Fernanda Rosas from
the Mexico Tourist Board in YUL
Dave Cecco of WestJet
This winter WestJet will provide the opportunity to escape
from 25 Canadian airports to 13 destinations in Mexico – including Merida from
Toronto eff. 15DEC. The Mexico Tourist Board and WestJet Vacations gave a
coterie of industry stalwarts the details on their newest destination last week
at the Boiler House Loft in Toronto’s Distillery District.
WSV’s Director of Product Dave Cecco told the crowd that he
and his family had recently returned from Merida and that he considers it to be
“the best gem in Mexico”. And, that is saying something considering the breadth
of knowledge Dave has on the market. He says that although Merida is well known
to snow birds (Canadians have quite the community in the city with their own
preferred gathering points) it remains a secret to the main stream market.
But, not for long…
WestJet is offering 4 city hotels in Merida for those
enticed by the Yucatan city’s celebrated culture, history, gastronomy and
archeology. But, for sun seekers, there are also lovely beaches just 40 min.
outside the city.
WestJet Vacations is offering the 3 ½ star Reef Yucatan
which sounds like a great value with prices starting at $949 + the minimal WSV
taxes & fees of $140. Dave says the resort offers something that many other
all inclusive find elusive… “It brings a relaxed casual vibe combined with
Yucatecan hospitality along miles of coastline.” That coastline is the natural
habitat of hundreds of flamingoes and the destination also provides the
opportunity to swim in cenotes as well as to visit uncrowded archeological
sites. There are also plenty of activities offered including tennis, mini golf
and a kids club.
Beach and city packages can be sold separately or combined
to offer a great combo of relaxation and city exploration.
The Reef Yucatan sounds like a good call for your golfing
clients since WestJet has an exclusive deal with the private Yucatan Country
Club featuring an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus course. WestJet Vacations guests can
buy a round of golf for USD80 during a 7 night stay – compared to the regular
rate of $250 per round.