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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Hyatt unveils new all-inclusive brands in Mexico

Hyatt Hotels recently launched two new brands exclusively focused for the all-inclusive market. At the Hyatt Ziva Resort located in Los Cabos, guests of all ages can partake in the beauty of local culture and authentic culinary delights.

The Hyatt Zilara Resort in Cancun is an adult-only that allows guests to relax in a carefree, sophisticated setting and offers a calendar full of activities for guests to explore their surroundings.

International News

Hot cars and a historic estate in Sussex

The Goodwood Estate, located in the sumptuous countryside of Sussex (about 90 minutes southeast of London), is an ideal area to tour in a fine car.

Home to the Dukes of Richmond for more than three centuries, the Goodwood Estate pays homage to the ninth Duke’s love of motor racing by offering guests a chance to hire a classic sports car, including an E-Type Jag or an Austin Healey (both James Bond favorites) or maybe a Rolls Royce.

The ninth Duke built a motor racing track on the grounds and guests can also opt to try out cars on a professional track. Prices begin at £55 to test cars on the track.

Gleneagles readies for the Ryder Cup

The 40th Ryder Cup is coming to Scotland’s Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course on September 26-28, 2014. VisitScotland believes the event will bring 250,000 visitors (10 percent of them American) to Gleneagles.

The Scots are investing about 10 million pounds in promoting the event. They can count on millions of viewers to watch the Ryder Cup in which American pros play a European team. In December, Glasgow will also host the Duel in the Pool, a Ryder Cup-style swimming event pitting European swimmers against US swimmers.

The course underwent an extensive set of improvements under the directions of its original designer, Jack Nicklaus. Over 50,000 tons of earth was moved, 30,000 square meters of turf laid and 1,000 tons of new sand used in the bunkers. And the Gleneagles Resort just completed a US$1.6 million renovation.

Cruise News

American Cruise Lines introduces Mardi Gras cruise

American Cruise Lines is offering a new theme cruise during the week of Mardi Gras, departing March 1 from New Orleans. The cruise includes a complimentary pre-cruise package with a two-night stay in New Orleans aboard the Queen of the Mississippi before the sailing, mask making and a Fat Tuesday celebration onboard the ship, and dinner at Antoine’s. The trip will offer exclusive tours, including a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Mardi Gras World and a float-building demonstration.

Air News

Emirates Airlines launches world’s longest flight

For those of you who love flying the friendly skies, Emirates Airlines has just the ticket for you.

The Dubai-based airline made history by launching the longest flight on the planet. The daily service—which runs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Expo 2020 host city Dubai—lasts 16 hours 20 minutes.

The 489-seat A380 has 399 economy-class seats, 76 business-class beds and 14 first-class private suites. All passengers receive WiFi, up to 1,500 channels of on-demand widescreen entertainment, and gourmet meals.

First and business-class travelers receive a complimentary chauffeur-driven transportation service to and from the airport and access to 35 Emirates lounges throughout its world network. Oh yeah, they also have access to an on-board shower spa.

The double-decker aircraft also offers a lounge, wines selected by sommeliers and hors d’oeuvres and 5-star delicacies prepared by some of the world’s top chefs to the upper-deck premium passengers.

Aeromexico’s new flights

Aeromexico announced the beginning of its new seasonal service between Fresno and Morelia, and Sacramento and Bajio/Leon, as of December 17, 2013. The schedules for the new flights are as follows:

Morelia-Fresno *

7:30am, 9:57pm, 12:11am, Tuesdays

Fresno-Morelia *

7:31, 1:26am, 7:04am, Wednesdays


6:30am, 10:30pm, 12:35am, Tuesdays


6:31am, 1:35am, 7:15am, Wednesdays

*Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys, which specializes in custom-designed independent tours, cruises and travel for singles, couples and friends. Perfect Journey’s small group tours for 2014 include Paris and Normandy, a Seine River cruise departing May 7 and Argentina and Chile for Wine Lovers in October. Contact Judy by cell phone at 415-111-8765, by email at, or view the latest travel specials on the website

Deal of the Week

Ryder Cup golf at Gleneagles

Gleneagles Resort is offering the Ryder Cup Celebration Golf Break including luxury accommodations at Gleneagles, Scottish breakfast daily, a round of golf per person on either the PGA Centenary Course, the King’s course or the Queen’s course and more. It’s priced from £470 (US$741) per room, per night, based on double occupancy through March 31


Sources: MLT Vacations, Travel Pulse, Travel Industry Wire


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