UNITED AIRLINES said it will launch seasonal
service between Denver, its second-largest hub, and Mexico City.
The nonstop service will operate on Saturdays from Dec. 14 through
April 26. The service will be operated aboard an Airbus 319 with
room for 124 passengers in two classes of service. Flight 1959 will
depart Denver at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 2:39 p.m.
Return flight 1960 will depart Mexico City at 3:40 p.m. and arrive
in Denver at 6:11 p.m. With the addition of the Denver service,
United will serve Mexico City from all of its domestic hubs,
including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington
US AIRWAYS VACATIONS rolled out a number of
incentives for travel agent who sell their product line, including
Mexico. The incentives are in effect for bookings made through
Sept. 30 for travel through Dec. 31. Agents who are members of the
tour operator's Preferred Partnership program will earn their
agency double credits for each package booked via VAX Vacation
Access at www.vacationaccess.com. For each VAX booking, agents
will be entered to win one of 14 three-night trips to a number of
US Airways destinations, including the Hyatt Regency in Cancun. In
addition, agents will earn an additional $10 for each GDS booking,
$20 for each VAX booking and $10 per room for any group booking.
Agents are responsible for tracking their sales and submitting them
to US Airways Vacations. For additional information, call (800)
MEETING PROFESSIONALS INT'L said its executives
met with Mexico President Vicente Fox to discuss ways of expanding
the country's meetings market. MPI said the Mexican government has
beefed up security in convention areas, and that the country is
launching a public awareness campaign to promote it as a safe
destination. Fox also is supporting legislation to make meetings in
Mexico tax exempt, according to MPI.
CLIENTS WHO BUY one of Mayatour's Yucatan
Peninsula escorted tours can take along a companion for free in
September. The two will share a double room, and all tours include
three daily meals and the services of a guide. Air fare is extra.
The four- and five-night tours cost from $1,100 per person, double.
In October, Mayatour is offering a "three-for-two special." Two
people booking a tour in October can take a third person along for
free. Air fare is extra. Mayatour also has reduced the price of a
number of tours. The Oaxaca Symphony Tour, which begins in Mexico
City on Jan. 18 and ends in Cancun on Feb. 2, costs $2,499 per
person, double, down from $2,900. Mayatour's five-night Yucatan
Discover tour of the Yucatan Peninsula scheduled for Dec. 3 and Jan
21 cost $1,199, down from $1,353. For additional information or
reservations, call (800) 392-6292 or visit the Web at www.mayatour.com.
MEXICANA AIRLINES said it will launch nonstop
service between Mexico City and Vancouver on Dec. 14. The flights
will operate five times a week aboard an Airbus 319 with room for
120 in business and coach. In addition to the new Vancouver
flights, Mexicana, in cooperation with Air Canada, will increase
its service from Mexico City to Montreal to seven days a week and
boost its flights from the Mexican capital to Toronto to 12 a week
starting Dec. 12.
MEANWHILE, Mexicana's tour division, MexSeaSun,
introduced e-ticketing to all 14 of the operator's Mexico
destinations. MexSeaSun said the switch allows customers to book
packages with air fare up to two business days prior to departure.
Customers will receive hard copies of their itineraries, which
include flight times, hotel information, transfers and package
information. MexSeaSun's U.S. gateways are Los Angeles, San
Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; Denver; San
Antonio; Miami; New York (JFK); and Chicago. MexSeaSun is available
via the GDSs and VAX Vacation Access. For call center reservations,
call (866) 263-9732 or visit www.mexseasun.com.
BRISAS HOTELS & Resorts said it will open
Las Brisas Huatulco, the former Club Med Huatulco, in November. The
firm bought the resort earlier this year and embarked on a
multimillion-dollar renovation. "We have a very ambitious
refurbishing project under way, which will modify the rooms and
services in accordance to the philosophy" of the Mexican hotel
company, said Rafael Millan, CEO. In addition to Las Brisas
Huatulco, Brisas Hotels & Resorts owns and operates Las Brisas
Acapulco; Las Brisas Ixtapa; Las Hadas Manzanillo; Hacienda Jurica
in Queretaro; and Galeria Plaza in Mexico City. For information or
reservations, call (888) 559-4329 or visit the Web at www.brisas.com.mx.