Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: April 14, 2004

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP opened the 193-room Crowne Plaza Torreon in an upscale residential area of Torreon, about two-and-a-half miles from Francisco Sarabia Airport. The $20 million, 11-story property features three restaurants; rooms with work areas, high-speed Internet access and two-line phones with voicemail; 3,400 square feet of meetings space; a business center; free parking for hotel guests; a fitness center; and 24-hour room service, among other amenities. For information or reservations, call (800) 2-CROWNE or visit

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS rolled out its latest version of Mexico Extravaganza, a promotion that offers up to 40% off at more than 100 hotels and resorts. Bookings must be made between April 11 and May 30 for travel April 18 to Dec. 23. In its third year, the promotion was introduced after 9/11 to help kickstart bookings to Mexico. Gogo said that the Extravaganza program offers savings on seven-night packages to 11 Mexican destinations, including Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya. Shorter and longer stays are available. In addition, many of the properties allow children under age 12 to stay, play and eat for free when staying in their parents' room and ordering from a children's menu. For more information or reservations, call a local Gogo office or visit the Web at Gogo also is bookable through the major GDSs.

AEROMEXICO VACATIONS launched a promotion for customers flying from Miami to Cancun. It offers discounts of up to $200 per person, depending on the package price. The promotion is in effect for bookings made by April 30 for travel through Sept. 30. To qualify, the promotional code "MUCHO" must be entered at the time of booking. Discounts range from $75 per person on packages costing between $800 and $1,500; the $200 discounts apply to packages costing $2,501 and more. Aeromexico Vacations' packages from Miami to Cancun start at $324 per person, double, for three nights at the all-inclusive Imperial Laguna. All packages include roundtrip air fare on Aeromexico. For information or reservations, call (800) 245-8585 or visit Aeromexico Vacations also is bookable via the major GDSs.

ANOTHER OPERATOR promoting its Cancun itineraries is Runaway, which introduced new package prices for spring and summer. From San Diego, for example, four-night packages with air fare start at $905 per person, double, at the Cancun Palace, including discounts for rental cars, golf and sightseeing. For information or reservations, call (800) 622-0723.

PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS appointed three general managers for its resorts in Mexico. The company named Armando Garcia general manager of the Presidente InterContinental Guadalajara; Paul Ingerbretsen general manager of the Presidente InterContinental Cancun; and Miguel Torres general manager of the Presidente InterContinental Monterrey.

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