If you ask officials at Travel
Impressions, they will tell you that Mexico's Caribbean coast is
the land of opportunity. The tour operator has expanded its
portfolio of hotels in the state of Quintana Roo more than any
other region in Mexico this year.
It all comes down
to the growth potential for Cancun and the Riviera Maya, according
to John Hanratty, chief marketing officer at Travel
"These are the
areas of strongest growth for Travel Impressions," he said. "We
have been quick to add new properties in the three- to five-star
categories. We are seeing terrific growth in the all-inclusive
segment in particular."
this year include the Barcelo Costa
Cancun and Barcelo Tucancun Beach, both in Cancun; the Azul Blue
Hotel & Spa by Karisma and Maroma (an Orient Express Hotel),
both in the Riviera Maya; and the Ixchel Beach Hotel by Karisma and
Unik, both on Isla Mujeres.
Travel Impressions has added three Palace Resorts properties that
are reopening this spring following renovations: the Beach Palace,
Cancun Palace and Sun Palace, all in Cancun.
On the Pacific
Coast, additions include the Grand Mayan Resort in
"The new Cancun
and Riviera Maya properties offer characteristics and features that
are new to the destinations," Hanratty said. "For example, the
gourmet-inclusive concept is offered at Azul Blue. The property
offers a cooking school. The Grand Mayan Resorts are designed for
travelers seeking a European Plan hotel instead of an
hotels in the Cancun area have undergone renovations, they have
reopened with new concepts," he added. "For example, Sun Palace
reopened as a couples-only property and is the first deluxe,
all-inclusive resort in Mexico."
N.Y.-based tour operator has reported growth for most of its
Mexican product, according to Hanratty.
other destinations sold by Travel Impressions, Hanratty said,
"Mexico, regionally, is our second-largest destination after the
Caribbean and is outpacing the Caribbean in growth despite the fact
that the Caribbean is also growing very nicely.
are looking strong overall," he added. "Cancun and Cozumel have
rebounded and are very strong, as is Puerto Vallarta. Los Cabos and
Acapulco, however, are showing some signs of softness."
Regarding the new
U.S. passport requirements, Hanratty said, "The new passport
regulations do not appear to have had any significant impact to
date. Travel Impressions was very proactive, calling all customers
with bookings after the effective date and posting advisements and
instructions on how travelers can obtain passports, including
normal governmental channels and expediting services."
that U.S. vacationers who head to Mexico have evolved.
Mexico are looking for more upscale properties than ever before,
and Mexico has responded in kind. Customers are also seeking value
for their money, and the surge in all-inclusives demonstrates
Even as travelers
to Mexico seek value, they are looking for more reasons to choose
each destination and hotel, according to Hanratty.
are interested in a wider range of amenities, such as spa services
and golf, and have a greater enthusiasm in the all-inclusive sector
for high-quality food and drink. Travel Impressions, through its
product line, caters to this new breed of Mexico
information, call Travel Impressions at (800) 284-0044 or visit www.travelimpressions.com.
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