Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter: Nov. 19, 2003

THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP opened the 70-room Crowne Plaza Toluca-Lancaster after completing a half-million dollar renovation. Formerly known as the Plaza Lancaster Toluca Hotel, the property features a restaurant, Antibes, serving three meals a day; Abanicos, a lobby bar serving light meals with a jazz band performing in the evenings; a full-service spa; 5,000 square feet of meetings space; and a fitness center. Rooms were upgraded with dual-line phones with voice mail and data ports; work desks; and coffee makers. The hotel offers free parking and shuttle service. For reservations or information, call (800) 2-CROWNE or visit the Web at www.crowneplaza.com.

APPLE VACATIONS and the HUATULCO HOTEL ASSOCIATION are offering a "Sunshine Guaranteed" promotion to all Apple clients from Dec. 15 to March 31. Under the promotion, if it rains for three or more consecutive hours on any given day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during these dates, clients will be reimbursed $50 per guest, up to a maximum of $100 per room, per day. The reimbursement will be in the form of cash or credit applied to check out charges. All hotels featured in Apple Vacations' Huatulco product line are participating. For information or reservations, call (800) 365-2775 or visit www.applevacations.com.

AEROMEXICO VACATIONS launched a "Grand Wedding" program in conjunction with Occidental Hotels & Resorts. The program offers complete wedding arrangements -- including services of a wedding coordinator and judge, the ceremony and the marriage license -- as well as honeymoon packages for couples traveling to Cancun and staying at Occidental's Grand Xcaret, Allegro Playacar or Caribbean Village resorts. Prices begin at $539 per person, double, including roundtrip air from Atlanta on Aeromexico, three nights' hotel accommodations; all meals and snacks; and taxes and gratuities. The promotion is in effect for travel through Sept. 1 and must be booked by April 1. Aeromexico Vacations can be purchased in the major GDSs, through VAX VacationAccess or by calling (800) 245-8585.

CLASSIC MEXICO and BRISAS HOTELS & RESORTS paired up to offer four nights for the price of three at four Brisas resorts: Las Brisas Acapulco, Las Brisas Huatulco, Las Hadas Golf Resort and Las Brisas Ixtapa. The promotion is valid for bookings made by Dec. 16 for travel through Dec. 20. Prices at Las Brisas Acapulco start at $272 per person, double, including daily room service breakfast; prices at Las Brisas Huatulco start at $227; prices at Las Hadas Golf Resort start at $221; and prices at Las Brisas Ixtapa start at $216. For information or reservations, call Classic Custom Vacations at (800) 221-3949.

AMERICA WEST extended the booking date for its sale on first class seats to Nov. 21. Prices star at $399 one-way to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. America West said the prices reflect a savings of up to 70% off its non-discounted first class fares. The promotion is in effect for travel through March 31. Roundtrip purchase is not required. Tickets can be purchased by calling America West at (800) 235 9292 or on the Web at www.americawest.com.

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