Top-producing travel agents didn’t pull any punches when asked what they need to increase sales to Mexico even more. And their suggestions varied widely. Part three in our coverage of the new TMR survey.
After seven years at Ensemble and Exclusive Group Travel, Joe Jiffo has learned a few things about consortia and home-base agents that will serve him in good stead as MSC’s new EVP of Sales for North America. (But did he know that Mark Travel was buying EGT? Click here to find out.)
In ‘the capital of the Middle of the World, with spring weather all year round,’ new hotels, a new convention center and new partnerships bring UNESCO World Heritage Sites to a broader audience.
Mexico’s most important travel tradeshow kicked off the 42nd Edition of Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco with participants from nearly 1,000 companies from 87 different countries in a total of more than 31,000 business meetings. The event continues through March 30th at the exhibition hall of the Expo Mundo Imperial.
The host destination is taking advantage of the event to announce its repositioning as the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office reported one of the most successful winter seasons in the last few years.
One of the highlights of the event is the unveiling of XTASEA, the world’s largest over-the- ocean zip line, which debuted today. The new amenity spans over a mile long reaching 75 mph at an altitude of 328 feet crossing over the Bay of Puerto Marqués. XTASEA is one of 20 projects under the “Master Plan” by Grupo Autofin, one of Mexico’s most important investors, to take place in Acapulco.
Grupo Autofin’s “Master Plan” also includes renovations of the iconic Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial, as well as the following new developments: Spa Tlalli, Turtle Dunes Golf Clubhouse, Gourmet Beach, Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial, Hotel Marqués Boutique, Residences and Luxury Condominiums, Hotel Boutique Only You, Diamante Retirement Homes, Princess Medical Center, Premium Shopping Center, an eco-amusement park called Aventura Guerrero, a new tennis stadium, security towers, and Princess University. These projects are expected to be completed between 2017 and 2022 and will generate more than 10,000 new jobs.
Similarly, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Acapulco on Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue, began a $8.5 million-dollar renovation to be executed within the next two years.
According to the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office, the average hotel occupancy for the holiday period of December 20-31 was at 95 percent. Acapulco registered the highest occupancy on record in the past eight years with 98.1 percent on January 1. Interest for the destination was especially high during weekends and holidays as the destination averaged 80 percent over the Mexican holiday weekend of February 4-6 and 81 percent over the March 18-20 holiday, results higher than those from last year during the same weekends.
Mexico’s original beach destination, Acapulco is located in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, on the Pacific Coast. Situated on a deep bay with sunshine, balmy temperatures and warm seas year-round, its golden beaches are ideal for relaxing, swimming and enjoying an array of water sports, while the city itself offers history, culture and legendary glamour. The landmark Fort of San Diego dates to the colonial era, and the fully restored, star-shaped fortress, is home to the acclaimed Acapulco Historic Museum. La Quebrada is the place to watch Acapulco’s world-famous cliff divers, whose daring feats are as popular today as they were 82 years ago.
Perks include free nights.
Coming off a record year of welcoming 35 million international visitors, Mexico is seeing strong growth in a number of key segments among North American travelers, U.S. and Canadian travel agents report in a new survey by Travel Market Report.
After a long build-up in large chain resorts, smaller luxury properties are beginning to establish themselves in Mexico.
A new Travel Market Report survey shows North American travel to Mexico remains strong, political rhetoric notwithstanding.
AccorHotels is in talks with investment firm Edmond de Rothschild to buy Groupe Potel & Chabot, an upmarket conference and hospitality company that generates sales of about €100 million ($105 million).
"The combination of their knowledge with our leading positions in luxury hospitality, private rental and concierge services will provide our clients with unique services and expertise regarding tailor-made events," AccorHotels Deputy Chief Executive Sven Boinet said in a statement on Monday.
The deal would expand Accor’s already growing portfolio. The France-based hotel giant recently acquired FRHI Holdings, which owns the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel brands, for $2.7 billion.
The two leisure travel wholesalers will combine in the next two weeks.