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By Judy Newell


Mexico Travel News

Baja California resort project canceled

Mexico’s government has withdrawn provisional permits for the development of Cabo Cortes, a massive resort planned for the southern tip of Baja California. According to reports, Mexico President Felipe Calderon said the developer couldn’t prove that the resort would not harm the Cabo Pulmo marine park and its protected coral reef. The developer, Madrid-based Hansa Urbana, had received initial permits to build a resort on 9,500 acres. There were plans for 15 hotels (about 30,000 guestrooms), two golf courses and a marina.

Delta invests US$65 million in Grupo Aeromexico

Delta Air Lines has invested US$65 million in Grupo Aeromexico, buying more than 30 million shares of stock that account for a little more than 4 percent of Grupo Aeromexico’s capital stock. The deal gives Delta a seat on the Aeromexico board of directors. This is the first time a global carrier has bought equity in a Mexican airline and the Mexican Federal Competition Commission approved the deal. This financial transaction is part of the global contract the carriers signed last year to create a unique alliance in Latin America. The long-term agreement will expand code-share flights. The carriers collectively offer 93 code-share destinations that represent 733 daily flights in eight countries. The carriers have also been working to improve and increase flight schedules in destinations such as New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Miami, with new daily service to Washington D.C. from Mexico City and new flights to Atlanta coming soon.

JW Marriott makes brand debut in Mexico City

Marriott International has opened the 221-room JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe. The hotel is located in the Santa Fe residential neighborhood. The hotel features two restaurants − Quattro, serving an Italian menu and Cua, an organic Mexican fine dining restaurant. The hotel will also feature a lobby bar, 24-hour room service, an executive lounge open 24 hours, fitness center and the Oriental Wellness Spa. The 221 rooms and suites will all include high-speed Internet, 42-inch plasma TV, alarm clock with iPod/iPad docking station, wireless telephone with voicemail, Nespresso coffee machine and aromatherapy bathroom amenities..

Airline News

United raises fee to US$100 for second checked bag on international flightss

United Airlines has raised the fee for a second checked bag on international flights from US$70 to US$100, though a first checked bag on those flights continues to be free. The move matches Delta Air Lines, which in January raised its fee to US$100. The charge applies to flights between North America and South America, Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. The fee change does not apply to flights to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central America. United currently charges US$25 for a first bag and US$35 for a second bag to go to a domestic destination or to those countries. United reportedly will see its revenue increase by US$30 million annually, due to the new charges. Other airlines, such as American and US Airways, are expected to follow American’s lead in increasing fees on second bags checked on international flights. Some observers say airlines may soon place a fee on first bags checked on trans-Atlantic routes.

Aeromexico’s new non-stop New York-Cancun service

Aeromexico launched non-stop services to Cancun from the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York effective July 1. The flight leaves New York daily at 7:10am and arrives in Cancun at 10:20am. The return flight departs Cancun at 5:25pm and arrives in New York at 10:10pm

Cruise News

American Safari offers early booking credit in Mexico

American Safari Cruises is offering travel credits of US$300 per couple in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés aboard the Safari Endeavour, the newest addition to the fleet. The 86-guest vessel will spend its first winter on weeklong Baja expeditions roundtrip from La Paz, Mexico. Transfers are included from either Los Cabos or La Paz airports.  Highlights include snorkeling with sea lions, water sports, and viewing dolphins and whales. Guests making a new reservation by September 30 will receive a US$300 travel credit per couple for travel November 2012 through April 2013. Cruise fares start at US$2,995 based on double occupancy. The inclusive cruise includes all from-the-yacht activities and equipment; transfers; meals; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; and all port charges, taxes and fees.

Deal of the Week –Unlimited golf in Cancun Palace Resorts’

Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun is offering a new Endless Golf promotion, which includes a three-night stay and unlimited golf at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort as well as Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts, two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses. Guests who stay four nights or longer will also receive a 50-minute massage at Le Blanc’s signature spa. Le Blanc’s Endless Golf offer is available for booking from May 14 to December 15, 2012, with a travel window between December 24, 2012, and December 23, 2013.

Sources: Travel Weekly, Travel Pulse

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys, named the #1 tour company by “Best of San Miguel de Allende 2011.” She will present “Travel Tuesdays,” a free seminar on travel topics, every other Tuesday. Contact Judy by email at

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