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Newsletter: Mexico, 5/6/07

Mexico and Latin America Hotelier to Make Aggressive Push in 2008


Grupo Posadas is looking to take control of Mexico’s hotel competition by building 15 new properties in the country this year. Following the successful re-launch of Aqua Cancun, Grupo Posadas plans to keep the momentum going throughout the year. Here’s a peek at the major Mexico hotelier’s plans.

With a portfolio of 104 hotels and 19,042 guestrooms in 50 destinations throughout Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, Grupo Posadas is making tremendous strides in the industry. After successfully launching seven new hotels in 2007, Posadas will open 15 new properties in 2008. Caesar Park Buenos Aires Obelisco is scheduled to debut this spring, and Aqua Bosques will open its doors to Mexico City this fall. In the business and economy categories, Posadas' Fiesta Inn and One Hotels look forward to 13 openings this year. The rest of the openings are Fiesta Inn Chetumal, Fiesta Inn Coatzacoalcos, Fiesta Inn Cuernavaca, Fiesta Inn Durango, Fiesta Inn Insurgentes, Fiesta Inn Morelia, Fiesta Inn Tepic, Fiesta Inn Toluca, One Acapulco, One Aguascalientes. One Culiacan, One Reynosa and One San Luis Potosi. Visit

Mexico and Latin America Included in New Luxury Line


Mexico and Latin America will be among the destinations featured in Certified Vacations’ new luxury product line called Select Escapes, available exclusively via Continental Airlines Vacations.

A similar ultra-luxury product will be introduced as part of the Future Vacations product line in summer 2008. Regions featured in the Select Escapes product include Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and the U.S.

The specific destinations in Mexico will be Nuevo Vallarta, the Riviera Maya and Zihuatanejo. Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro will be included in South America.

The Select Escapes program brings together many  notable names in luxury travel including Orient-Express Hotels & Trains, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Grand Luxe Rail Journeys, The Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Ritz-Carlton.  Members of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Leading Small Hotels of the World and Small Luxury Hotels of the World are also featured. Visit

Cusco’s First Luxury Boutique Hotel to Open This Month


La Casona Inkaterra, touted as the first luxury boutique hotel in Cusco, Peru, will officially open its doors this month. No specific day has been given for the opening, but agents can book now. The restored 16th-century colonial mansion will have 11 suites with double suites starting at $600 per night including breakfast. Visit

Marriott International Appoints New Area VP for the Caribbean and Brazil

Marriott International Hotels announced the appointment of Andrew Houghton as Area Vice President for the Caribbean and Brazil.

Houghton has had an extensive career with Marriott, starting in 1986 as director of sales and marketing at the London Marriott. In 1988, he moved to the Cairo Marriott, one of the largest hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as director of marketing. He later moved to the JW Marriott Cairo as opening general manager with responsibilities for the operations of the Mirage City Golf Club. In addition, Andrew worked at Marriott Headquarters, DC as Brand Executive VP for Full Service Brands from 2004-07. Visit

The Latest Deals: Puerto Vallarta Hotel Offers Wedding Packages


The newly renovated Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa on Puerto Vallarta’s Bay of Banderas presents two new “Spiritual and Grand Wedding Packages.”

The Spiritual Wedding Package is priced at $1,131.00 USD per couple and includes four-day/three-night all-inclusive accommodations in a Deluxe Room, a fresh flower bouquet for the bride, fresh flower boutonniere for the groom, a bottle of sparkling wine for the wedding toast, a wedding cake that serves up to 10 people, taxes and tips.

The Grand Wedding Package is priced at $1,318 per couple and includes four-day/three-night All-inclusive accommodations in a Deluxe Room with a king size bed , a marriage license and judge fee, premarital counseling, a personal wedding planner and taxes and tips.

Both packages are valid from now through July 7 and August 18 through December 20.

The Latest Deals: Cancun Resort Offers Two-Night Free Promotion


Temptation Resort Spa, the new all-inclusive 384-room resort in Cancun, is inviting singles and couples to take advantage of a last minute deal for two nights free. Guests will enjoy two nights free with any seven-night booking. The Two Nights Free promotion must be booked between now and May 15. Rates, valid for travel from May 1 to June 30, start at $159 per person, per night for a Deluxe room and $186 for a Deluxe Ocean View.

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