Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter: March 5, 2003

AMERICA WEST VACATIONS will launch packages to Cancun and the Riviera Maya to coincide with the start of America West Airlines' daily nonstop between Phoenix and Cancun on June 1, the only daily nonstop service between the two cities. Packages will include roundtrip air, a minimum of three nights' accommodations, all meals and drinks and use of non-motorized water sports. Some of the packages also will include America West Vacations' "Kids Stay and Eat Free" component. America West vacations also offers packages to Acapulco, Guadalajara, Guaymas, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta. For information or reservations, call (800) 356-6611 or visit the Web at

COZUMEL introduced a pass that lets tourists visit the ecological parks of Chankanaab and Punta Sur, as well as a number of attractions, including the Cozumel Museum, for a reduced price. The $20 pass, which is available at the island's parks and hotels, also offers a combined total of $20 in savings on snorkel rentals, dive tours and the Spacewalker bungee jumping attraction. Pass holders also receive a 20% discount on domestic drinks, such as Mexican beer, at restaurants in Chankanaab Park, including La Laguna and El Bucanero, and a 15% discount at the restaurant in the Cozumel Museum in downtown San Miguel. The pass, which offers combined savings of more than $30, will be available until Dec. 31.

MEXSEASUN is offering $100 off a Mexican vacation for bookings made between March 25 and April 30 for travel April 1 to Sept. 30. Bookings must be made via using code HOP2MEX. Vacations include roundtrip air, three nights' hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers and the $100 discount. Vacations to Los Cabos start at $349 per person, double, from Los Angeles with accommodations at the all-inclusive Fiesta Inn. Vacations to Puerto Vallarta begin at $399 from Chicago with accommodations at the Villa Varadero. All bookings made electronically earn 15% commission.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS teamed with the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta for two reduced rate specials, one valid for travel through April 10, and the other valid for travel April 20 through Sept. 30. Accommodations are in run-of-house and oceanview rooms. Four-night, land-only packages through April 10 start at $369 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $112 per room. Four-night, land-only packages from April 20 to Sept. 30 start at $334 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $220 per room. Prices include all meals, drinks, activities, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and surcharges, and on-site assistance from Pleasant's customer service representatives. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit the Web at

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