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Newsletter: Mexico, 7/16/08

Karisma, Fisher-Price to Launch New Kids Program


Although it ’s not expected to be released until July 21, representatives of Azul Hotels by Karisma were kind enough to give Travel Agent the scoop on its new program with Fisher-Price during a sit-down interview on Monday.

Azul Hotels by Karisma and Fisher-Price will launch in October its new Azulitos Kids Program, a play program designed for children five years and younger that aims to put the new Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma on the map as Mexico’s top child-friendly resort, says Mandy Chomat, vice president of sales and marketing for Karisma Hotels. The program will launch in conjunction with Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma, also slated for October 1, and includes a creative Toys Lending Library. This feature allows children to pick from a menu of toys to borrow during their vacation. Parents sign for the toys and children are allowed to bring them back to their room or on the beach, meaning parents will have less items to carry on the plane or pack in their luggage.

Also featured in the program is a colorful brochure, offered upon arrival, that details services and adventures available during the family's stay. The program also offers parents the option of borrowing high chairs and carriages, again giving them less to lug on board. The room will include music, toys for toddlers and a host of other activities aimed at keeping children entertained.

For exercise-oriented mothers, the program also offers a jogging/yoga activity where mothers can borrow a jogging stroller and enjoy a breakfast that includes granola, fruit, yogurt and other healthy treats.

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Occidental Hotels & Resorts’ Mexico Properties Introduce Commissionable Excursions


Occidental Hotels & Resorts announced the addition of new commissionable excursions in Mexico and Costa Rica. These excursions include a romantic lobster-dinner cruise, an off-road jungle experience, snorkeling, scuba diving and horseback riding, among other activities. All are commissionable by booking in advance on Occidental’s website.

A sampling of the excursions available at Occidental Hotels & Resorts in Mexico includes a Snorkeling Adventure where guest explore two coral reefs at Petempich Bay's national park over the course of three 40-minute guided snorkeling adventures. The day consists of two reef excursions in the morning followed by a beach break, authentic Mexican lunch, and an afternoon of more snorkeling.

For other commissionable activities and information on Cost Rica offers, visit

Cancun Resort Offers Agents Special Rates


Temptation Resort Spa, the new all-inclusive 384-room resort in Cancun, welcomes travel agents to experience the property first hand with the introduction of their new travel agent rate promotion valid from August 17 through October 31.

Temptation Resort Spa fam rates are $39 per person, per night for deluxe room accommodations (double or triple occupancy) or $69 per person, per night (single occupancy) for a one-to-three-night stay. Additional nights will apply with a rate of $70 per person, per night for deluxe room accommodations (double or triple occupancy) or $100 per person, per night (single occupancy).


Nude Band to Perform at Mexico Resort

From now through July 23, there may be a few things at Hidden Beach Resort that won’t be hidden at all. The free-spirited, Riviera Maya resort will be hosting “Semana Del Rock,” a festival that includes a two-night concert series by Shane Gentry and Nekkid Monday, a three-man nude band from North Carolina.

These special performances will be a part of Hidden Beach Resort’s exclusive Gourmet Inclusive experience. The band will perform two 90-minute shows at the resort where they will play some of their original hits, “Clothes Free,” “Shake It Down” and “Let It All Hang Out.” On July 19, there will be a raffle giveaway for three couples to win dinner with the band, and as a special treat, on July 21, guests will have the opportunity to climb aboard catamarans and get to know the band members in an intimate setting.


Mexico Operator’s New Price Match Policy

Future Vacations, which sells the Mexico, among other destinations, launched a new “Price Match” policy in which the operator will match any competitor’s price on comparable vacation packages within three hours. Agents or consumers who book a Future Vacations package and find a lower price on a comparable package elsewhere can call Future Vacations’ new “Price Match Hotline” and speak directly to a “Price Match Specialist” for immediate service.

Comparable packages must feature the same airline, hotel, room category, travel dates and inclusions (e.g.: rental car, ground transfers, theme park/show tickets, etc.). If Future Vacations is unable to match the price of a package, travelers will receive a $25 travel credit for future use. The “Price Match Policy” is effective now and until further notice on all packages in the Future Vacations portfolio, which spans the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

The hotline is 800-373-7801 or agents can visit

Mexico Gets Two More World Heritage Sites

San Miguel de Allende and the Monarch Butterflies recently joined Mexico’s long list of World Heritage Sites.

San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve now give Mexico 29 officially tagged World Heritage Sites by UNESCO during the 32nd annual World Heritage Committee in Canada. The committee also added 13 other new sites to their World Heritage List. Mexico now places third in the world for their amount of World Heritage Sites, after Spain and Italy.

Hotel Chain Offers Savings Up to 25% in Mexico


Excellence Resorts is offering 20-25 percent discounts for guest staying at their Cancun and Play Mujeres properties. For travel from now to August 17, guests at Excellence Playa Mujeres receive 20 percent off while last minute specials from now to August 17 include savings of up to 25 percent. Also, 25 percent savings are available for bookings made before July 31 and for travel from August 18 through December 23. Excellence’s Early Booking Promotion includes 20 percent savings for bookings made before November for travel from January 4 through December 23.  The same savings and dates apply for Excellence Riviera Cancun.


Upgrade Specials in Mexico


El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma has a new promotion going on, offering four different upgrades for only $40– including room categories, beachfront sky massages, candlelight beachfront dinner for two, and a champagne-and–chocolate-strawberry-romance night. Booking window applies from now through September 15 for travel from August 1 to December 22.

Visit The Booking code is “40more.”

Package Celebrates Girls Getaway


Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas is offering a package in honor of National Girls Getaway Day on August 1 and beyond. The $960 package per person includes tequila tastings, spa sessions, and gourmet dining. The package is for up to six girlfriends, includes a 2,000 square-foot, two-bedroom suite complete with separate living and dining areas, kitchen, grand terrace, and marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. Girlfriends will be treated to one dinner in-suite and one dinner at Casa Dorada’s 12 Tribes gourmet restaurant with a bottle of wine included. The private tour of the town of Todos Santos includes a limousine with VIP host and bottle service to take girlfriends to renowned shopping, art and cultural attractions. Daily buffet breakfast and all taxes and gratuities are also included.  This three-night package can be booked through December 19.


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