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TRAVEL The wide range of water sports in Los Cabos is spectacular, whether you’re looking for excitement or relaxation Mexıco Marvelous With prices low, there has never been a better time to book high-end incentive destinations like Los Cabos and Cancun By Leo Jakobson hile 2009 has been shaping up to be a bad year for incentive travel in general, the combination of resortshy planners, thanks to the AIG Effect, and reports of drug-related violence has been a “double whammy” for Mexico’s incentive destinations, says Ella Messerli, vice president of marketing for the Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau. And yet, Los Cabos, which along with Cancun gets the lion’s share of Mexico’s incentive group travel business, is weathering the storm well, Messerli says. “Bookings are flat, which is a good accomplishment right now,” she says, noting that occupancy rates were actually up 3 percent in February, W the month that the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert over drug gang violence along the Mexico-U.S. border. In the short term, there is a triple whammy, as the swine flu epidemic that originated in Mexico in late April caused incenitves, meetings and many other public gatherings to be cancelled. [See story, p. 8] One reason drug violence has had minimal effect is the map, Messerli says, noting that Los Cabos, at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula, “is 1,000 miles from the problem areas, and we have never had security problems”—a point other Mexican incentive destinations can also make. That is roughly what Phil Mullins, president of Deerfield, Ill.-based incentive travel management company Windward | May 2009 | Incentive | 45

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Incentive - May 2009

Incentive - May 2009
Editor’s Note
Cover Story
Incentive House Roundtable
Incentive Strategies
Travel News
Up and Coming Destinations
Florida Beaches
Marvelous Mexico
Size and Style Matter in Luggage, Leather
Dining Gift Cards
Gift Cards Aid Archdiocese’s Wellness

Incentive - May 2009