Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Feb. 28, 2007

UNITED VACATIONS is offering 50% off kids air fare when customers book air-land packages to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Puerto Vallarta. The 50% discount is valid for purchases and travel through Dec. 15. Some blackout dates are in effect. There must be one adult for each child who qualifies for the promotion, and children must be 12 years old or younger. Air must be booked in bulk economy/H class. Customers must complete the Kids Airfare Rebate form and send it to United within 30 days of the trips completion. Rebates will be issued within six to eight weeks after the rebate form is received by United. For information or reservations, call (800) 328-6877.

THE BARCELO Premium La Jolla de Mismaloya Hotel in Puerto Vallarta completed a beach restoration project that added 50 feet of beachfront to the property. The beach restoration program is part of a multimillion-dollar property upgrade that is taking part in phases and will include all resort facilities and services. The five-star, all-inclusive La Jolla de Mismaloya has 304 suites with private terraces overlooking Mismaloya Bay. Sixteen presidential suites have two bedrooms, a living room and dining area, two baths and a larger terrace.

THE MARQUIS REFORMA HOTEL in Mexico City launched a Centro Historico package to coincide with the XXIII Festival de Mexico, a major arts festival scheduled from March 15 to 31. The Festival de Mexico in the Historic Center is widely regarded as one of Latin Americas top cultural festivals, offering more than 10 diverse performances in music, ballet and theater. The hotels Centro Historico package starts at $360 a night, double, and includes daily breakfast, transportation to the venue, two daily tickets to performances and 20% off treatments at Spa Marquis. For full performance details, visit To book the package, call (800) 235-2387 or visit

THE CASAMAGNA Marriott Puerto Vallarta is offering an Escape Relaxation package starting at $264 a night, double, to promote its new Ohtli Spa. The resort said the package price represents a savings of 43% off regular rates. Available from April 15 to Dec. 16, the package includes accommodations in a deluxe room with ocean views, daily breakfast, two spa treatments per person, two fitness classes and use of the fitness center and indoor pool. To book, call (800) 228-9290.

THE RIVIERA MAYA Tourism Promotion Board named Javier Aranda Pedrero director of tourism. Aranda Pedrero was formerly undersecretary of tourism promotion for the Tourism Secretariat in Quintana Roo.

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