Just a few days after Hurricane Dean hit the Yucatan Peninsula with winds as strong as 160 mph, Artemio Santos, CEO of the Mexico Tourist Board, told Travel Agent that hotels in all major tourists areas are up and running with an average occupancy of 30 percent, a number he considers impressive. All major tourist sites in the country escaped unscathed, and the destination is ready to welcome visitors again.
With that said, it's time to pick up where you left off before the hurricane and continue suggesting Mexico to clients. Here are some deals and packages to share with clients—and others that you can take advantage of yourself.
Pleasant Holidays' Packages to the Mexican Caribbean
Hurricane Dean spared the resort and tourist areas of Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel—and Pleasant Holidays wants vacationers to see this for themselves.
The operator is featuring specials to Cancun and Riviera Maya, featuring a $150 activity credit with stays between September 20 and December 31, 2007. Five-night, air-inclusive Cancun vacations begin at $565 per person from Los Angeles and $665 from San Francisco.
This rate is based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations, all hotel taxes and surcharges, and on-site assistance. Agents can contact Cara Rowsey, communications manager, at 818-991-3390 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Jerry Healy, vice president of sales, at the same number or e-mail email@example.com.
"Fam-tastic" Rate at CasaMagna Marriott in Puerto Vallarta
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta is offering its "fam-tastic" rate through October 31, 2007. Prices range from $89 to $119 per night and include a $60 credit for a three-night stay, $80 credit for a four-night stay or a $100 credit for a five-night stay. Reservations must be made before September 15. Resort credit can be used toward the spa or meals at the resort. A minimum three-night stay is required and there is a maximum of five nights. Rates are only available to graduating agents of Hotel Excellence.
Agents must present a Hotel Excellence Certificate at check-in. Contact Sharon Dayan, tour and travel sales manager, at +52-322-226-0006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa Announces Honeymoon Package
Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa, an 83-room beachfront resort in Puerto Vallarta, is still offering its Premiere Honeymoon Package. The package is priced at $389 per couple, per night and includes accommodations in a Premiere oceanfront guest room with an indoor Jacuzzi, a welcome glass of champagne, one five-minute anti-stress neck massage upon arrival per person, in-room aromatherapy and dedicated butler service.
The Premiere Honeymoon Package includes all hotel taxes, is based on double occupancy and is valid for travel through December 21, 2007. This offer only applies to direct bookings and is non-refundable, subject to hotel availability, and may not be combined with any other offers.
A minimum stay of three nights is required. Agents may contact Evelina Chavez, the property's travel agent liaison for honeymooners and weddings, at +52-322-226-7041 or email@example.com.