Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: June 13, 2007

MEXICO CITY is gearing up for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mexican artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo, who will be celebrated with the largest-ever exhibition of her paintings at the Fine Arts Palace in the Mexican capital. The exhibit, scheduled for June 13 to Aug. 19, will include 354 pieces of Kahlos works on loan from museums in Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nagoya, Japan. The exhibit encompasses one-third of Kahlos artistic production, the museum said. In addition to the paintings, it will feature manuscripts and 50 letters that have not been displayed previously. The most recent international exhibition of Kahlos works took place in 2005 at the Tate Modern in London, which displayed 87 works. The Fine Arts Palace is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

ANOTHER EXHIBITION honoring Kahlo will take place in August at Casa Azul, the house where Kahlo was born and raised and is now the official Frida Kahlo Museum. Situated in the Mexico City neighborhood of Coyoacan, the Frida Kahlo Museum will exhibit letters from Kahlos husband, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, as well as a collection of recently discovered wardrobe items belonging to Kahlo. Meanwhile, Tia Stephanie Tours in Michigan is offering The Life and Legacy of Frida Kahlo, a seven-night tour that includes guided admission to the Frida Kahlo Museum, the Kahlo exhibition at the Fine Arts Palace, day excursions to Puebla and Cholula, and meals at some of Mexico Citys finest restaurants, among other activities. The itinerary is scheduled for Aug. 10 to 17 and costs $1,785, double, including accommodations, daily breakfast and itinerary meals, museum entrance fees, services of guides, transportation and airport transfers. Air fare is extra. Visit www.tiastephanietours.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added two new deals to Mexico as part of its Hot Deals campaign. The first Hot Deal offers a $100 discount for select four-night or longer bookings to Mexico for travel between June 8 and Sept. 19. The second Hot Deal includes a $150 activity credit for select four-night or longer packages to Mexico that include travel between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31.  For information on participating resorts, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.

UNITED VACATIONS is offering room upgrades starting at $5 a night per person at Mexicos Occidental Hotels & Resort. Under the promotion, customers who book a minimum three-night stay at a participating Allegro or Occidental Grand property by July 31 can upgrade to a higher room category for a fee ranging from $5 to $20 per person per night. Vacations must include a roundtrip flight, and travel must be completed by Dec. 16. At the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret, for example, guests who pay $20 per person per night for a room upgrade receive a one-hour massage, breakfast in bed the first day and a 10% discount on spa treatments. Call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

AIRLINE NEWS

" Continental on June 7 launched twice-weekly service between Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Loreto, Mexico. During peak travel months in the summer, winter and spring, the flight will depart Houston at 11:10 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Loreto at 1:18 p.m. The return flight leaves Loreto at 1:50 p.m. and arrives in Houston at 5:35 p.m. In the fall, the service will operate once a week on Saturdays. The flights are operated aboard Embraer-145 XR jets with room for 50 passengers. In conjunction with the flight, the Loreto Bay Co. launched Summer Getaway rates at the Inn at Loreto Bay. The Summer Getaway promotion is in effect through September and includes complimentary water sports. For more on the property, visit www.innatloretobay.com/hotel.

" Frontier Airlines on June 7 launched nonstop service between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Mazatlan three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights depart DFW at noon and arrive in Mazatlan at 1:30 p.m. Return flights depart Mazatlan at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in Dallas at 5:35 p.m. The service uses an Airbus A319.



Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

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