What's New in Acapulco

Acapulco has been struggling of late with an image problem, due to an increase in drug violence. But not all of the news coming out of this former jet-set playground is bad. Teresa de Jesús Rivas, Acapulco's tourism director, says that the number of visitors to the Pacific coast resort city increased from 5.3 million in 2004 to 5.7 million in 2005. However, these figures are not all they're cracked up to be, since only about 15 percent of tourists arrive from other countries. Acapulco's tourist numbers are on the rise

This hasn't stopped Frontier Airlines from offering new nonstop service from Denver (DEN) to Acapulco (ACA) effective Dec. 20. This route is designed for seasonal travel, and will be available through April 2007 (with the exception of the month of January, during which time nonstop flights will be offered on Saturdays only). Air service from Denver to Acapulco during Mexico's peak vacation season (December to April) is available only via Frontier Airlines. For information visit, www.frontierairlines.com.

"Our low fares, paired with Acapulco's world-class hotels, beaches and nightlife, made Acapulco a very popular destination for Frontier passengers," says John Happ, senior vice president of marketing and planning for Frontier Airlines.

Travel agents looking to learn more about Acapulco can take advantage of Destination Ventures Ltd.'s travel agent training programs, produced in collaboration with the Acapulco Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Acapulco: Where the World Comes Together" will include a 60-minute classroom-style seminar led by one of Destination Ventures' instructors and a supplier showcase featuring top Acapulco hotels and tour operators.

Six events are scheduled for November: Nov. 7: Los Angeles; Nov. 8: Orange County, CA; Nov. 9: Phoenix; Nov. 14: Chicago; Nov. 15: Dallas; Nov. 16: Houston.

Visit www.visitacapulco.com.mx.

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