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Newsletter: Mexico, 7/1/08

United States, Brazil Agree to Expanded Air Services


The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) reported an agreement between the U.S. and Brazil that would result in a nearly 50-percent increase in passenger flights between the two countries. The agreement will also eliminate restrictions on the number of airlines that can provide U.S.-Brazil air service, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Thursday.

Any number of U.S. or Brazilian airlines may now fly between the two countries, removing the previous limit of four carriers from each side. The agreement also will, in four stages between July and October 2010, permit an increase in the number of weekly U.S.-Brazil passenger flights from 105 to 154 for each country’s carriers, Peters announced.

The agreement also will allow expanded air cargo services between the U.S and Brazil.  The number of weekly cargo flights may expand from 24 to 35 immediately, and to 42 in the year 2010. In addition, the agreement allows cargo charter flights to increase from 750 per year to 1,000 immediately, and to 1,250 in 2010.

Under the agreement, U.S. carriers may serve five new cities in Brazil – Fortaleza, Curitiba and three others to be selected by the United States.  Currently, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines provide service between the United States and Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. The agreement also allows, for the first time, U.S. and Brazilian carriers to provide certain types of service on a code-share basis with their partner airlines from third-world countries.

JetBlue, Travel Impressions Meet With Mexico Tourism Board


Oscar Fitch, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board met Friday with Dave Barger, JetBlue Airways  CEO and Rob Land, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, in the MTB offices in New York City to discuss new flights from the United Stated to Mexico. New routes discussed included New York-Guadalajara, Orlando-Guadalajara, Orlando-Monterrey, Washington D.C.–Mexico City and New York–Toluca.

The flight to Toluca would give consumers the opportunity to connect with Mexico’s low-cost airlines which all fly out of this airport. After meeting with JetBlue, Fitch also met with Elyse Elkin, Travel Impressions’ Vice-president for Latin America. Travel Impressions reported a 20 percent increase in sales to Mexico in general and a 28.5 increase to Cancun.

New Luxury Resort in Mexico Breaks Ground

Bald Mountain de Mexico’s new luxury resort in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico broke ground Saturday. Slated to open in the late summer of 2010, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende will combine a luxury resort, private residences and a spa with the local charm and culture of San Miguel de Allende, a historical colonial town located in the mountainous state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.

Located within the historical heart of downtown San Miguel de Allende, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende will offer 63 guest rooms, including 15 deluxe guest rooms, 46 suites, and two multi-bedroom presidential suites encompassing more than 1,700 square feet each. Visit

Spirit Announces New Flights to Colombia

Spirit Airlines is slated to launch new, daily nonstop service July 24 from Fort Lauderdale to Bogota, Colombia. In addition to this new nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale, Spirit also offers connections from its network of 16 other destinations in the United States to Bogota. The new route will be operated by Spirit’s new Airbus fleet. Visit

Happy Vacations Announces First Costa Rica Brochure


Happy Vacations announced its new eight-page brochure, which is available immediately for travel agents and includes information on Costa Rica for the first time in the company’s 40-year history. Specifically, it will include the most current information on lodging, activities and transportation throughout Costa Rica.

“We are proud to offer beautiful luxury resorts, as well as the smaller boutique hotels and eco-lodges throughout Costa Rica,” said Dave Marshall, president of Happy Vacations in a written release. “We have chosen to work with hotels and companies according to their careful interaction with the local environment and appreciation of our guests.”

Happy Vacations services more than 3,000 active agencies throughout the U.S. with 170 employees, including 18 satellite sales offices nationwide. Visit

Orient Express Announces New PeruRail Booking Capability


PeruRail, the operator of the southern and southeast railway in Peru, has launched a direct online booking facility on their website,, enabling travelers to arrange their train travel within Peru in advance.

The system generates an e-voucher for each passenger on completion of the online booking, which is then used to collect the PeruRail ticket at the station on the day of departure. PeruRail operates passenger services across a number of routes linking most of the tourist highlights of the Andes, most notably Machu Picchu, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Lake Titicaca. There are four different train services to suit a range of travel budgets. PeruRail is owned by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd and their partners, Peruvian Trains and Railways (Grupo Peruval).

Puerto Vallarta Resort Offers Shop and Spa Credit


Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico is offering clients 50 percent savings with money for shopping and spa visits during their stay. From now through October 31, guests can enjoy the $250 credit per suite at the boutique or Grand Velas Spa. The Grand Credit is available to guests booking a minimum of three nights in a parlor or master suite for $317 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Children 12 and under are $98 per night. Visit

Riviera Maya Resort Offers Vows Renewal Package


Sandos Hotels & Resorts offering a year-round Symbolic Wedding or Vow Renewal package at their four all-inclusive properties on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. A Sandos Hotels & Resorts Symbolic Wedding or Vow Renewal package features personalized service from a wedding coordinator, decorated wedding site such as a private area on the beach or a tropically-inspired, private location (including guest seating), sparkling wine for the wedding toast (up to 12 guests), a one-tier wedding cake, background music during the ceremony (or couples can bring their own songs and use the hotel’s CD player), room upgrade for the wedding couple (based on availability) and other amenities. The package is $300, which is added on to the cost of an all-inclusive hotel stay.

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