With 2019 winding down, it’s time to take a look at some of the biggest stories in the travel industry. Here are the most-read stories on Travel Agent Central on Mexico this year.
Keep this in mind for next year: Grupo Vidanta is working on a new collection of entertainment parks at its Nuevo Vallarta beach resort. Called Vidanta World, in November the company announced the parks would be home to a parachute drop and Ferris wheel, as well as an aerial gondola connecting the parks to the beach. The gondola is scheduled to open next winter.
Looking for an over-the-top stay to recommend? In October, the Condé Nast Awards put the spotlight on a number of destinations and luxury hotels in Mexico. Mérida, the capital of Yucatan State, won the award for best small city in the world for its mix of Spanish colonial architecture and Mayan history. In terms of hotels and resorts, the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, won a #18 spot in the world and a #1 spot in Mexico for its historic architecture and rooftop bar with spectacular views.
With proposal season getting underway, you’ll want to keep in mind this list of tips from this year’s class of 30Under30. We polled our newest rising-star travel advisors for their picks of some of Mexico’s most romantic resorts. Imanta Resorts just outside of Punta de Mita and Cuixmala, three hours south of Puerto Vallarta’s airport, were among the recommendations. Ovation Travel Group’s Fallon Hirschhorn was able to personally recommend Nizuc Resort & Spa in Cancun – she had just gotten married there!
If you have clients concerned about reports of a "tax" in Baja California, here's what you need to know. It’s not a tax – instead, the “Fund for a Sustainable Baja California” relies on voluntary contributions from travelers, which can be paid via digital kiosks or online. The contribution, which went into effect November 9, is 350 Mexican pesos, or approximately $18, and it funds infrastructure and social service works.
Sargassum seaweed is another topic that has been making headlines for a couple of years, but know this: this year resorts started fighting back in earnest. Resorts ranging from the Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita to the Desire Riviera Maya Resort, as well as Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts, launched a series of barriers and other measures to control the algae, along with extensive cleanup efforts. Here you can find what resorts are doing, as well as other important background information on the issue.