Category Archives: Current Travel Press Releases

Los Cabos Hotels & Resorts Offer Guests an Impressive Menu of Interactive Culinary Experiences

Los Cabos, Mexico  – Los Cabos is home to the world’s most sought after golf courses, most luxurious spas and the most exclusive resorts, but one of the destination’s biggest attractions remains the impressive array of culinary delights. With exciting restaurants and award-winning chefs, even the most discerning palate will be impressed by the delicious cuisine and tantalizing flavors offered at “Land’s End.”

Travelers to Los Cabos may further explore the destination’s delectable gastronomy by participating in any of the numerous interactive and personalized culinary programs offered. From wine tasting events to cooking classes, the following select Los Cabos hotels and resorts offer a unique way for travelers to experience the gastronomy of Baja Sur:

One of the newest resorts in Los Cabos, Capella Pedregal, offers guests an exclusive look into a “day in the life” of an Executive Chef. This exciting one-day cooking class, allows guests to accompany the chef as he shops at the local farmers markets and meets the fisherman at the pier with their daily catch. Following this, guests will return with the chef to the resort’s hacienda style kitchen and learn how to prepare ceviche with the fish bought at the pier that same morning while enjoying a delicious breakfast and lunch. For those looking to immerse themselves in an authentic cooking experience, Capella Pedregal also offers a three-day cooking class, focusing on the regional cooking which highlights the flavor and techniques of Mexico. As part of the three-day cooking class, guests learn how to make salsa, classic Mexican dishes and traditional desserts. Lunch is provided each day along with a personalized chef jacket to commemorate the experience. The one-day class is $70 per person and the three-day class is $200 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information, please visit

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort is home to one of the most unique spas in all of Mexico, the SOMMA WineSpa. Devoted to life, serenity and longevity, the resort has paired their exclusive wine-based spa treatments with a special wine tasting that takes place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Guided by the resorts’ Sommelier, the tasting takes place on the wine spa’s expansive terrace and includes four Mexican wines that are each paired with signature canapés. The SOMMA WineSpa tasting is $36 per person and includes tax and gratuity. For more information, please visit

Guests can learn the secrets of the award-winning cuisine of Las Ventanas al Paraiso by participating in cooking classes with the resort’s chefs. This one-hour lesson is held every Saturday in the open-air demonstration kitchen located in the property’s herb garden. Chef Fabrice creates a different menu each week, and the dishes he prepares are then served to participants for lunch. Cooking class price is $110 per person plus tax and service fee. Also available at Las Ventanas are tequila lessons, which take place every Tuesday and Friday. Specially trained “Tequileros” teach guests about different types of tequila, the distillation process, and the appropriate way to drink it. The price for the tequila lessons is $75 per person plus tax and service fee. For more information, please visit

One&Only Palmilla takes guests on a cultural journey with a choice of three interactive culinary experiences. Take part in a cooking class with famed Chef Larbi Dahrouch and learn how to create his renowned Mediterranean cuisine. For $120 per person, lunch includes a pairing with wine from the resort’s 700-bottle cellar with wines from around the world as well as local options. Sample Mexico’s most famous spirit – tequila – with a tasting of eight varieties from different regions. Served with canapés, this tasting will give guests a true sense of Mexico. Guests can also sample six sakes along with canapés while learning about the sake production and the different categories. Both tastings are $50 per person. For more information, please visit

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach offers guests a variety of classes where they can get involved in the making and tasting of their own food and drink. With three bars located within the resort, guests can taste and make drinks with tequila tasting, available for $25 per person. Also available are complimentary Mexican wine tastings as well as mixology classes, where guests can learn to make their own tasty creations, offered for only $5 per person. For guests interested in how to re-create the colorful cuisine they enjoyed during their stay, there are two cooking classes hosted by the Sunset Beach chefs. For $100 per person, guests can watch Chef Antonio de Livier of La Frida Restaurant create his signature dishes and enjoy the menu afterwards or enjoy the fresh seafood of Los Cabos with a Japanese flair as they take part in Chef Kata’s sushi making lessons and sake tasting for $75 per person. For more information, please visit

The Westin Resort & Spa’s “Westin Unwind” experience takes place each evening, featuring the tastes, sights and sounds of Los Cabos. Each night, at the hotel’s fire pit, guests can enjoy tequila tastings, tips on mixing margaritas and lessons on damiana, an herbal-infused Mexican liqueur, while enjoying taquitos and guacamole. This complimentary program is available to all guests and encourages them to socialize, make new friends and create a special memory during their vacation.  For more information, please visit

Families, honeymooners, mature travelers, golfers, eco-tourists, artists, photographers, sightseers and others find what they are looking for when they visit Los Cabos. Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos offers travelers an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. cities.

With non-stop flights or convenient connections available from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York/Newark, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, California, Seattle and more, Los Cabos is both accessible and exciting. For more about Los Cabos and a copy of its informative travel planner, call 1-866-LOS-CABOS or visit

AREA International is Appointed the Exclusive Representation of Oasis12 Luxury Boutique Condominiums in Playa del Carmen

AREA International, a Real Estate Brokerage and Consulting firm, based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is proud to be appointed the exclusive representation of Oasis 12, Luxury Boutique Condominiums by the Canadian-Mexican partnership Lisgar Capital, S.A. de C.V. AREA International is launching a brand new ownership experience to accompany an already stellar level of development and design.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico, –(– The 28 unit luxury boutique development, Oasis 12, located on Calle 12 and Avenida 20 in the vibrant caribbean town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, has been under development for the past 18 months. Now with construction advancing to its final stages, AREA International is proud to announce the completion of the condominium regiment, enabling buyers to take title at the final closing. Oasis12 is taking the real estate market of Playa del Carmen to a new level by offering expansive floor plans, bright and airy loft units in addition to the oversized penthouses with private terraces, plunge pools and outdoor kitchens. This development stands out in its intelligent design and unique residence features, taking pre-emptive measures for comfort and security, intellectual and physical at all levels. The common area features lush tropical landscaping, a pool with a waterfall lit up in soft colors at night, creating a unique cosmopolitan ambiance true to Playa del Carmen.

With closing and delivery of titles and residence within 60 days of signing a promise to purchase agreement, Oasis 12 is one of the securest investments available in the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen. Units will also be available for rent by night or week, with reservations starting Dec 15th 2009. Oasis 12 offers customized transactions to each buyers individual needs, from rental guarantees to optional developer financing and other benefits, Oasis 12 is your investment opportunity for elegance, luxury and lifestyle.

“Oasis 12 represents something new in my 14 years of experience in mexican and international real estate. Being appointed the exclusive representative of a development like Oasis 12 is a true privilege for me and my company.

It is a development that brings avant-garde thinking and really aims to stand out by oversizing floorplans and rooftops, thinking expansively with big open spaces, lots of lush landscaping and waterfalls in common areas. Oasis 12 goes over the top with its design, the quality of craftsmanship and materials used. The features such as garbage shoots, elevators, smart house design options, air-conditioned owner storages and much more that Oasis 12 offers are very hard to find here in Playa del Carmen. Playa doesn’t have the infrastructure of the bigger resort towns which allows it to keep a very intimate feel, that being said, many developments have a shoebox feel and are generally not very practical, catering mainly to vacation renters. I take pride in the vision of Lisgar Capital and what they have produced at Oasis 12, the construction methods and solid feel, as well as pre-emptive thinking and intelligent features brings confidence to any potential owner and my job is to ensure that taking posession will be as effortless as can be.” are a few words from AREA Internationals Principal and broker, Bjoern Koch. AREA International is not limiting itself to only ensuring a secure and effortless investment process, but aims to stay there for the new owners with its complete rental management system. This includes online owner monitoring of future reservations, including income and expenses, enabling complete owner insight, even at great distances.

About Lisgar Capital S.A. de C.V.
Lisgar Capital S.A. de C.V. is a partnership of Toronto based Lisgar Capital development company with over 50 years of international construction experience and Guadalajara based Unique Homes S.A. de C.V. The Oasis 12 development is in essence a demonstration of their commitment to Playa del Carmen and what they intend to bring to the area.

About AREA International S. de R.L. de C.V.
AREA (Advanced Real Estate Advisors) International, a Real Estate sales and marketing company founded by Bjoern Koch offering Real Estate sales and marketing innovations and consulting for buyers and sellers. AREA Interntaional specializes in Resort Real Estate investments, this has been the company’s main area of focus, with successful sales registered in Park City UT, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, and the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo. The company has extensive experience in Resort Real Estate, where amongst others, Bjoern Koch successfully oversaw and closed 40% of total sales for Tides Playa del Carmen, a success story not beaten yet in the Riviera Maya by a single Property advisor for a single development.

Cancún International Airport Doubles Its Operating Capacity with Second Runway

MEXICO D.F./PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: ASR; BMV: ASUR), (ASUR) the first privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, today announced the inauguration of the second runway of Cancun Airport, which doubles the airport’s capacity to approximately 28 million passengers per annum. The increased capacity level is expected to meet forecasted demand for the next several decades.

The second runway, parallel to the existing one, allows for simultaneous takeoffs and landings, thereby increasing operating capacity to more than 80 takeoffs or landings per hour. Cancun Airport is the first airport in Mexico with two runways that can be used at the same time.

The project, which represented a total investment of approximately US$67 million, also included a new control tower, the tallest in Latin America, and one of the top 20 tallest control towers worldwide.

With this project, ASUR expects to contribute to economic development in the region and to maintain Cancun’s position at the forefront of airport services in Mexico and Latin America.

About ASUR:

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A.B. de C.V. (ASUR) is a Mexican airport operator with concessions to operate, maintain and develop the airports of Cancun, Merida, Cozumel, Villahermosa, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Huatulco, Tapachula and Minatitlan in the southeast of Mexico. The Company is listed both on the NYSE in the U.S., where it trades under the symbol ASR, and on the Mexican Bolsa, where it trades under the symbol ASUR. One ADS represents ten (10) series B shares.

Some of the statements contained in this press release discuss future expectations or state other forward-looking information. Those statements are subject to risks identified in this press release and in ASUR’s filings with the SEC. Actual developments could differ significantly from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information is based on various factors and was derived using numerous assumptions. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except as may be required by applicable law, we do not have an obligation to update or revise them, whether as a result of new information, future or otherwise.

Thanksgiving Night is Complimentary this November and Turkey Dinner, Too, at Mexico’s All-inclusive Velas Resorts

EntrancePuerto Vallarta, Mexico (October 13, 2009) – It’s time to gobble, gobble down in Mexico this Thanksgiving.  The holiday will be celebrated with gratis accommodations on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, including a special Thanksgiving dinner for guests at the luxury, all-inclusive Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. Thanksgiving night is complimentary based on a three paid night minimum stay.

The Thanksgiving Special starts at $190 per person, per night, based on double occupancy at Velas Vallarta, $275 per person per night at the adults-only Casa Velas Hotel Boutique, and $390 per person per night at both Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

Ambassador Grand ClassThe Velas Resorts’ all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a choice of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24 hr in-suite service, fitness center, kids’ club, evening entertainment, activities for adults and children, taxes and gratuities and more.

For more information and reservations, please call Velas Resorts at 1-888-210-9591 or visit

Velas Resorts has earned numerous prestigious international awards for its services and facilities, among them Conde Nast’s “Most Excellent Spa Hotel,” AAA’s 5 Diamond Award, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ 5 Star Diamond Award, and more.

Cancun’s International Airport Adds a 2nd Runway

CANCUN, Quintana Roo, Mexico /PRNewswire/ — On October 10th the Cancun Airport will unveil its $67 million dollar investment, a Second-Runway infrastructure project including the construction of an additional runway, entirely new control tower and taxiway bridge. The airport’s capacity will increase to be able to serve some 28 million passengers per year.

The destination experiences a yearly increase in visitors. In 2009, 5 airlines added Cancun to their flight schedules while other airlines, i.e. American and Alaska Airlines, provide exceptionally low fares, creating demand for such an investment to accommodate visitors, especially during season.

Cancun’s International Airport will become Mexico’s first to have the capacity to handle simultaneous takeoffs and landings on two runways. The control tower, more than 315 feet tall, will be among the 20 tallest in the world, allowing improved efficiency in runway-use time assigned to aircrafts, beneficial to both passengers and almost the 150 domestic and international airlines.

  --  It is the best Latin America airport and is among the top five in the
  --  An important motor for regional development; in the last nine years,
      the airport invested more than $361 million dollars.

  --  The airport had 170,600 square feet of terminal-building area; it now
      has 387,140 square feet.

About Cancun:

Cancun, the gateway to Mexico and Mayan world, offers luxurious hotel infrastructure with more than 28,000 rooms, Mexico’s most beautiful and stylish destination. Opportunities for new experiences are everywhere; the setting brings you into contact with both nature and Mayan culture like nowhere else. Top-level gastronomy and nightlife; warm beaches with soft, white sand; crystal-clear, turquoise seas; and a location opposite the Great Mesoamerican Reef System, in tandem with Mexico’s world-famous hospitality, make Cancun an entirely unique tourist destination. Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau:

All-new, All-inclusive Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe Launches “The Hotel of Your Dreams” Campaign

By MP Mexico News Staff

Barceló’s Newest Resort Asks, “What’s Your Dream Hotel?”

Fairfax, VA/Los Cabos, Mexico – The whisper of waves brushing against pearl-colored sand greets you through the window, just beyond the balcony.  Tropical fish dart around you as you slide through clear, salty waters.  A lively market and cultural sites, international dishes by celebrated chefs, a world-class spa and more than 35,000 square feet of meeting space are only moments away from the comfort of your private quarters.  It’s not just a dream come true; it’s your dream come true.

In anticipation of its latest resort opening, leading all-inclusive hotelier Barceló Hotels & Resorts, a world-renowned, 75-year-old company with more than 180 properties in 17 countries, wants to know what the hotel of your dreams looks like.  In preparation for the December 17, 2009, debut of the highly anticipated Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, this innovative hotelier has launched a unique campaign, asking consumers to share their visions of a “dream hotel.”  On a new site dedicated exclusively to the resort’s launch (, dreamers can enter for a chance to have their very own visions come true.  Simply by registering with a name and email address, users can select their responses to such thought-provoking questions as “What kind of relaxing atmosphere do you value most?” at which point they will be entered to win “the room of your dreams.”  Best of all, everyone who enters is an automatic winner, earning deep discounts, up to 20 percent.

Additional site features include a space to read other dreamers’ descriptions and a real-time stream offering construction updates leading up to the big reveal, direct from the resort’s architect.  The campaign is also plugged into the popular social media Web site Twitter, offering five percent off every time a user shares his or her dream via a “tweet.”

“Since our guests are our top priority, we actively seek and listen to their personal needs and desires, taking these wishes into consideration at all times,” said Jaime Buxó, executive vice president of sales and marketing worldwide. “This new campaign serves as a platform for guests to voice their opinions and to be heard.  It reflects our level of respect and commitment to making each vacation experience satisfying on an individual level.”

For more information or to experience the campaign for yourself, visit

About Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe

Conveniently located just five minutes from picturesque San Jose del Cabo and 12 miles from Los Cabos’ international airport, the all-new, all-inclusive Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, which debuts December 17, 2009, offers 626 suites of sophistication, most with sea views.  The resort is wrapped in refreshingly stylish touches and an innovative design, including 34 specialty swim-up suites, an American sports bar, a tequila and cigar lounge and a world-class, full-service spa that includes 16 private treatment cabins as well as three beachside palapas for private outdoor treatments.

About Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Barceló Hotels & Resorts is among the world’s top 25 largest hospitality and travel companies.  Barceló was established in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1931, first as a transportation provider and then as a hotel and travel company.  The family-owned, privately held company has been world-renowned for more than 75 years for its excellence in service and its innovation within the tourism industry.

The hotel company owns or manages more than 180 properties in 17 countries. Barceló’s hotels and resorts are found in key destinations and cities throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The company offers a large variety of hotels and resort types to accommodate all travelers, from budget-minded to upscale guests seeking luxurious accommodations.  Barceló specializes in all-inclusive resorts that make vacation planning both convenient and affordable, offering one upfront, all-encompassing price.  For more information or reservations, visit


Hilton Reinforces Expansion Efforts in Mexico with Addition of the Hilton Mexico City Reforma

McLean, VA, USA (September 2009) – Hilton Worldwide has announced that it has signed a multi-year management agreement with Inmobiliaria Interpres S.A. de C.V. for the first full-service Hilton hotel in the heart of Mexico City, Mexico steps from the famous Reforma Avenue.  Currently known as a Sheraton, the already stunning property will undergo a series of upgrades to incorporate Hilton brand standards prior to its official conversion and opening as the Hilton Mexico City Reforma, scheduled for year’s end.  This will be the sixth hotel for the Hilton brand in Mexico and the 24th property for Hilton Worldwide in the country.

“The Hilton Mexico City Reforma reinforces our commitment to grow the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout Mexico and Latin America.  This agreement strengthens Hilton’s presence in one of the most important markets in the region with one of the most impressive products in Mexico City,”   commented Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America, for Hilton Worldwide. “We are thrilled to work with such reputable hospitality professionals and look forward to the successful debut of the Hilton.”

Strategically located at a gateway to the city’s business district and Reforma Avenue, the hotel at Avenida Juarez 70, Colonia Centro, is just a stone’s throw from major corporations and financial institutions.  Just 15 minutes from the international airport, the magnificent property is also close to all that Mexico City’s historic center has to offer, including everything from the Palacio Nacional and the cathedral to a variety of museums and theaters, making it the ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers.

“We are pleased about our partnership with Hilton and eager to have them on board as our hotel’s management company,” stated Siahou Sitton, president and CEO, Inmobiliaria Interpres S.A. de C.V. “Hilton’s collection of sales, marketing, and technology tools, will be welcome additions to our business and we foresee a great future together.”

Featuring 458 high-tech guest rooms and suites, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma will boast the Hilton Serenity Collection mattress, linens, and luxury amenities, as well as high-speed Internet access, flat screen 37 or 42 inch LCD televisions, work desk, and all the amenities for a productive stay.  Spacious contemporary bathrooms are adorned with marble tile and equipped with both bath tub and shower.  Rooms with spectacular views of Alameda Central Park and the Palacio de Bella Artes create the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable stay.

For the perfect meeting environment, the hotel offers nearly 45,000 square feet of meeting space, featuring a versatile convention center with 14 meeting rooms, including pillar-less spaces, and capacity for up to 5,000 guests.  The property also features a state-of-the-art business center where guests can access an array of business services including high-speed Internet access, fax machine, secretarial services, and more.

After a long day, the city center Hilton Mexico City Reforma will help business travelers relax with a 5,015 square-foot spa and 3,100 square-foot fitness center, plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Dining options are plentiful as they tempt palates with variety and creativity displayed across three restaurants, a lobby lounge and a wine bar.  El Cardenal Restaurant provides a distinctive menu of Mexican and colonial cuisine in a comfortable ambiance, Los Dones Restaurant specializes in buffet dining and international fare in a casual relaxing atmosphere, and Terraza Alameda delivers delicious comfort food complemented by unforgettable views of the historic center.  Guests can enjoy a refreshing drink at the hotel’s stylish Lobby Lounge or indulge in a wine tasting extravaganza at Sedevino Wine Bar, where travelers can choose from a wide selection of internationally recognized wines.

“Mexico is experiencing continuous growth and we are proud to expand the Hilton Hotels portfolio in this destination,” Dave Horton, Global Head – Hilton Hotels, said. “We look forward to raising the Hilton flag in Mexico City and becoming a valuable member of this community.”

Further information about the Hilton Mexico City Reforma will be available soon at