December 01, 2001
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline

newsline.gif (8042 bytes)INTERNATIONAL FOCUS
The 1,019-room Fairmont Acapulco Princess recently opened Yuca, a dance club featuring Cuban salsa music. The hotel has pushed back the opening of its new spa from year-end to April 2002.

The Hyatt Regency Acapulco is the starting point for the new trolley service that stops at major hotels and tourist spots in town. Passengers can hop on and off for unlimited rides throughout the day; a ticket costs $6.50.

Cancun International Airport is set to wrap up a major remodeling and expansion project, including the addition of new gates as well as a customs and immigration area, by year-end.

The 402-room Sofitel Cancun is now under construction. With 12,000 square feet of meeting space and three restaurants, the hotel is scheduled to open in November 2002.

An 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is currently under construction. The first nine holes should be open for play in February, and the entire course by year-end 2002.

Work begins in January on Port of Cancun at Xcaret, a $40 million project funded by Carnival Corp. and Parque Xcaret. The cruise port should open in early 2003.

The second phase of a $5.5 million renovation at the 205-room Camino Real Hotel will wrap up by April 2002. A fresh look is in store for all guest rooms, meeting rooms, restaurants, lobbies and common areas.

City officials are mulling plans to expand Cintermex, the convention and exhibition center. Details should be approved by early next year.

Los Cabos
A new luxury resort in the Cabo Real area, Las Casitas Marquis Los Cabos, is set to open in December 2002, with 210 suites and 30 casitas.

Mexico City
The Mexico City Convention and Visitors Bureau has released an interactive CD-ROM with information on convention facilities, hotels, attractions, shopping and restaurants. The disk is available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

The 203-room Fiesta Americana Grand Chapultepec opened in August, looming 24 stories over leafy Chapultepec Park.

Benito Juarez International Airport has added new safety measures such as increased checkpoints and multiple screenings of all carry-on luggage. These new steps surpass those required by the FAA and not everyone is happy about it. Some travelers are complaining they are screened as many as six times before boarding.

The current airport eventually will be replaced by a new $2.5 billion international airport 21 miles east of Mexico City, on the dry lake bed of Texcoco. Work is to begin by late 2002, with opening targeted for 2006.

The 208-room Marquis Reforma Hotel is adding two new function rooms, hosting up to 800 and 1,000, respectively, by June 2002. A new full-service spa should be open by September 2002.

The 490-room MeliĆ” Mexico Reforma just completed a $6 million upgrade. The hotel added eight meeting rooms and refurnished the lobby, guest rooms and meeting rooms.

The 457-room Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center is opening in March 2002. Minutes from the downtown Historic Center, the property will feature a convention center for up to 6,000 people, a full-service spa, a rooftop garden and three restaurants.

The 121-room Four Points by Sheraton Monterrey Airport is under construction next to the Monterrey airport. The property should open by year-end 2002.

Compiled by Eric Enright and Cheryl-Anne Sturken

IEl Tamarindo, a half-hour drive north of Manzanillo and three hours south of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast, began offering guests personal butler service in November. The resort, which features 28 individual palapas (thatched huts) and an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and David Fleming, is one of three historic Mexican haciendas Starwood Hotels & Resorts added to its luxury brand in February 2001. (011) 52-3-351-5032;

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