Meagan Drillinger
Meagan Drillinger

A new year means new beginnings and new destinations that are bubbling to the surface. Here are a few cities to keep on your radar when suggesting places to your clients who want a taste of something different.

Acapulco

For years, a muddied reputation has left Acapulco sadly off the tourist map for most U.S. travelers. But the city has been working tirelessly to bring back the solid Acapulco name. And 2017 will be no different as millions of dollars are being invested into the destination.

Earlier this year, members of the Committee for Acapulco Connectivity met with executives from Aeromexico, Aeromar, TAR, Interjet and Volaris to discuss adding routes and increasing awareness of existing service to the city. Aeromexico has already committed to promoting international connections to Acapulco through Mexico City. Through April 3, United Airlines will fly its Acapulco route daily from Houston, as well.

In this vein, work on the new passenger terminal at Acapulco's General Juan N. Alvarez Airport is under way. The terminal will have more than 194,000 square feet of space, which will double its current facilities. The design provides for modern amenities, technology, and services, and represents an investment of nearly $30 million with the capacity for 1.3 million passengers a year.

Huatulco

Three hundred miles down the coast from Acapulco is a west coast gem of a beach town. Huatulco, in the southern state of Oaxaca, consists of 36 beaches spread over nine bays, only two of which are developed. Currently in Huatulco are around 3,000 hotel rooms and plenty of projects in the pipeline. Karisma Hotels & Resorts is planning to break ground early next year on the El Dorado Huatulco. Already in existence are a Secrets resort and a renovated Dreams property.

Huatulco is a 50-minute flight from Mexico City into the Bahias de Huatulco Airport.

Puebla

One of Mexico's most beautiful and cultural colonial cities, Puebla is often glossed over for shinier names like San Miguel de Allende. But this city just outside Mexico City is its own playground for history and culture lovers.

In 1987 Unesco declared Puebla's downtown a World Heritage Site, as it is home to more than 2,600 historic sites and 365 churches. The city is also known for its mole poblano, which is one of the national dishes of Mexico, as well as for its lively Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Puebla is also within easy distance of Cantona and Cholula, both of which have archaeological sites and the world's largest pyramid.

In 2017 Rosewood Puebla will open its doors to be the fourth Rosewood property in Mexico. The hotel will be near the city's main Zocalo, which is Puebla's cultural, religious and political center. Rosewood Puebla will be housed in a collection of buildings from different eras, all surrounding a courtyard. It will be made up of 78 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant, the Lavaderos de Almoloya bar and a Sense spa with four private treatment rooms. A rooftop bar and swimming pool will have views over the Iglesia de San Francisco. Within the courtyard is a 300-year-old chapel, which can be used by guests as a wedding venue.

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