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DATELINE ACAPULCO: All Is Well

Beautiful AcapulcoAcapulco, Mexico (September 5, 2007) – The Acapulco Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that the tourism infrastructure of the destination, its airport and all hotels have resumed normal operations after Tropical Storm Henriette passed over the Pacific coast of the state of Guerrero this past weekend.

Officials at Acapulco’s Alvarez International Airport report that the airport did not incur any damage and is fully operational with all airlines running on their normal flight schedules.

Roads throughout Acapulco are in good condition. Electric and telephone services additionally remained operational without major interruption throughout the storm.

“Our hotels were well prepared to keep guests safe and comfortable,” says Jesus Radilla, Director of the Acapulco Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The tourism zone is in great condition and ready to receive visitors. In Acapulco, it’s business as usual under sunny skies.”

A magical combination of incredible beauty and hypnotic charm, Acapulco is Mexico’s largest and most dazzling seaside resort attracting over 5 million visitors annually. Acapulco is exotic yet easily accessible via direct or convenient connections via all major airline carriers from gateway cities across the U.S. For more information about Acapulco, visit www.visitacapulco.com.mx.

Lovebirds Flock to Villa Premiere’s Honeymoon Package

Villa Premiere Hotel & SpaMP Staff

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa, a lovely 83-room beachfront resort literally a few short blocks from the heart of Puerto Vallarta, welcomes honeymooners with its Premiere Honeymoon Package. Priced at $380 per couple, per night during low season, it includes :

Accommodations in a Premiere Room, with ocean view and indoor Jacuzzi

One four–course dinner by candle light, on the beach

With one bottle of wine (red or white)

Daily American Breakfast en suite

Flowers, fruit basket & one bottle of sparkling wine in your room upon arrival

Equilibrium spa amenities with aromatherapy

Welcome Champagne Glass & fresh towels at check in

5-minute Head & Hands Anti-Stress massage, one per person, upon arrival

Aroma in your room from your choice of our seven exquisite essences

Incense in your room

Special hotel amenities in your room (bathrobes and terry sandals)

Complimentary use of Gymnasium

Complimentary use of Sauna and Steam Cabins at our Spa Premiere

Good through December 21, 2007; includes taxes and gratuities. Offer only applies to direct bookings and is non-refundable, subject to hotel availability and may not be combined wiht other offers. A minimum stay of four nights is required. Call to reserve at 011 52 322 226 70 40 or visit online at www.premiereonline.com.mx.

Agents: Check Out the “New” Tides Riviera Maya For Yourself

By Lola

The Tides Riviera Maya, once (very well) known as Ikal del Mar, is offering special travel agent rates of $150 for an overnight stay, $250 for a two-night stay, $350 for a three-night stay or $550 for a four-night stay. The deal is good throughout October 31 and is subject to availability. Travel agents must provide appropriate IATA identification when making reservations and before checking in.

We’re assuming Kor’s Hotel Group will keep Ikal’s old standards as high as always. We really loved that place.

The Tides Rivera Maya, now part of the Kor Hotel Group, is also a member of Mexico Boutique Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. For information, call 800-578-0281. Take a virtual peek at www.tidesrivieramaya.com

Mexico Tourism Board: It’s Business as Usual in the Yucatan Peninsula

MP News Staff

· Governments of Quintana and Yucatan confirm “white balance” in the zones affected by the natural phenomenon

· It is expected that at a time limit of 24 hours they will re-establish the communication routes among the states that integrate the region

MEXICO, D F. (August, 22 2007). After the first evaluation of the aftermath of hurricane Dean, the tourist destinations of Cancun, the Mayan Riviera, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, as well as those of the state of Yucatan, authorities have confirmed that the zone did not suffer damages in its tourist infrastructure.

“Fortunately, the tourist infrastructure in the region is in perfect conditions and in capacity to continue offering its services to the millions of tourists that visit that zone of the country each year”, indicated Francisco Lopez Mena, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board.

According to Mexican officials, zones affected by the hurricane are functioning with normality, including the famous tourist areas of Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Aventura, Puerto Morelos and Chetumal.

Despite the fact that the hurricane whipped through the coasts of the southeastern regions of the Mexican Republic, as well as the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan, with winds sustained of more 150 miles per hour, heavy rain and waves, the office of the government secretary has confirmed that fortunately the storm did not leave victims in the Yucatan Peninsula and only caused smaller damages in some local highways.

According to Mexican authorities, the famous tourist spots of Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Mérida, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Aventura and Puerto Morelos are operating as usual. It is for this reason that the Mexico Tourism Board encourages tourists to keep their vacations plans in these areas.

Based on official information and according to the latest reports, the airports of Cancun as well as those of Cozumel and Chetumal have resumed their normal operations, despite being shut down as part of the preparations before the imminent arrival of the hurricane.

In turn, the Cancun Visitors and Convention Bureau has reported that the majority of tourists that spent the night in the popular destination, remained in their hotels and continue to enjoy their vacations along the beach.

“The lessons we learned with hurricane Wilma allowed us, at this time, to take all the pertinent measures to achieve the effective evacuation of tourists and residents, and at the same time minimize the impact of the coastal zones of the peninsula”, added López Mena.

According to the Director, “the appropriate organizations and immediate action on the part of the federal and state authorities, have contributed to the fast recovery and relief of residents and tourists, and has even permitted the government of Mexico to set forth a plan of promotion directed to the main international markets, in order to revive travel.”

Travelers unfazed by hurricanes

Source : TripAdvisor

Survey reveals past week’s hurricanes not impacting fall travel plans, TripAdvisor announced the results of a survey of more than 1,200 travelers conducted from August 15 to August 20.

The survey reveals that 95 percent of respondents said the hurricanes of the past week are not weighing on their fall travel plans.

Thirty-three percent of travelers surveyed would cancel their travel plans, only if a hurricane hitting their destination was imminent.

Eighteen percent said they would cancel their travel plans if there was a possibility of a hurricane hitting their travel destination. Sixteen percent of travelers said they would ride out the storm.

Fourteen percent of travelers are considering a trip to the Caribbean this fall.

“Travelers’ mindsets regarding hurricanes hasn’t changed despite the intense storm activity in the past week,” said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor. “While they appear to be keeping close watch of the news, the threat isn’t keeping travelers away.”

Statement Issued by the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau RE: Hurricane Dean

Good afternoon everyone,

The following statement has been issued by the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau as of 12:34 p.m. on August 21, 2007:

Hurricane Dean has passed over the Yucatan Peninsula where it made land fall yesterday at approximately 50 miles from Chetumal, Quintana Roo, and 225 miles south of Cancun. Cancun only experienced moderate rainfall and gusty winds.

Cancun International Airport is open and operational.

Most visitors remain in the destination’s Hotel Zone along the beach and continue to enjoy their holiday. Since 2005, the majority of the hotels have been rebuilt and strengthened to withstand strong hurricane force winds.

“The lessons we have learned since Hurricane Wilma have been evident in our preparations for Hurricane Dean. The entire destination reacted with professionalism in a timely manner to make Cancun a safe haven,” said Arturo Escaip, Chief Officer, Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau.

La Zebra heats up Tulum with sizzling salsa fiestas set to live Latin fusion

If icy cold margaritas, swaying coconut palms and aquamarine waters lapping white sand beaches make you want to break out your dancing shoes then La Zebra Beach Cantina & CabanasLa Zebra cabana in Tulum is the place to be with their free beach salsa lessons and sultry Sunday night fiesta set to live Latin fusion music.

From Thursday to Sunday starting at 6 pm, La Zebra’s outdoor hardwood deck overlooking the beach heats up with the sounds of sizzling salsa music and hip-shaking dance moves. The hour-long class is led by instructors Emmanuel Tabares, whose passion for the art inspired him to pick it up on his own, and Lisa Hodges, who has studied dance her whole life and specialized in salsa at a top dance studio in Brighton, England. It is open free of charge to anyone and everyone – including the general public, many of whom stop to watch the show from the beach. Two-for-one margaritas from the traditional Mexican cantina and a wide variety of tropical fruit drinks and dozens of the country’s famed alcohol distilled from the blue agave are on tap to whet thirst at the tequila bar.

Sunday nights after the class, the entire cantina is transformed into a high-energy salsa fiesta with live Latin fusion by musical entertainers Pocos Pero Locos and The Bohemios setting the mood until 11 pm. Party-goers feast on succulent dishes straight from the fire of the brick-lined pit roast: juicy beer-marinated lamb slow cooked in banana leaves, cochinita pibil pork roasted in the pit with Mayan spices, and lamb tacos served with La Zebra’s famous five fresh salsas.

For beach-goers who want to start the party early, La Zebra’s colorful lounges on Tulum’s best beach, hammocks strung strategically from shady palms and DJ salsa music piped into outdoor speakers provide the ideal backdrop. The pit roast menu is available all day Sunday and beach-side service from the cantina ensures guests can soak up the sun and set the mood for the fiesta that follow.

La Zebra Beach Cantina & Cabanas reopened early this year with a fresh, new concept, authentic cantina restaurant and bar, and nine renovated rooms that revived the rustic, traditional Mexican beach vacation once found throughout Tulum. Check the website www.lazebra.com.mx and reserve at info@lazebra.com.mx or call +52 998 112-3260.

ABOUT LA ZEBRA
La Zebra Beach Cantina & Cabanas has nine renovated rooms that capture the rustic, jungle chic charm and true energy of Tulum. A Mexican-style cantina dishes up traditional home cooking and an outdoor charcoal grill sets the scene for all-day pit roasts every Sunday. The tequila bar features dozens of spirits and fresh fruit margaritas that are the talk of the town.