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INTERNATIONAL FOCUSMEXICO CITY
The 1,019-room Fairmont Acapulco Princess
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
The 490-room Meliá 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
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.
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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; www.starwoodhotels.com
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