Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico Extends Half Off Promotion

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Due to popular demand, the Loreto Visitors Bureau, the tourism promotion organization for Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico (http://www.ExperienceLoretoBaja.com), has extended the destination's first cooperative buy one, get one free promotion, originally for travel through January and now through February 28, 2009. Throughout the month of February, every time a Loreto, Baja Sur visitor pays for one night, one meal or one activity at a participating hotel, restaurant, car rental or tour operator, the Loreto Visitors Bureau will pick up the second night, meal or activity, respectively. Additionally, guests who booked a vacation package through Alaska Airlines Vacations will receive a 15% discount when purchased online at http://www.alaskaair.com/vacations and will earn 1,500 mileage plan bonus miles per person in addition to miles flown.

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In essence, every visitor during the month of February will receive every other travel purchase for free, courtesy of the Loreto Visitors Bureau

Due to popular demand, the Loreto Visitors Bureau, the tourism promotion organization for Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico (Loreto Visitors Bureau), has extended the destination's first cooperative buy one, get one free promotion, originally for travel through January and now through February 28, 2009. Throughout the month of February, every time a Loreto, Baja Sur visitor pays for one night, one meal or one activity at a participating hotel, restaurant, car rental or tour operator, the Loreto Visitors Bureau will pick up the second night, meal or activity, respectively. Additionally, guests who booked a vacation package through Alaska Airlines Vacations will receive a 15% discount when purchased online at Alaska Airlines Vacations and will earn 1,500 mileage plan bonus miles per person in addition to miles flown.

This promotion is the new Bureau's invitation to discover one of Mexico's most charming and intriguing destinations. "In essence, every visitor during the month of February will receive every other travel purchase for free, courtesy of the Loreto Visitors Bureau," said James Spano, the bureau's Chairman. "We put together this program as a collective 'thank you' from the community and as a way to make discovering our destination and its many offerings more affordable. Even during this difficult economic period, travelers should not have to put their plans on hold, and what better way to help visitors than with a program that cuts their travel and vacationing costs in half." The Loreto Visitor Bureau was formed in November 2008 to serve as the tourism promotion organization with the mission of promoting Loreto, Baja Sur as a natural, historical destination with an abundance of eco-tourism related activities.

Nestled in between the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and the sparkling Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Loreto, Baja Sur features 155 miles of breathtaking coastline, 456 square miles of sparkling sea and five remote islands: Coronado, Del Carmen, Danzante, Monserrat and Santa Catalina, which further enhance the awe-inspiring, panoramic seascape seen from Loreto, Baja Sur's shore. The Sea of Cortez, once dubbed "the world's aquarium" by Jacques Cousteau, offers a diverse range of water-related activities, including world famous whale and turtle watching, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and sport fishing. Land lovers, however, can enjoy island hiking, mule trekking, visiting ancient cave paintings, watching local artisans at work and just admiring Loreto's charming town and hassle free markets where visitors can feel safe to stroll the most remote corners of town or the entire length of the Malecon.

Accommodations in Loreto, Baja Sur are available in a variety of full-service hotels, charming inns and privately owned one- and two-bedroom condominium and villa residences. Conveniently located just ninety minutes from Los Angeles, the Loreto International Airport is only three miles from town.

Guests may book their stay directly with any of the following participating hotels and then arrange their meals, tours and activities through their hotel's concierge:

Discover the unique beauty and water sport paradise of Loreto, Baja Sur, and plan to stay at Hacienda Suites, the newest hotel in town, offering a truly "hacienda ambiance" at prices that can't be beat! Room rates start at US$95, and every second night is free when you book your stay for seven nights or longer during February 2009. To begin planning, visit Hacienda Suites Loreto, call toll free 1-866-207-8732 or dial direct (52) 613-135-0202.

Embraced by the tranquility of the Sea of Cortez and the majesty of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, Hotel Tripui is an extraordinary place to enjoy nature. Located 17 miles south of Loreto inside the Loreto Bay National Marine Park at Puerto Escondido Bay, the hotel features 16 rooms, a swimming pool, spa and meeting facility as well as a dry marina and ramp for boaters. During February 2009, every second night is free when you book a stay for seven nights or greater. To begin planning, visit Hotel Tripui Loreto, call 011 52 613 133 0818 or email tripuivacation@hotmail.com.

Loreto Bay Resort is an 8,000-acre, seaside community offering nightly rentals in private one-, two- and three-bedroom villa homes. Designed to embrace the distinct heritage of the Baja region, each home, with square footage ranging from approximately 1,200 to 5,000, is furnished with carefully selected fixtures, appliances and décor that blend modern luxuries with Old World beauty and charm. One-bedroom villas start at $199 per night with every second night free during any seven-night-minimum stay throughout February 2009. To begin planning, visit Loreto Bay Resort or call 1-877-522-9466.

La Mision Loreto Hotel is an intimate, elegant boutique resort with a contemporary Mexican hacienda-style that evokes the old mission flavors of the Baja Peninsula. As you walk into the hotel's captivating lobby, you begin your journey of a truly luxurious experience, found only at La Mision Hotel, located in the heart of Loreto with spectacular views of Sea of Cortez.
Room rates start at US$190, plus tax, with every second night free when you book your stay for seven nights or longer during February 2009. To begin planning, visit La Mision Hotel Loreto, call 1-877-53LAMISION or email reservations at lamisionloreto dot com.

Oasis Hotel provides a tradition of hospitality in Loreto since 1962. Its private beach and tropical gardens, sparkling swimming pool and stunning oceanfront rooms provide a tropical and regional style, creating a true oasis. Room rates start at US$135, and every second night is free when you book your stay for seven nights or greater during February 2009. To begin planning, visit Oasis Hotel Loreto or call 1-866-482-0247.

Alaska Airlines Vacations is also pleased to participate in this one of-a-kind promotion by offering 15% off Loreto vacation packages when purchased online at Alaska Airlines Vacations. Alaska Airlines will also offer an additional 1,500 mileage plan bonus miles per person in addition to miles flown. Simply enter promo code ASGOLORETO to receive your discount, taken before taxes. Book by February 25, 2009, and travel before February 28, 2009. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air offer non-stop flights from Los Angles to Loreto four times a week. Contact your preferred travel agent for other Loreto vacation packages.

This promotion is valid for future booking only and is not valid with any other discount offers.

About Loreto
Loreto is located on the western shore of the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, the first of the California missions and the 300-year-old jewel of Loreto. Visitors to Loreto can enjoy whale watching, turtle watching, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, exploring cave paintings, watching local artisans at work, and enjoying plenty of sunshine. Accommodations are available in a variety of full-service hotels, charming inns, and privately owned one- and two-bedroom condominium residences.

About the Loreto Visitors Bureau - Loreto Visitors Bureau
Comprised of hoteliers, developers and other travel entities, the Loreto Visitors Bureau was formed to serve as the tourism promotion organization for Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico. Co-founders include the Villa Group, represented by Owen Perry (Villa Group); the JW Marriott Residences Loreto, represented by Jim Spano (JW Marriott Residences Loreto); Mission Loreto, represented by Scott Serven (La Mision Loreto); Loreto Bay, represented by Michael Coyle (Loreto Bay Resort); and Fideicomiso de Loreto, represented by the president of the Hotel Association of Loreto (Hotel Association of Loreto).

Co-founder logos are available here until February 23, 2009.

A full list of promotion participants is available upon request.

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