Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: March 24, 2004

ATTENTION GUITAR AFICIONADOS. Zihuatanejo will host the first of what it hopes will be an annual event -- the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival -- April 18 to 25. The guitar festival will feature some of the world's most renowned musicians specializing in classical, blues, jazz and flamenco guitar, including Jenny Kerr, Phil "Philbillie" Milner, Jimi Mamou, Nick Vigarino and Steve Denyes, among others. The event will take place in seven main venues, including hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs around Zihuatanejo Bay, including a kick-off concert at Las Gatas beach. The event will include a free Guitar Fair, a jam session for local musicians, on April 25 on Zihuatanejo's main plaza. Ticket prices start at about $4.50. For more information, visit www.zihua-ixtapa.com/zihua/guitarfest or E-mail [email protected].

FUNJET VACATIONS is marketing kids-stay-free packages to Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta. In Cancun and the Riviera Maya, kids stay free at the all-inclusive Continental Plaza Cancun from April 16 to Dec. 23, at the all-inclusive Iberostar Paraiso Beach from May 1 to 31 and Sept. 1 to Dec. 22 and at the all-inclusive Iberostar Quetzal from May 1 to 31 and Sept. 1 to Dec. 22. In Puerto Vallarta, the promotion is in effect at the all-inclusive Sierra Nuevo Vallarta from April 16 to Aug. 31, at the all-inclusive Royal Decameron Costas Flamingos from April 21 to Aug. 31 and at the all-inclusive Vista Playa de Oro from June 7 to Sept. 5. To book, call (800) 558-3050 or visit the Web at www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

WORRY-FREE VACATIONS is boosting its seasonal programs from St. Louis with two new weekly flights to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. The St. Louis-Puerto Vallarta program will depart Fridays from June 4 to Aug. 6. Seven-night air/hotel packages start at $467.99 per person, double. The operator also announced an additional weekly flight from St. Louis to Cancun from June 5 to Aug. 7, bringing the number of its Cancun departures from St. Louis to eight. A seven-night air/hotel package in Cancun starts at $524.99 per person, double. For information or reservations, call (800) 328-0025 or visit the Web at www.worryfreevacationsagent.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS launched free-night promotions at the Melia Cabo Real All-Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort in Los Cabos when guests stay from April 10 to June 30. Guests who book four nights get the fourth night free, while guests who book seven nights get the sixth and seventh nights free. Reservations must be made by April 10. With the free nights, a four-night, land-only package at the resort starts at $499 per person, double, while a seven-night package starts at $972 per person, double. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers, meals and beverages, and hotel taxes and surcharges. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit the Web at www.PleasantAgent.com.

ROLODEX: Gogo Worldwide Vacations named Colette Baruth vice president for Mexico and Latin America. In addition, the company named Fiona Taylor director of marketing for Mexico and Belize.

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