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By Judy Newell

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New World Heritage Site

The Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque canal system, built between 1553 and 1570 on the Central Mexican Plateau, was recognized by UNESCO for its intertwining of two different cultural influences: The European method of Roman hydraulics and traditional indigenous and Aztec building techniques, including the use of adobe.

Franciscan friar Francisco de Tembleque, who wanted to develop a dependable source of drinking water, planned the aqueduct and has it built by the native peoples. It towers over the ravines, towns, and farmlands for 28 miles on its way from the Tecajete hillside to the town of Otumba.

Rotary Cup Golf Tournament in Puerto Vallarta

The Riviera Nayarit is famed for its golf tournaments —many with a social conscience. The 7th Annual Rotary Cup Golf Tournament, which takes place on Saturday, October 24 at the Flamingos Golf Club, will benefit the community of Banderas Bay. The funds raised will be used towards an eye surgery campaign for local inhabitants.

The organizers are the Banderas Bay Rotary Club and the Careaga Foundation, with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are 120 players expected and the format will be the Scramble with Men’s and mixed divisions. The first prize will be a late-model SUV for the hole-in-one and other prizes for the best O’Yes shots in every category. The registration cost is 1,300 pesos for early birds and 1,500 pesos on the day of the event.

New luxury resort near Tulum

On November 1, Karisma Hotels and Resorts will raise the bar on luxury with the debut of El Dorado Seaside Suites near Tulum. Its 192 accommodations will include oceanfront infinity Jacuzzi suites and oceanfront swim-up Jacuzzi suites with pools on private terraces or balconies. Accommodations will also feature swiveling circular sofas and outdoor day beds.

The adults-only resort’s first floor will include swim-up suites with direct access to the main swimming pool and swim-up bar. The second to sixth floors will house the infinity suites with pools. In all, the all-inclusive resort will be equipped with 20 food and beverage outlets, plus bars and lounges. The resort’s N’aay Spa will be the largest be the largest spa facility in the Riviera Maya and a sky deck with panoramic views will serve as the venue for weddings and events.

The resort is offering rates starting at US$340 per person per night oceanfront infinity Jacuzzi suites or US$407 per person per night for oceanfront swim-up Jacuzzi suites for stays between November 1 and December 22. Guests who book immediately are eligible for a promotion featuring savings of 48 percent off rates.

International News

Hilton will no longer offer on-demand porn

Hilton is no longer one of the “Dirty Dozen.” After US National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) listed Hilton Hotels and Resorts as one of the “12 leading contributors of sexual exploitation” in January, Hilton Worldwide recently announced that it will be phasing out pornographic on-demand content at all of its hotels across the world.

NCOSE declared in January that Hilton Hotels and Resorts—Hilton’s flagship brand — profited from sexual exploitation by providing “hardcore pornography movie choices” to guests, “with themes that include: children, incest, rape, sexual slavery and extreme violence.”

A statement from Hilton Worldwide read, in part: “We have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.”

Hilton now joins major hospitality brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Omni, Drury and Nordic Choice Hotels that do not offer pornographic content at any of their hotels.

Air News

American to operate Cuba charters from Los Ángeles

American Airlines will launch weekly charter service from Los Angeles to Havana, effective December 12. The flight will provide travelers the only nonstop service connecting the West Coast to Cuba since travel restrictions were eased.

The charter service will be sold by Cuba Travel Services, a company authorized by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. With this addition, American will offer 22 weekly flights from Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles to five destinations in the country: Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguin and Santa Clara. This year, American will operate approximately 1,200 charter flights to Cuba, more than any other airline.

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Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys that specializes in crafting personalized cruise and land itineraries for couples, singles, families and small groups. She designs trips that are carefully tailored to suit client’s interests, ability and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111-8765; Vonage 949 300-3682; email or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.


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