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Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Announces Beach Boys Performance & Launches Air Credit Promotion

Cancun’s premier entertainment destination enhances offerings in time for Summer

Moon Palace

Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in luxurious, all-inclusive resort accommodations – proudly announces legendary super group, The Beach Boys, in concert at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort on August 6, 2013. And, just in time for summer travel, Palace Resorts is now surpassing its offerings with the largest air credit promotion to Mexico this summer. Guests who book seven nights or more, for travel from April 3 rd through August 24, 2013 will receive an air credit of up to $525* on packaged bookings, or a cash rebate of up to $280* for land only bookings. This spectacular promotion beats all summer travel offers to Mexico.

The leader in “awe-inclusive” vacation experiences and world-class entertainment, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is the ultimate place to be this summer. Not only will Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, The Beach Boys, perform live, but guests visiting Cancun’s premier entertainment destination can also enjoy the newest spellbinding pop rock stage spectacle, Cirque Dreams Rocks, from June 28 through August 11, 2013. Guests who book a stay of five nights or more will receive two complimentary tickets to each performance as part of the all-inclusive concept**.

Families seeking world-class accommodations this summer can also take advantage of Palace Resorts’ latest promotion, “Kids Stay Free.” Guests 12 years of age and younger who stay three nights or more from June 1 through August 31, 2013 at Beach Palace, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Playacar Palace or Cozumel Palace stay for free. Guests must book three nights by August 27, 2013 in order to take advantage of the summer promotion. Additionally, guests who book a stay of five nights or more are privy to the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 Resort Credit, which can be used on room upgrades, spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, upgraded wedding collections, dolphin swims and off-site excursions and tours.

“This summer, Palace Resorts set out to create the strongest summer travel program imaginable. It’s loaded with air credit, cash rebates, The Beach Boys, Cirque Dreams Rocks, our Kids Stay Free program and our unbeatable $1,500 Resort Credit. Palace Resorts continues to redefine the notion of a traditional all-inclusive resort,” said Gibran Chapur, executive vice president of Palace Resorts. “We continue to position Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort as an entertainment destination unto itself. From the addition of Cancun’s hottest new nightclub Noir, and the popular FlowRider® Double, an onsite dolphinarium, two new lounges for teens and children including Connection Zone Kids Club and Wired Teens Lounge, to hosting unmatched entertainment acts from around the world, we continue to expand the property’s offerings. Moon Palace guarantees an experience unlike anything seen before within the destination.”

Beach BoysIconic trailblazers responsible for such classic hits as “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo,” “God Only Knows,” and more, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 50 years ago. Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year. The group is led by Love and Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort continues to elevate the all-inclusive concept and offer guests an unforgettable vacation experience by combining world-class hospitality and top-rated live entertainment with exceptional amenities and attractions. Located on Cancun’s tranquil south shore and nestled between 123 acres of tropical foliage and secluded white sand beach, Moon Palace Golf Spa & Resort offers guests more than 2,400 waterside and garden view accommodations or golf villa suites. Multiple pools are complemented by two children’s pools, one Golf Club pool, six Jacuzzis and four swim-up bars. Additional on-site adventures range from a water sports marina for sporting activities to a world-class spa, and fully equipped fitness center.  Recognized as Cancun’s premiere entertainment resort destination, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has hosted world-renowned artists such as Shakira, Jon Secada, Enrique Iglesias, Usher and Air Supply, in addition to entertainment acts such as former Saturday Night Live comedians Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan & Tim Meadows, as well as spectacular shows such as Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.

Palace Resorts all-inclusive accommodations start at $171 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

To reserve your vacation experience at any Palace Resorts property, please visit www.PalaceResorts.com, call (800) 635-1836 or contact your preferred travel professional.

*Air credit booking window is April 3-May 31; Travel Window: April 3 rd through August 24 th, 2013; Air credit of up to $525 per room per booking of seven nights Cash rebate of up to $280 per room per booking of seven nights at Le Blanc Spa Resort; $175 at applicable Palace Resorts.

**Cirque Dreams Rocks promotion excludes Isla Mujeres Palace & Cozumel Palace. Additional tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  Transportation is included from participating resorts including: Sun Palace, Beach Palace, Playacar Palace and Le Blanc.

Beach Boys promotion is only available for guests staying at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Additional tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

About Palace Resorts
With seven oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Maya, Mexico. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double Jacuzzis, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts offers a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS FOR DOG LOVERS OFFERED NOW AT FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA

RIVIERA MAYA, MARCH 21th, 2013 –  Pet-loving guests at Fairmont Mayakoba can now make a difference in an underprivileged dog’s life, while enjoying a relaxing vacation.  The luxury hotel, recently ranked in Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013, invites visitors to participate in its Pack for a Purpose® project, aimed at helping injured and abandoned dogs, while providing the rewarding experience of giving back to the local community.

Unfortunately, countless of stray dogs can be found on the streets of Mexico. Guests of the AAA Five Diamond resort are invited to use the extra space left in their luggage to bring an in-kind donation for Playa Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs, and ultimately finding them permanent loving homes.

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Before traveling, tourists can review the list of needs on Pack for a Purpose’s website, which includes animal supplies such as a blankets, grooming and food products, as well as veterinarian equipment and health supplies.  Donations are collected at the hotel, then the resort’s Ecology and Social Responsibility Manager delivers them to Playa Animal Rescue. Guests looking to volunteer further can deliver the donation themselves at the shelter and give some love to these adorable four-legged friends.

“As a pet-friendly hotel, partnering with Playa Animal Rescue comes natural to us. At Fairmont Mayakoba our goal is to raise awareness for a culture of non-violence towards animals, while offering an opportunity for guests to have a positive impact in the local community” mentioned Sven Richter, Hotel Manager and owner of Pippa a stray he rescued from the streets of Playa del Carmen. “It is also an easy way to incorporate a memorable CSR activity into any group’s program”, added Richter.

Aside from rescuing strays, Playa Animal Rescue’s dream is to build a low cost clinic for the pets of local people who have fewer resources. “We want to create a lasting change in the local community by teaching the locals how to care for puppies and nurture and sterilize them to prevent future stray animals” mentioned Jan Northenscold, Shelter Director. The non-profit also has in place and easy process for visitors to adopt dogs and take them home.

Fairmont Mayakoba is committed to be a positive ambassador for the community while providing out of the ordinary experiences for the sophisticated traveler. Rates start at $199 per room, per night, for information or to book a reservation, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/mayakoba.  For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and the company’s industry leading environmental initiatives, please visit www.fairmont.com/environment.

 

ABOUT PLAYA ANIMAL RESCUE

Playa Animal Rescue, Inc. (PAR) is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, no-kill animal shelter located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico composed of local residents and frequent Riviera Maya visitors who came together to address the local street dog problem. With the help of donors, the organization opened a shelter in April 2012, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned dogs, and to finding permanent, loving homes for each of them. The results have been encouraging, as PAR has rescued more than 160 dogs since its opening and placed 100 others in permanent homes in Mexico, Canada and the United States. PAR is also dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership with community outreach and education, as well as promoting spaying and neutering of pets. For more information, visit http://playaanimalrescue.org/vet-clinic-project/

 

PACK FOR A PURPOSE®

Pack Pack for a Purpose is a Raleigh, N.C., based non-profit that assists travelers with up to date information about needed supplies for community-based projects supported by lodgings around the globe. Travelers use their luggage to bring school, medical and other supplies to the communities they visit: www.packforapurpose.org

 

About Fairmont Mayakoba

Nestled in the heart of Riviera Maya, Mexico, the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba is an AAA Five Diamond resort set on 45 acres within a private, luxury community surrounded by a lush mangrove forest intersected by crystal clear canals. The property has 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a 37,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa featuring 20 treatment rooms and a carefully crafted menu of services and distinctive treatments incorporating indigenous ingredients, and El Camaleón Golf Course, host to the only official PGA event in Mexico also featuring the Jim McLean Golf School. A dedication to a green philosophy has earned Fairmont Mayakoba verification as a Rainforest Alliance certified hotel, among other eco-accolades.  For reservations call 1(800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/mayakoba.

Become a fan of Fairmont Mayakoba. Join our online communities at www.twitter.com/fairmontmyk, and www.facebook.com/fairmontmayakoba.

 

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand’s distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.

Los Cabos Offers New Hotels, Increased Airlift, and Exciting Adventures in 2013

Los Cabos, Mexico (March 18, 2013) – Set against one of Mexico’s most naturally beautiful backdrops, Los Cabos has long been the destination of choice among sophisticated travelers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience and will undoubtedly continue be in the spotlight as new offerings are announced in 2013. Providing travelers the ultimate luxury experience, the addition of new hotels, an improved infrastructure, increased airlift and exciting new adventures in Los Cabos will make the destination a top choice among leisure and business travelers alike.

 Adding to the destination’s already impressive roster of high-end properties, El Ganzo, a 66-room oceanfront property located at the marina in Puerto Los Cabos just five minutes from the historic and charming town of San José del Cabo, recently opened its doors offering the artistic and cultured traveler an experience unlike anywhere else in the destination. Earlier this month, Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos reopened its doors after a multimillion-dollar renovation. Formerly the Finisterra Hotel, the property is the first Sandos resort in Los Cabos and the brand’s fourth venture in Mexico, offering traveler’s 228-renovated, waterfront rooms, a new world-class spa and a top-floor whale-watching bar. Later this year, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, an adults-only resort, will redefine luxury and relaxation providing guests with 500 spacious suites each featuring a private balcony and terrace. And for the business traveler, the destination is planning to welcome a 157-room Hotel Hyatt Palace in San José del Cabo.

Los Cabos is more prepared than ever to welcome business travelers to the destination in 2013. As the host city for the 2012 G20 Summit, which welcomed world leaders and heads of state to the Baja Peninsula, the destination inaugurated the innovative Los Cabos International Convention Center and a new four-lane highway stretching from Cabo San Lucas to the capital of La Paz positions Los Cabos as top-choice for business travel this year. The convention center offers 72,000 square feet of functional space and capacity to accommodate up to 5,000 people for meetings and 3,000 individuals for banquets. Equipped with solar panels and environmental technology, the Los Cabos Convention Center was designed with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind and has been designated as a “green” facility. It has the largest green wall in the world, which serves as insulator and prevents the building from overheating in the warm summer months.

For leisure travelers seeking new activities and entertainment in the destination, the recent addition of Cabo Dolphin’s underwater dolphin swim experience and the opening of Rock & Brews restaurant in San Jose del Cabo are the destination’s most noteworthy new offerings. Swimming with the dolphins has been a popular experience in Cabo for travelers, however the new underwater experience puts a new twist on the traditional Dolphin Swim. Also new to Cabo’s long list of fantastic dining and nightlife option, KISS rock legends Paul Stanley and co-founder Gene Simmons joined forces to open the first international location of Simmons restaurant venture, Rock & Brews, in Los Cabos. The restaurant will feature a unique, concert-themed atmosphere and offer al fresco dining, taking advantage of Cabo’s near perfect, year-round weather.

Finally, getting to Los Cabos this year will become increasingly easier from North America with two new direct flight options adding to the already extensive airlift from over 24 US and Canadian cities. Starting June 2, Southwest Airlines will begin daily service between Austin, TX and just this month AirTran Airlines added a direct flight from Denver to Los Cabos. This new flight option follows the addition of another new direct flight from the Orange County gateway from AirTran, which launched in late 2012.

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing, and was the host city for the G20 Summit of global leaders this year. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities.  For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, please visit www.visitloscabos.travel, follow us on Twitter @LOSCABOSCVB and visit our Facebook and YouTube accounts.

 

Longstanding Excellence in Seven of Cancun’s Hotels & Restaurants

Cancun’s Best are Awarded the Prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award

 Cancun, Mexico  – The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly announces that seven of Cancun’s hotels and restaurants received yet again the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Awards. The AAA Diamond Award is one of the most thorough and trusted rating systems for restaurants and lodgings in the U.S., and Five Diamond status is the highest award level possible.

With three restaurants and four hotels ranked as AAA Five Diamond Award winners for consecutive years, Cancun obtains the most awards this year out of any other Mexican destination.

According to AAA, a property is considered Five Diamond Award worthy when it reflects the characteristics of ultimate luxury and sophistication. Accommodations are first class, the physical attributes are extraordinary and offers meticulous service that exceed guests expectations. An impeccable standard of excellence, personalized service and amenities that enhance an unmatched level of comfort are also top requirements.

Cancun’s AAA Five Diamond Award-Winning Lodgings:

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun (Five Diamond recipient since 1996) –The Ritz Cancun offers the perfect hideaway for a sumptuous Caribbean vacation. The only Ritz-Carlton property in Mexico, this charismatic hotel offers world-class hospitality and exquisite restaurants that perfectly combine to offer a luxurious escape for couples and families alike.

  • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita (Five Diamond recipient since 2004) – Consistently named one of Mexico’s most exceptional boutique resorts, this paradise is set on a 14-acre property in Puerto Morelos and includes a private beach.
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa (Five Diamond recipient since 2007) – A landmark property, the resort offers an unforgettable experience, located in the heart of the Hotel Zone. The hotel has a spectacular Mayan-inspired spa, welcoming guests with luxurious ambiance, breathtaking views and reinvigorating treatments.
  • Le Blanc Spa Resort (Five Diamond recipient since 2010) – This adults-only resort offers guests a luxury, all-inclusive experience, with every detail designed to envelop guests in splendid comfort. This stylish hotel offers three outdoor pools, including two infinity pools with swim-up bars that overlook the Caribbean Sea.

For a restaurant to be honored with a AAA Five Diamond Award, it must consistently provide a world-class experience and be considered “haute cuisine” at its best. The menu and food must be cutting-edge, imaginative and showcase the artistry of an amazing chef.

  • The Club Grill (Five Diamond recipient since 1999) – Located in the Ritz-Carlton, this restaurant is known for its elevated Continental cuisine featuring prime cuts of meat and a diverse wine list spiced up with vibrant tones of live jazz.
  • Fantino (Five Diamond recipient since 2006) – Also in the Ritz-Carlton, this restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine at its finest, and features a loyal devotion to natural flavors with fresh interpretations and creative presentations complemented with live piano music.
  • Le Basilic (Five Diamond recipient since 2007) – Found at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa, Le Basilic offers French cuisine with a colorful bohemian atmosphere that, without losing its elegance, becomes casual so guests can relax, interact and delight their senses with great food and ambiance.

Further showcasing the rich and talented cuisine that the destination offers, the second annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will feature the world’s best chefs and sommeliers March 14 – 17. Not just a luxury hotel and foodie paradise, Cancun also boasts an extensive list of unique family and adventure excursions, awe-inspiring Mayan ruins and some of the most unique museums in the world.

About Cancun

 Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

 Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore.  The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

For more information, visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau website at: www.cancun.travel. Follow us on Twitter @CancunCVB, “LIKE” us on Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cancuncvb browse through our videos on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cancuntravel and share your pictures of Cancun on our Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22572360@N07/.

 

Aeromexico Promotes New Route with Travel Agencies

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, held an event to present the recent start of operations between London and Mexico City, a service which will increase trade, business and tourism ties between the two nations.

The event, held at the Hotel Melia White House, was attended by executives from Corona, Melia and Aeromexico who addressed more than 200 guests from the trade and front line managers of major travel agencies, tour operators, incentive houses and TMC’s about the importance of this new route for both countries. Elias Vivas, Sales Manager for Aeromexico in the United Kingdom, presented “Meet Aeromexico” giving the top trade partners the chance to learn about the airline’s competitive advantages, its products and services.

Since December 15, Aeromexico now flies three times a week to Mexico City International Airport’s Terminal 2, giving business and pleasure passengers the opportunity to enjoy the trade and tourist attractions of more than 45 destinations in Mexico, 20 in North America and 11 in Latin America.

The flight itinerary is as follows:

London — Mexico City

Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
AM008 5:25 p.m. 00:15 a.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Mexico City — London

Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
AM007 10:35 p.m. 3:00 p.m Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

With this event, Aeromexico remains committed to positioning its brand as a favorite among passengers and stakeholders of London tourism, enabling it to boost the growth of British visitors to Mexico and the rest of the world.

Aeromexico, S.A.B. Ltd., is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. It has a fleet of Boeing 777, 767, 737 and the latest models of Embraer 145, 170 and 190. As of 2011, an important expansion plan began that includes the incorporation of 20 new planes and properties over the next 24 months. In 2012, Aeromexico announced that it signed a letter of intent to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft, 90 Boeing 737 MAX and 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, making it the largest investment program in Mexican aviation history.

Grupo Aeromexico operates its main hub out of Terminal 2 in the Mexico City International Airport. The Group’s airlines operate more than 600 daily flights to different cities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, as well as Europe and Asia.

Aeromexico is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance comprised of the following 19 airlines: Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM Romanian Air Transport, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air. SkyTeam offers all partner airline passengers a large global network with more destinations and frequencies, and improved connectivity. Passengers can accrue and redeem miles with the different partners’ loyalty programs and enjoy the convenience provided at 525 airport lounges worldwide. SkyTeam offers its 552 million annual passengers more than 15,000 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 187 countries.

FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA CELEBRATES EARTH HOUR

For every participant guest, the luxury resort will make a donation for the preservation of
The Mesoamerican Reef

Hora_Del_Planeta_13  RIVIERA MAYA, MARCH 11, 2013 – Fairmont Mayakoba, a leader in hotel sustainability practices, will participate for the seventh consecutive year, in Earth Hour, the world’s  largest global climate change initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., the iconic hotel in the Riviera Maya will join Fairmont properties around the world that will participate in the awareness event, by shutting off nonessential lights for one hour.

“As the world’s most important event against climate change, Fairmont Mayakoba is pleased to join Earth Hour and raise environmental awareness towards this important cause,” mentions Ian L. Robinson, Regional Vice President and General Manager for Fairmont Mayakoba. “It is a unique opportunity for the hotel’s colleagues and guests to engage in activities that promote Fairmont Hotels & Resorts ongoing efforts of sustainability stewardship.”

In addition to switching off nonessential lighting for an hour, the luxury resort will also celebrate Earth Hour by inviting guests and visitors to participate in diHora_Del_Planeta_75fferent events including unplugged entertainment. For every guest participating in any of the activities listed below, Fairmont Mayakoba will donate $1 USD to Oceanus, a local non-profit organization working on reforesting the Mesoamerican Reef along the Riviera Maya. Coral reefs are one of the most affected ecosystems by climate change and a significant attraction for visitors to the Riviera Maya.

 

Activities include:
The Darkest Night: Ancient Maya Astronomy
The eco-friendly event may be the darkest night of the year, so archeologists Julia C. Miller and Alfonso Morales from Catherwood Travels will take advantage of this unique opportunity to give an equally entertaining and interesting talk about archaeoastronomy and the Maya use of astronomy. The ancient Maya are famous around the world for their magnificent cities, intricate hieroglyphic writing, and their skill in astronomy. The study of the archaeoastronomy of the Maya has brought to light not only their fascination with the heavens and the movements of the planets and stars but also how they recorded their observations in their books and their buildings, as it will be explored in this conference. Following, the archeologists, with the use of iPads, will invite guests to try to identify some of the constellations and planets that were so important to the ancient Maya.

Children & Family
Surrounded by lush jungle and mangroves, little guests and families are invited for a Frogtastic Adventure, a night walk in search of the different wildlife that can be seen and heard on the hotel’s grounds.

Gourmet Affairs
The hotel’s AAA Four Diamond Award oceanfront restaurant, Las Brisas will offer a Lights Out candlelight dinner highlighting an exquisite sustainable menu, while the Lobby Lounge will offer a Dark Night cocktail inspired by the eco-friendly event.

Wellness
There is something magical about listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Lighted by the Mayan moon, Willow Stream Spa invites guests to exercise and reconnect with nature by participating in an on-the-beach yoga session.

Since opening in 2006, the AAA Five Diamond resort has been committed to Hora_Del_Planeta_74protect the environment and sustainability by making the harmonious balance between luxury and nature a reality. Its construction included the use of recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, and the relocation of over 10,000 plants. Its commitment to minimizing the hotel’s footprint on the planet is shown by supporting the development of local communities and encouraging guests to actively participate in environmental conservation. Fairmont Mayakoba has also been recognized with important eco-accolades like Rainforest Alliance Verified and the Green Key.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people, including several Fairmont hotels around the globe, participated. In 2010, hundreds of millions of people and over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet.
With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a strong supporter of WWF, participating in many of their campaigns, as well as being a member of their global Climate Savers program. For the past two decades, Fairmont has been dedicated to preserving the places in which we live, work and play through its Green Partnership Program. Expanding on this 20-year commitment, Fairmont will continue to actively support a sustainable future and a low carbon economy, understanding that ultimately, we are all in this together.
For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and the company’s industry leading environmental initiatives, please visit www.fairmont.com/environment.

ABOUT FAIRMONT MAYAKOBA
Nestled in the heart of Riviera Maya, Mexico, the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba is an AAA Five Diamond resort set on 45 acres within a private, luxury community surrounded by a lush mangrove forest intersected by crystal clear canals. The property has 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a 37,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa featuring 20 treatment rooms and a carefully crafted menu of services and distinctive treatments incorporating indigenous ingredients, and El Camaleón Golf Course, host to the only official PGA event in Mexico also featuring the Jim McLean Golf School. A dedication to a green philosophy has earned Fairmont Mayakoba verification as a Rainforest Alliance certified hotel, among other eco-accolades.  For reservations call 1(800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/mayakoba.
Become a fan of Fairmont Mayakoba. Join our online communities at www.twitter.com/fairmontmyk, and www.facebook.com/fairmontmayakoba.
ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand’s distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.

Become a fan of Fairmont. Join our online communities at everyonesanoriginal.com, facebook.com/fairmonthotels, twitter.com/fairmonthotels, and pinterest.com/fairmonthotels/. For career opportunities, visit facebook.com/fairmontcareers.

Delta Volunteers Build Six Homes with Habitat for Humanity in Puebla, Mexico

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More than 50 employees volunteer for Delta’s “Force For Global Good” in Mexico

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Habitat for Humanity International will join forces March 5 – 13, to help build six Habitat homes in Puebla, an historic Spanish colonial city approximately 80 miles east of Mexico City, Mexico as part of Delta’s Force for Global Good program to effect positive local and global change. This year’s volunteers come from 18 different cities throughout world, including Montreal, Singapore, Toronto and the U.S.

“Delta has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years, building alongside our employees, customers and homeowners,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s vice president – Latin America, Mexico and Caribbean. “I’m very proud that employees continue to build in partnership with families in need of basic shelter within the US and around the world.”

“Serving the people and communities where we live and work is a core value expressed by Delta people every day,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s vice president – Community Affairs. “Our long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity has given us the opportunity to provide more than 100 homes around the world.”

Delta people will build six new homes working side by side with the families who will live in the new community upon completion. The structures will be built to resist earthquakes, hurricanes and floods and will be primarily made from concrete block which will require minimal ongoing maintenance for the recipient families.

Delta volunteers will be joined by Dan DeRiemer of Roswell, Ga., a Delta SkyMiles Diamond Medallion member who bid 324,500 miles through Delta’s SkyMiles Online Auction to win the opportunity to participate in the build with his wife, Laura. The miles will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

This is Delta’s ninth international build with Habitat for Humanity. Delta employees from around the globe use vacation time and pay a portion of their expenses to volunteer on the international builds and help those in need of simple, decent and affordable housing, while also taking the opportunity to learn more about the country and its culture. Delta has been involved in similar projects in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, South Africa and Thailand.

“These volunteers are more than just a group of people contributing their time to construct a house. They are also helping build a community that learns how teamwork can help them fulfill dreams. Bridges are built between countries and cultures; as well as the satisfaction of being part of a life changing experience,” said Zayra Huertas, resource development director for Habitat for Humanity Mexico. “Habitat for Humanity Mexico is proud to facilitate this experience for both the families and volunteers.”

“Our Mexico City based employees have displayed a lot of enthusiasm for this project that brings Delta people together for a common cause,” said Carlos Enrique Hernandez, Delta’s director – Mexico. “This building site is also a great way to demonstrate Delta’s core values along with Aeromexico, our alliance partner, as they join us in constructing a new community in Puebla.”

Delta has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years and strengthened the partnership in 2006 by becoming a national partner and unveiling the first 767-300 featuring a unique Habitat for Humanity livery and a Delta Force for Global Good decal. The special livery helps raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity’s global work and highlights the efforts of employee participation in Delta’s Force For Global Good. Delta’s Habitat plane has flown nearly 25,000 hours and approximately 3,000 trips around the earth.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

About Delta
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.