Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: January 28, 2004

ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS was tapped to manage an upscale, 120-suite hotel in Mexico's Riviera Maya that will be part of a mixed-use resort development called Laguna Kai. The entire Laguna Kai development will include the Rosewood-managed Laguna Kai resort, a spa, shops, and 70 privately owned villas that will be priced starting at $500,000. Laguna Kai is scheduled to open by fall 2005. Laguna Kai is the first phase of a larger 1,600-acre resort development called Mayakoba, which will include hotels and as many as three 18-hole golf courses, including one designed by golfer Greg Norman.

MEXICANA, Mexico's second-largest airline, said it will sign a code-share agreement with American Airlines in April that will include more than 500 roundtrip flights each week between the U.S. and Mexico. It will allow American's passengers to fly to 21 new cities in Mexico, including Merida and Oaxaca. The agreement allows members of each airline's frequent-flyer programs to accrue miles on either airline. Mexicana operates 25% of the flights between Mexico and the U.S. and flies from 17 U.S. cities. The partnership comes two months after Mexicana terminated its code-share agreement with United.

UNITED VACATIONS expanded its Mexico product line by adding Cancun and the Riviera Maya to its existing Mexico itineraries. United recently launched nonstop Saturday flights between Washington (Dulles) and Cancun, allowing United to offer air-inclusive packages to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Seven-night packages are available for travel Feb. 21 to Dec. 31 and include accommodations, roundtrip air fare, hotel transfers and taxes. Cancun packages start at $579 per person, double, at the Oasis Beach and Spa, while prices for the Riviera Maya start at $639 at the Gran Porto Real. United Vacations can be purchased via the major GDSs, through VAX VacationAccess or by calling (800) 328-6877.

AEROMEXICO VACATIONS created packages to Mexico from Boston to coincide with Aeromexico's new nonstop service from Boston to Mexico City, launching Feb. 13. The new service from Boston will offer continuing service to Cancun, Acapulco, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta. Packages from Boston will include hotel accommodations, roundtrip air fare and airport transfers. Three-night packages from Boston start at $594 per person, double, in Acapulco; $644 in Cancun; $724 in Ixtapa; $749 in Los Cabos, and $799 in Puerto Vallarta. Aeromexico Vacations can be purchased via the major GDSs through VAX VacationAccess or by calling (800) 245-8585.

RUNAWAY is doubling its Runaway Rewards payout to agents for new bookings made through April 3. A year-round program, Runaway Rewards normally pays agents $10 for every air-inclusive booking of at least five nights. The new promotion will award agents $20 per booking during the "Double Rewards" period. To qualify for Runaway Rewards, bookings must include Runaway's "Cancellation and Revision Waiver." To redeem Runaway Rewards, contact a Runaway account manager at (800) 622 0733, Ext. 8290. For information or reservations, call (800) 622-0723 or e-mail [email protected].

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