Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Dec. 31, 2003

JTL CAPITAL IN DALLAS purchased the Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort in Los Cabos from its Mexican owners for an undisclosed sum. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, which has managed Las Ventanas since the property opened in July 1997, will continue operating the resort under a new long-term management agreement. As part of the deal, Las Ventanas will expand its spa and fitness center, build a library and espresso bar, and expand its retail area.

MORE THAN 400 POLICE OFFICERS in Mexico City recently completed a three-month "Tourist Security" program that is part of the city's efforts to reduce crime, boost its image and increase tourism. The program was designed to make the city's cops aware of the importance of tourism to the capital's economy. The ongoing program includes English lessons and educational tours of spots frequented by tourists in Mexico City, including museums, churches and historical sites. Earlier this year, cops on horseback wearing traditional Mexican cowboy outfits began patrolling the 22-acre Alameda Park in the capital's historic district. Their wide-brimmed sombreros, spurs and sabers, as well as badges and pistols distinguish the mounted cops.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering the fifth night free and a number of other value-added benefits at the deluxe CasaMagna Marriott Resort Cancun. From Jan. 6 to April 15, five-night, land-only packages start at $479 per person, double. The package includes daily breakfast for adults, complimentary meals for kids 12 years old and younger, 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 www.pleasantagent.com.

AMERICAN LAUNCHED NEW YEAR'S FARES to more than 250 destinations, including Mexico. Customers must book by Jan. 12 to qualify for the promotion. In Mexico, one-way fares [based on roundtrip purchase] from Los Angels to Los Cabos are $119 in coach, while one-way fares from Dallas to Mexico City are $170 in coach. Travel dates vary by destination, but all travel in Mexico must be complete by May 20.

THE 237-SUITE MARQUIS LOS CABOS BEACH, GOLF, SPA & CASITAS RESORT introduced a "Sense of Adventure" package that offers guests a choice of a whale watching or motor scooter tour, and a full day of fishing on a yacht with fishing equipment and a guide. The package includes accommodations in a casita with a private pool, daily breakfast and a rental car. Three-night packages start at $1,295 per person, double, from Jan. 5 to May 31; $1,225 from June 1 to Oct. 10 and $1,350 from Oct. 11 to Dec. 18. For information or reservations, call (877) 238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.

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