CONTINENTAL AIRLINES will expand its service from
Houston to Mexico by adding four new Mexican destinations from
April to June, bringing the number of Mexican cities the airline
serves to 27. Pending approval, the airline's Continental Express
subsidiary will begin daily nonstop service from George Bush
Airport in Houston to Monclova (April 4), Puebla (May 2), Oaxaca
(June 10) and Toluca (June 10). "Our new daily nonstop service to
these Mexican destinations is a clear sign of Continental's
commitment to providing travelers with convenient access to
Mexico's business and leisure markets," said Jim Summerford,
vp-international for Continental. Continental Express will use
50-passenger Embraer jets on each of the new routes except to
Monclova, where it will use a 37-seat jet.
SPANISH AIRLINE IBERIA AND MEXICAN CARRIER
MEXICANA signed a code-sharing agreement and linked their
frequent flyer programs. The code-share pact expands Iberia's reach
in Mexico and allows its customers to fly to 30 destinations from
Mexico City and Cancun. The deal will also give Iberia access to 10
new destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Mexicana gains access to
34 destinations in Spain, 31 in other European countries and six in
Africa and the Middle East.
KERZNER INT'L last week took the wraps off the
One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos after an $80 million
renovation that lasted 10 months. Kerzner acquired a 50% equity
interest in Palmilla in 2002 and signed a long-term management
contract for the luxury resort. As part of the renovation, Palmilla
opened C, a fine dining restaurant owned by celebrity chef Charlie
Trotter, and the property's room count increased to 172 units.
Kerzner launched One&Only as a luxury brand in Europe in late
SPANISH CHAIN RIU HOTELS & RESORTS is
bullish on Cancun, where it opened the Riu Palace Las Americas last
week, its third resort in Cancun and its eighth in Mexico. RIU
classifies the 368-room all-inclusive resort as a five-star
property with six restaurants, a fitness facility and spa, and a
meetings room for 100 guests. Four of its rooms have been adapted
for guests with disabilities. RIU's other Cancun properties are the
Riu Cancun and Riu Caribe. The chain plans to open its ninth hotel
in Mexico in December, the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering reduced rates at
the Hyatt Regency Cancun for bookings made by March 31. Four-night,
land-only packages start at $283 per person, double, reflecting a
savings of $240 per couple, Pleasant said. Prices include roundtrip
airport transfers, accommodations, all hotel taxes and surcharges,
and on-site assistance from a Pleasant Holidays representative. The
offer applies to customers who travel through Feb. 29, and from
April 12 to June 30. For information and reservations, call (800)
448-3333 or visit www.pleasantholidays.com or www.pleasantagent.com.
CORRECTION: Through Feb. 29, Funjet Vacations
is offering clients savings of $100 per reservation to Mexico. We
erroneously reported last week that the savings was "per person."
To qualify, travel must be completed by Dec. 15, a four-night
minimum stay is required and the reservation must be for a minimum
of $1,800 per person.