Summer May be Ending But the Family Fun Continues at the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun!

The All-Inclusive Resort Extends its Kids 12 & Under Stay, Eat & Play Free, Year Round

CANCUN, Mexico,  — Family vacations don’t have to end because summer is officially over. The all-inclusive family-friendly, beachfront, Gran Caribe Real in Cancun is extending its Kids Stay, Eat & Play Free program year round through December 23, 2010 (certain blackout dates may apply).

“We decided to extend the program past the traditional summer vacation because our guests are telling us that more and more school districts are changing school calendars and providing vacation days throughout the year to complement what had been a traditionally long summer vacation,” said Fernando Garcia, Managing Director for Real Resorts which owns and operates the Gran Caribe Real. “It makes sense for us to continue to offer families a great value opportunity to travel with their kids year round,” added Garcia.

The Gran Caribe Real Cancun is located beachfront on the newly refurbished and expanded white Caribbean sand. It is in the center of Cancun’s popular Hotel Zone. The resort offers all-inclusive family vacation packages in its Family Suites, Gran Master and Presidential Suites. Family friendly rates are available that welcome up to two children, 12 and under for free, when sharing a Family Junior Suite with two paying adults, and teens ages 13 to 17 receive a 40% discount when sharing a suite with two paying adults. In addition, the Family Suites offer bunk bed configurations for even more room and more fun! All children also enjoy a special kid’s check-in.

And when families stay in a Master or Presidential Suite up to three children under 12 can stay for free and enjoy specially sized robes and slippers in the suites. And families staying for a minimum of five nights in an Ocean Front suite or higher at The Gran Caribe Real Cancun families receive a complimentary ‘swim with the dolphins’ experience for one person, valued at $140. Additional family members can also enjoy the experience at a 50% discount.

New this year, the resort has expanded its Kids Club and calls the new concept Oki Fun World. It includes the resort’s one-of-a-kind water escape, Oki Splash® and the Oki® Kids Club where children from four to twelve enjoy a full array of activities throughout the day and evening including poolside sandcastle building, face-painting, hula-hooping, drama classes and countless other crafts and activities. While teens can participate in the Resort’s unique T-Zone program and lounge in an age appropriate setting or indulge in activities such as a poolside manicure, a game of beach volleyball, or pick and choose among the waterslides, pools or just soak and swim the day away. There is also ping-pong and the indoor Oki Fun World which includes the video arcade.

For more information about family vacations at the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun contact a local travel consultant or Real Resorts at 800-760-0944. Hotel information can also be obtained at www.RealResorts.com

About Real Resorts

Real Resorts is a privately owned hotel company in Mexico. It owns and operates four all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen under “THE ROYAL”, and Gran brands, which appeal to a wide range of lifestyles. THE ROYAL in Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen offer luxury gourmet, all-inclusive, all-suite accommodations and attentive service for adults only. Both resorts are recipients two years in a row of the prestigious International Star Diamond Award, a recognition awarded by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences to the best five star hotels that exceed a selection of criteria for facilities, operations and service. The Gran Caribe Real in Cancun and the Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen offer personal service and upscale accommodations appropriate for families and travelers seeking a casual beachfront quality all Inclusive vacation experience. Reservations can be made through a travel agent or by calling 800-760-0944. For more information visit online at: www.RealResorts.com.

MEXICO SEES AN IMPRESSIVE 27.5 PERCENT INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVELERS IN JULY 2010

MEXICO CITY, September 4, 2010 – Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism recently announced that in July of this year, the number of international tourists arriving in Mexico by air increased by 27.5 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. This July, the airports of the Mexican Republic received 899,172 foreign visitors, a difference of 193,899 passengers in respect to the same time last year.

According to National Institute of Migration, the United States was the main market source for travelers into Mexico, seeing 583,732 Americans arriving in the country, an impressive 20.1 percent increase in comparison to 2009. Mexico also saw an increase in Canadian passengers traveling into the country:  57,587 Canadian travelers visited Mexico in July, an increase of 22,864 passengers. That is to say that there has been a 65.8 percent increase in Canadian travelers into Mexico in relation to the same time last year.

With the United States and Canada holding the top two spots in number of visitors, Spain comes in at number three with 35,893 Spanish travelers visiting Mexico in July, a 57.8 percent increase in respect to 2009. France registered an increase of 39.4 percent, with 17,564 French travelers arriving in July 2010, compared to the 12,597 French passengers that visited Mexico in 2009.

When it comes to Latin America, Argentina is the country with the most air travelers visiting Mexico, seeing 16,235 tourists touching down in one of Mexico’s many airports, representing a 48.3 percent increase from July of last year. And that was just in the month of July alone. Between January and July 2010, more than 108,000 Argentinean travelers visited Mexico, a 51 percent increase from 2009. Brazil is the Latin American country with the second most number of air travelers, with 13,546 arriving in July of this year, a 173 percent increase in comparison to July of 2009. Between January and July of this year, more than 68,000 Brazilians traveled to Mexico, a 106.5 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2009.

From January to July of this year, more than 6 million tourists traveled into Mexico via air, which represents an impressive 19.8 percent increase from the same period in 2009. From January to July 2010, nearly 4 million travelers came from the United States alone, a 16.9 percent increase compared to 2009. Nearly 1 million Canadian tourists traveled to Mexico between January and July of this year, a 20.2 percent increase from 2009.

As visitation has risen this year, so has investment in Mexico’s tourism sector between January and July. Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara Manzo, reported that Mexico’s federal government has invested more than $3 billion into new tourism projects, generating 12,000 new jobs in the tourism sector. Furthermore, Secretary Guevara Manzo reported that from January to June 2010, $1.833 billion dollars were attributed to private sector investment, of which 88.4 percent were from domestic investors and 11.6 percent from foreign investors. These resources were channeled to the development of 402 projects, with 50.4 percent located in the center of the country, 36.6 percent located in beach zones, 9.2 percent in the northern border, and 3.8 percent in the “Mayan world.” The level of private investment has seen a 29.2 percent increase over the amount recorded in the same period of 2009.

THE ROMANCE OF TRAIN TRAVEL LIVES ON AT PUEBLA’S NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

By John Mitchell

The old Puebla railway station, which is now part of the Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos or National Railway Museum in the city of Puebla, Mexico
The old Puebla railway station, which is now part of the Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos or National Railway Museum in the city of Puebla, Mexico

PUEBLA — A decade has passed since passenger service ground to a halt on Mexico’s railroads. However, the romance of train travel lives on at the Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles (MFNM) or National Railway Museum in the city of Puebla. Continue reading THE ROMANCE OF TRAIN TRAVEL LIVES ON AT PUEBLA’S NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

American Airlines and American Eagle Extend Ticketing Deadline to Help Customers Affected by Mexicana Airlines Service Suspension

FORT WORTH, Texas /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, today announced that the deadline for the special 20 percent discount off of any published fare for customers holding tickets for confirmed bookings on cancelled Mexicana flights has been extended until Sept. 12, 2010.

Under an offer that became effective on Aug. 30, 2010, American and American Eagle will replace a customer’s travel itinerary with a new confirmed ticket to their original destination or to the closest airport served by the carriers. This offer is only valid for travel between the U.S. and Mexico. Changes to the closest airport served by American or American Eagle are permitted only if American or American Eagle do not serve the original destination. Travel must occur within seven days of the original travel dates. Travel must be completed by Oct. 28, 2010.

To take advantage of this special offer, customers may call American Airlines reservations:

  U.S.-based Customers
--  1-800-433-7300 (English)
--  1-800-633-3711 (Spanish)
Mexico-based Customers
--  5209-1400 (Mexico City only)
--  01-800-904-6000 (Rest of Mexico)

For more information related to how American and American Eagle are assisting customers due to flights cancelled by Mexicana Airlines, please visit www.aa.com.

Mazatlán Announces Fall 2010 FAM Trips For ‘Mazatlán Mazters’

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Travel Planners Explore Rich Culture, Cuisine and More During October, November Visits

Mazatlán – From virtual to reality, travel professionals across the globe can now experience the full flavors of authentic Mazatlán.

This major destination on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is pleased to host two FAM trips for graduates of the Mazatlán Mazters online learning course. Newly announced trip dates for Fall 2010 are Oct. 28 – 31 and Nov. 4 – 7. The cost of each three-night/four-day trip is $99 USD per agent. Additionally, the destination is offering airfare rebates ranging between $200 and $300.

“We are delighted to welcome all Mazatlán Mazters to our beautiful city to see for themselves why Mazatlán is better than ever,” says Carlos Berdegue, vice president, Mazatlán Hotel Association and Tourism Board. “Mazatlán is home to vibrant culture, fabulous cuisine, beautiful scenery, unique events and much more.  This trip presents an exceptional value for travel professionals, and with the generous airfare subsidy, there’s no better time to visit than now.”

Extending the Mazatlán Mazters online training program, each three-night FAM tour will immerse participants in the many facets of this tourism hotspot, recently named Travelocity Mexico’s “Best Family Beach Destination.” Travel planners will experience a rich mix of authentic culture and premier tourism offerings in Mazatlán: golden-sand beaches; new cosmopolitan resorts; world-class spas; award-winning dining and culinary tours; renowned sportfishing; eco-adventures and scenic colonial town excursions. New growth and development will showcase Mazatlan’s 25-acre, modern convention center, as well as a soon-to-open championship golf course designed by David Fleming.

“The Mazatlán Mazters program provides a unique online introduction to Mazatlán, allowing travel agents to log on and explore the destination virtually – at their own pace from anywhere in the world,” Berdegue points out. “Now, through these FAM trips, program graduates will truly experience authentic Mazatlan firsthand, from a local’s perspective.”

October and November Mazatlán Mazters FAM Trips are open to all full-time travel agents who have completed the online study program and are current holders of a valid CLIA/IATAN card. The $99 USD trip registration fee covers the costs of enrollment; three-night, double occupancy accommodations in either the Five-Star or Gran Turismo category; scheduled meals, airport transfers and transportation; site visits and specialized tours. While participants are responsible for air travel arrangements, the destination is offering individual airfare subsidies ranging from $200 – $300, depending on travelers’ city of origin.  Rebate checks will be issued automatically within two weeks of the trip’s completion. Group participants are asked to contribute a one-time $40 USD gratuity for the entire trip.

The Mazatlán Mazters Study Course and FAM Trip Program are administered and coordinated by Destination Ventures, Ltd in partnership with the Mazatlán Hotel Association and Tourism Board.

Unique Learning Tool

The free, three-step Mazatlán Mazters program features interactive study courses and a digital travel library. Agents can study 24/7 via the series of training modules, including “A Welcome to Mazatlán” and individual resort lessons. Each interactive course features virtual-tour maps of Mazatlán, as well as electronic reference materials that include a full-color, 30-page study guide and extensive insider tips.  Students can take notes online, post class bulletins and chat with virtual classmates. For course study questions or technical support, a dedicated, toll-free support hotline is available to provide live assistance Mon. – Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Mazatlán Mazters program also features a variety of benefits and exclusive offers. Course graduates will earn continuing education credits from The Travel Institute (U.S.) and Canadian Institute of Travel Counselors (CITC) towards the professional Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) program. The unique “Camarón Credits” sales reward program awards each Mazatlán booking with points toward rewards that can be used, transferred or even sold.  The program features customized immersion trips, as well as a consumer lead program generated by The Mazatlán Hotel Association online database.

For more information on upcoming Mazatlán Mazters FAM trips or to enroll, travel planners can visit the program’s official website at www.Mazatlan-Mazters.com. You can also visit the official site of the Mazatlán Hotel Association and Tourism Board at www.gomazatlan.com.

About Mazatlán
Mazatlán is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico’s second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two.  Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local “pulmonías” or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at www.gomazatlán.com