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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
      world.
  --  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: www.cancun.travel

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 (http://www.TheHotelofYourDreams.com), 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 http://www.thehotelofyourdreams.com.

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 http://www.barcelo.com.

HILTON MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST EVER HILTON HOTEL IN MEXICO CITY’S BUSINESS DISTRICT

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 http://www.hilton.com

Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride To Top 20 Million Mile Mark This Saturday

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—Now in its 30th year the Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bicycle Ride will surpass 20 million total miles covered with its Sept. 26 event.

About 5,000 riders are expected for the festive scenic ride, much of it along a coastal route, from Rosarito to Ensenada, said ride organizer Gary Foster.

During the past 30 years since 1979 the iconic twice-yearly event has been held 52 times and almost 400,000 riders have participated, Foster said.

“This great anniversary edition of the ride will be as festive as years past, both for our many riders and the thousands of people who come to view the event and cheer on the participants,” Foster said.

Added  Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres, whose city hosts the event: “The ride is one of the signature events for Rosarito and this region of Baja. It attracts excellent people and creates a great atmosphere. We’re greatly looking forward to it.”

Participants can register online for $45 through www.BetterSignUp.com, or they can register on the day of the event for $50 at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. More information is available at www.RosaritoEnsenada.com as well as www.rosarito.org

The Rosarito-Ensenada ride has been called the Original Party on Wheels. Revelers in costume roll along, tossing candy to children along the course. Beach cruisers strap boom boxes to their handlebars.  Parents tow children.

Racing teams form pace lines, trying to beat the official record of 1:52:54 set in April of 2007. Other participants just ride for the enjoyment and atmosphere.

Transportation packages from the United States are available, Foster said. Tour companies transport riders’ bicycles at no extra charge, and because the buses return to the United State through the rapid SENTRI lane, cyclists avoid a wait at the border.

Many hotels offer special rates and are participating in the Border Fast Pass program which can cut border waits by half, especially on the weekends, Foster said.

The Finish Line Fiesta is free for participants and spectators, overlooking the Ensenada harbor with panoramic views of the cruise ships at sunset. Live rock-n-roll, jazz and salsa plays into the night while local chefs serve their best.

Massage therapists are available to work out every knot, and there will be a lot
of celebrating with ice cold beer and award-winning wines from Baja’s wine country, Foster said.

Shuttles are available on the event course from the finish line to the start line before and after the event. So if participants stay in Rosarito Beach, they can take the shuttle back to Rosarito after the event.

“The corridor from Rosarito Beach to Ensenada is safe for tourists, and Baja remains a beautiful and affordable destination for travel with friends and family,” Foster added.

Foster said that this recent e-mail from a frequent ride participant summed up the spirit of the event: “Thanks for another great experience! I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve done this ride since the early 1990’s. All I know is they keep getting better!”

2-Night Day of the Dead Pkg Reduced 20% at Hacienda Xcanatun – Sarah Brightman Concert to Coincide with Traditional Mexican Celebration

What a coincidence – one of Mexico’s most traditional holidays coincides
with a Sarah Brightman concert at Chichen Itza, and Hacienda Xcanatun cuts
its package price by 20% to make it more affordable for everyone.

Escape Halloween

Settle Into Hacienda Xcanatun’s 2-Night Day of the Dead Package Reduced 20%

Extra Bonus – Sarah Brightman in Concert at Chichen Itza

MERIDA, Mexico – This year, skip Halloween’s manufactured craziness.
Instead, using the luxurious 18th century sisal plantation, Hacienda
Xcanatun as home base, take part in the Yucatan’s deeply traditional Day of
the Dead (Dia de Muertos) celebrations held October 31st, November 1st and
2nd. It is a time of fond remembrance of deceased loved ones similar to a
family reunion of the living and the dearly departed. Markets, parks,
public spaces and cemeteries are filled with special offerings (ofrendas) of
sweet breads shaped like skeletons and bones; sugar or chocolate candies
fashioned into colorful skulls. As an added attraction this year, Sarah
Brightman, the well known British soprano, will be performing in concert at
Chichen Itza on the night of October 31, 2009. The ancient Maya ceremonial
center will provide an inspiring and magical backdrop for Ms. Brightman’s
eclectic repertoire, on the eve of the Day of the Dead festivities.

To celebrate both events, the elegantly restored Hacienda Xcanatun, now a
luxurious boutique hotel set in tropical gardens on the outskirts of Merida,
has designed a money-saving package for guests to enjoy both the Yucatecan
festivities and rituals surrounding Day of the Dead, and the Sarah Brightman
concert. Their 2 Night Weekend Getaway Special features a 20% reduction on
accommodations, along with seasonal extras. Tickets for the Brightman
concert must be purchased directly from Ticketmaster Mexico and range from
$39 to $616 per person. A van transfer from the hacienda to Chichen Itza,
approximately 1 ½ hours away is available upon previous request.

The 20% Off Day of the Dead 2-Night Special, valid from October 29 –
November 8, 2009,. space-available basis, ranges from **$424 to **$520,
single or double occupancy depending on the accommodation selected.
Additional nights can be added with the same savings.

The Getaway Includes:

* 2 night’s accommodations in a luxurious Superior Room or Deluxe
Suite. (Taxes and hotel service charge are additional).

* Daily Xcanatun Breakfast for two.

* Complimentary Mucbipollos (translated as “buried chicken” in Maya)
at breakfast or lunch, Friday Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 1. Made only
during the holiday, the dough for this mouth-watering tamal is laced with
fragrant red achiote paste and stuffed with chicken, pork, tomato, onion,
and epazote. Securely wrapped in banana leaves, the huge tamal cooks in an
open pit and is perhaps the most favorite of the many specialty foods
prepared for these holidays.

Information on Day of the Dead activities is available from the front desk,
or a private guide can be arranged for touring the markets, competitions and
surrounding villages. Elaborate home altars are built in even the simplest
thatched huts, as well as private homes and exclusive haciendas and
decorated with seasonal flowers, candles and photos of beloved family
members. Favorite dishes, drinks and even “vices” like cigarettes and poker
chips, are placed on the altar to nourish and entertain the spirit of the
returning relatives. In keeping with traditions, an altar is erected at
Hacienda Xcanatun in memory of the owners’ past loved ones, along with
remembrances and offerings of the staff to loved ones.

Day of the Dead altar at Hacienda Xcanatun
Day of the Dead altar at Hacienda Xcanatun

Hacienda Xcanatun has 18 spacious accommodations decorated with hand-carved
furnishings and antiques. All of the rooms and suites have marble bathrooms
and access to private verandas. Facilities include two freshwater swimming
pools, an intimate Spa offering a wide range of holistic Maya and European
beauty/ wellness treatments, along with a gourmet restaurant highlighting
inventive fusion Yucatecan Cuisine. Golfers take note: the new championship
Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, El Jaguar, is 5 minutes away.

For information and reservations about the Day of the Dead Special call
Hacienda Xcanatun toll-free at 1-888-883-3633, or e-mail:
hacienda@xcanatun.com.

**Special Note: Once the reservation for this package is confirmed, the
first night stay is not refundable. The website is at www.xcanatun.com

Good Things Really Do Come in Threes for Families Looking for Wonderful Vacations

PerfectFamilyVacation.com Adds Three New Spectacular Destinations in Lake Tahoe, Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo

SAN DIEGO /PRNewswire/ — With the addition of three new destinations available through the popular travel booking site PerfectFamilyVacation.com, families have even more options for memorable getaways. These destinations enhance PerfectFamilyVacation.com’s already impressive repertoire of vacation locations, while providing visitors the chance to stay in quality, family-oriented accommodations. PerfectFamilyVacation.com provides easy access to resort-style accommodations and settings to deliver truly wonderful and perfect family vacations. Multiple bedrooms, living spaces, multiple bathrooms, kitchens, laundry facilities, swimming pools and an array of resort features and amenities provide flexibility and value for optimal family vacations in destinations around the world.

In addition to the wonderful properties in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, families can now visit two more properties in Mexico – Buganvilias Resort in Puerto Vallarta and Villas at Club Intrawest in Zihuatanejo. If parents are looking for a getaway tailored more towards outdoor adventure, PerfectFamilyVacation.com’s other new destination could be just the ticket – Tahoe Summit Village located in the pristine natural environment of Lake Tahoe, CA.

Located on a beautiful golden beach on the Mexican Riviera, Buganvilias Resort, in glorious Puerto Vallarta, offers luxurious rooms and suites with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Some of the superb features of the resort include fantastic outdoor and indoor dining, swim-up bars, two tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness center and health spa. In addition, Buganvilias Resort is known for a variety of amenities for families with children, including babysitting services, kid’s programs, a children’s pool and laundry facilities on-site.

Traveling south down the coast from Puerto Vallarta lies the beautiful village of Zihuatanejo, the site of PerfectFamilyVacation.com’s second new property – Villas at Club Intrawest. The resort is nestled on Zihuatanejo’s most exclusive stretch of beach, Playa La Ropa, and provides magnificent panoramic views and immediate beach access. Zihuatanejo is one of Mexico’s hidden gems – where the sun shines year round, the aqua blue waters are peaceful and a historical fishing village renowned for hand-crafted art and pottery is mere minutes away. Visitors can take advantage of the many activities available at Club Intrawest-Zihuatanejo that the whole family can enjoy, including snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding and swimming with the dolphins.

To round out the three new destinations, PerfectFamilyVacation.com added Tahoe Summit Village, a new California property located in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Ranked by Trip Advisor as the “top vacation destination in the United States,” Lake Tahoe is a perfect destination for fun-filled family getaways in any season. Winter offers world-class skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating while summer offers other exciting activities including fishing, biking, hiking and river rafting. Whatever time of year one decides to visit, Tahoe Summit Village is the perfect choice for great seasonal recreation and family vacations. The large condominiums can accommodate any family’s needs and provides space and comfort for the most discriminating vacationers. Each condominium features a fully-equipped kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, in-room spa and a washer/dryer.

The multitude of resort amenities and services available at these three new properties provide superb value for ideal family vacations. To take advantage of these spectacular family resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Lake Tahoe, please visit PerfectFamilyVacation at www.PerfectFamilyVacation.com

New Scuba Diving Photo Contest in the Riviera Maya

The First Scuba Diving Photo Competition to include ocean, cavern and cave Photography

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – The Riviera Maya Divers Alliance announced the first free entry recreational and technical Scuba Diving Photo Contest in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico during the week of December 5th to 12, 2009, which includes photos opportunities in the Yucatan Caves, Caverns and on the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef.

“This new scuba photo contest is designed to celebrate the diversity of diving in the Riviera Maya, a diving location that has access to land and ocean diving. There is not another photo contest in the world that offers such a variety of diving and photo opportunities.” Stated the organizers David Tomlinson, Lothar Batt and Andreas W. Matthes ‘Matt’ from the Riviera Maya Divers Alliance.

The Riviera Maya Underwater Photo Contest is an international annual scuba diving event designed to encourage and expand scuba divers underwater photography skills. Divers from around the world are invited to Playa del Carmen to participate in a memorable week-long experience that includes diving, social events and workshops that culminate in the presentation of winning photos and an awards ceremony. Local businesses and Scuba Diver suppliers are supporting this unique event with giveaways, information sessions and presentations as a means to promote this extraordinary opportunity that has never been done anywhere else in the world. International Judges will be selecting the winners of the contest on December 11th at the final ceremony and contest dinner.

The Riviera Maya, located south of Cancun and includes the Caribbean cities of Puerto Morelos, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum, is fortunate to have land dive sites in the underwater caves and caverns and ocean sites along the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef, that stretches over 700 kms from Cancun to Honduras.

The Riviera Maya Divers Alliance is a network of dive centers that promote quality diving in the Riviera Maya through events and diving promotions in order to foster the Diving community. Abyss Dive Center, Tank Ha Dive Center and Protect Dive Center joined forces in May 2009 to execute this vision to divers internationally who are interested in recreational and technical diving. For more information contact:

Riviera Maya Divers Alliance
1st Ave. between 10st and 12st
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Mexico 77710
Phone: (984) 876-2506
Website: www.divingphotocontest.com