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Turtle Weddings at Los Cabos

Marquis Los Cabos Plays Host to Wedding Guests Assisting in Baby Sea Turtle Release

Los Cabos, Mexico – This month, the beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort offered two newlywed couples and their wedding guests the opportunity to assist in releasing baby Olive Ridley sea turtles, one of the resort’s ecotourism initiatives.  Certified by the state-sponsored PROFEPA agency as a sea turtle watch and rescue site, the resort protects five species of turtle eggs from laying as early as June and hatching as early as October.

Marquis Los Cabos“The turtle release was such a unique and wonderful addition to our wedding day. We received so many glowing compliments about the experience from guests of all ages. Not only was it something fun and interactive for everyone to do after the ceremony, but it was a wonderful way to wish us well as newlyweds,“ said Yinh Abdelmessih of New York , one of the brides who assisted in the release.  “The turtle release was one of the biggest hits of the wedding and people are still talking about it – weeks after the event!“

Just as the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, named for the olive-green color of its heart-shaped shell, returns every year to its birth site, Marquis invites those couples wed at the resort to return on their anniversary with a three-night complimentary stay.

In addition to the anniversary certificate, couples choosing Marquis Los Cabos for their destination wedding also receive deluxe accommodations in a casita with private pool, spa treatments, champagne, romantic gifts, a professional wedding coordinator, and more with the Take the Cake Wedding Package.  Special room rates starting at $295 are available for groups.  Visit www.marquisloscabos.com or call 1-877-238-9399 for reservations.

About Marquis Los Cabos
The 237-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California península, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, and is minutes from the authentic Old World village of San Jose del Cabo as well as the lively town of Cabo San Lucas .  The resort features a 15,000 square foot holistic spa and fitness center and an exclusive gourmet restaurant where a Michelin-pedigreed chef prepares a nightly prix fixe menu.  Since its 2003 opening, Marquis Los Cabos has earned the travel industry’s most coveted awards including “World’s Best” (Travel + Leisure); “Gold List Award” (Conde Nast Traveler); “Best Value” (Conde Nast Traveler); the AAA Four Diamond Award, and the Five Star Diamond Award for its Canto del Mar restaurant.  Marquis Los Cabos is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and the only member of Leading Spas of the World in Los Cabos.

YouTube Series Offers Teaser for Los Cabos’ Newest All-inclusive Resort

Barceló Hotels & Resorts Launches Online Video Campaign, Including Teaser for the Upcoming Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe

Fairfax, VA – Meet Drew the Dreamer and Sophie the Softie, two traveling pillows looking for the ideal place to rest their weary heads.

Like many other vacationers seeking a cushiony spot to unwind from the stresses of everyday life, this unique duo’s quest for an idyllic paradise leads to a fun, whimsical journey that takes the pair from coast to coast.

The resort-hopping adventure is chronicled in a six-episode YouTube series, part of an innovative online marketing campaign by leading all-inclusive hotelier Barceló Hotels & Resorts.

The aptly named series, “Pillow Talk,” ends with the couple’s discovery of “the hotel of dreams,” the highly anticipated Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, set to debut in December 2009.

Situated directly on the beach near Mexico’s picturesque San José del Cabo, this five-star, all-inclusive resort will feature five à la carte restaurants with international dishes by celebrated chefs, a world-class spa with salon and sauna, a theater for nightly live entertainment, a state-of-the-art convention center boasting more than 35,000 square feet of meeting space and much more.

The inventive, cutting-edge series will build upon Barceló’s primary campaign for the resort’s debut, “The Hotel of Your Dreams.”   The hotelier has designed a new Web site to help lead up to the big reveal and to increase user interaction in a unique way (http://www.thehotelofyourdreams.com/).  While on the site, users offer their own opinions as to what the hotel of their dreams might include.  They can select their responses to such thought-provoking questions as “What kind of relaxing atmosphere do you value most?” and register to turn their dreams into deep discounts, up to 20 percent off the nightly rate.

Additional site features include a space to read other dreamers’ descriptions as well as a real-time stream of updates on the resort’s construction and progress, provided directly from the hotel’s architect.  The campaign is also plugged into the popular social media Web site, Twitter, offering a five percent discount every time a user shares his or her dream via a “tweet.”

For more information or to experience the campaign for yourself, visit http://www.thehotelofyourdreams.com/.  View an exclusive sneak peek of Drew and Sophie in action by selecting the Pillow Talk icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the site’s home page. 

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 will open its doors with 626 well-appointed suites, including 34 swim-up deluxe junior suites.  The resort will additionally boast six specialty restaurants, specializing in Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese cuisine as well as steak and seafood favorites; an international buffet; a traditional Mexican buffet; and numerous bars and nightclubs.  Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe will also feature 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/.

DISCOUNTED HOLIDAY VACATIONS AT SELECT LIVE AQUA, FIESTA AMERICANA GRAND AND FIESTA AMERICANA RESORTS

Enjoy Up to 35 Percent Off Nightly Room Rates, Plus Up to 25 Percent Off on Dining, Beverages and Spa Services at Select Luxury Hotels

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (October  2009) – For those who imagine a winter wonderland complete with sun-kissed ocean waves and a soft carpet of sand, Live Aqua, Fiesta Americana Grand and Fiesta Americana hotel brands unwrap discounted Mexican getaways as an early holiday gift, offering up to 35 percent off the nightly room rate at select hotels, plus additional discounts on dining, beverage and spa services.  Participating resorts include the following properties:

– Live Aqua Cancun – starting from $298 USD per night, plus 25 percent off dining, beverages and spa treatments – It’s easy to fall in love with Live Aqua Cancun, where guests can tickle their senses, frolic in the sand and surf and plunge into one of eight shimmering swimming pools, each set at its own unique water temperature.

– Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun – starting from $285 USD per night, plus 25 percent off on dining, beverages and spa treatments – The style, service and world-class amenities of the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun have earned the resort the distinction to be the only hotel in Mexico holding the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award for fifteen consecutive years.  This Cancun icon has undergone an all-encompassing renovation to create perfection and distinction in each of the 602 spectacular suites as well as the all-new spa, spanning 14,000 square feet, the largest spa facility in Latin America.

– Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa – starting from $207 USD per night, plus 25 percent off on dining, beverages and spa treatments – With five pools, two golf courses and amazing opportunities for sport-fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding and ATV tours that overlook the Sea of Cortez, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort possesses the ideal blend of raw beauty and modern grandeur.  The resort promises to deliver the perfect winter getaway for all, from the rugged, outdoors enthusiast to the sophisticated, cosmopolitan traveler.

– Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun – starting from $168 USD per night, plus 25 percent off on dining, beverages and spa treatments – Who says summer has to end?  Situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cancun, the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun can extend the best of summer all year long.  Guests enjoy the ultimate fun-in-the-sun vacation, right on a large beach strip with sun beds and parasols, a relaxing multi-level pool, a variety of water sports and beach volleyball.

– Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort – starting from $109 USD per night, plus 25 percent off dining and beverages – On the island paradise of Cozumel sits the Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort.  The resort’s private beach and peaceful Caribbean waters make it the ideal place to rest, relax and enjoy the sun.  More active travelers, meanwhile, will appreciate the resort’s other offerings:  diving and snorkeling in a multitude of life and color.

– Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta – starting from $151 USD per night, plus 25 percent off dining, beverages and spa treatments – The embodiment of traveling in style, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta stands out in Banderas Bay on the most beautiful beach in Vallarta. The sparkling pool, array of water sports and seaside beach volleyball create the complete vacation experience for couples or families.

– Fiesta Americana Veracruz – starting from $82 USD per night, plus 25 percent off dining and beverages – Located in the exclusive area of Costa de Oro, Fiesta Americana Veracruz will spoil travelers with indulgent luxuries.  The resort offers two restaurants specializing in fresh seafood and Italian cuisine, a spa featuring aromatherapy as well as music therapy and a private beach for sunbathing.

– Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco – starting from $75 USD per night, plus 10 percent off dining, beverages and spa treatments – The beautiful city of Acapulco sits in the backyard of Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, beckoning visitors to enjoy both the serenity of the ocean and the liveliness of the city’s nightlife.  The hotel boasts three pools, a health club and special activities just for children.

“We look forward to welcoming back familiar faces and introducing new guests to our properties with an opportunity to take advantage of incredible deals on a sunny Mexican vacation,” said Javier Barrera, company spokesperson. “We hope to show visitors why we have been a leader in the Latin American tourism industry for more than three decades.”

Reservations made now through Dec. 15, 2009, will receive up to a 35 percent discount, while those made between Dec. 16, 2009, and February 2, 2010, will receive up to 25 percent off.

This promotion is based on single or double occupancy, does not include taxes and gratuities, does not apply for group reservations and is not applicable with any other promotional or discounted rate.  Travel reservations must be booked by Feb. 2, 2010, for stays between Jan. 3 and April 10, 2010.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-FIESTA-1 or by visiting
www.fiestamericanagrand.com/winter.

Grupo Posadas, with more than three decades in the hotel marketplace, operates 112 properties and nearly 20,000 guestrooms in 50 beach and city destinations in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.  In Mexico, the company operates 20 percent of its rooms in the tourism segment.  Its seven hotel brands are Live Aqua, Fiesta Americana Grand, Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Inn and One Hotels in Mexico, and in South America, the company operates Caesar Park and Caesar Business, making Grupo Posadas the leading Mexican hotel operator in Latin America.  Grupo Posadas has been listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange since 1992, with the ticker symbol “POSADAS.” For additional information, visit its website http://www.posadas.com/.

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 http://www.capellahotels.com/.

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 http://www.fiestamericanagrand.com/.

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 http://www.lasventanas.com/.

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 http://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/.

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 http://www.pueblobonitosunsetbeach.com/.

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 www.westin.com/loscabos.

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 http://www.visitloscabos.travel/.

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, –(PR.com)– 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 www.velasresorts.com.

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.