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~Resort Well Positioned to Welcome North American Travelers Despite Economy Woes~


SAN DIEGO (March 3, 2008) –  According to experts, the cost of gas at the pump, healthcare costs and personal debt are some of the top reasons that Americans may alter but not cancel plans to travel this year.  With economic woes at home coupled with a weakening dollar, travelers are choosing destinations closer to home where their dollar goes further. According to Christine Hamblin, vice president of sales and marketing for American Property Hospitality Management (APHM), many of its resort properties, including Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa, are well positioned, offering luxurious and culturally rich vacations without the high price tags. 


“Value is the key element which will steer the [travel] industry through this tumultuous time,” Hamblin said.  “Americans want to travel.  They feel it is their right and while they may be watching their pocketbooks carefully this year, they are willing to open them provided they are confident that they are receiving the greatest return for their money.  It’s about value, value, value.”


Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa, an APHM resort located in the Mayan Riviera region, is perfectly poised to welcome North American travelers.  Despite current economic concerns, travelers can still enjoy a luxurious stay through the resort’s personalized packages.  These packages make it possible for guests to indulge in the facilities and services specific to their needs, rather than paying a higher daily rate for miscellaneous items they will not use.  “Value is not about discounting. It’s about customizing packages so that guests can experience the vacation of their dreams, one which touches upon their own individual needs, without the hefty price tag,” Hamblin added.  “When you care enough to make sure that your guests are enjoying what is most important to them – then value becomes the luxury.” 


With rates starting at just $179 from April to December, guests of Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa can explore ancient ruins and ecological parks just minutes away, savor mouth watering cuisine at three gourmet dining options and enjoy close proximity to downtown shopping and nightlife – all without crossing the Atlantic.  Additionally, with non-stop flights from multiple U.S. cities, Cancun provides North American travelers with a culturally rich, out-of-country vacation experience that is still close to home and where the US dollar still gains a ten to one exchange.



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About Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa:

Combining European charm with gallant Mayan architecture, Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa is surrounded by the tranquil blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupte. With 213 residential-style rooms, three gourmet dining options, an award-winning Spa Del Mar, a magnificent three-tiered cascading pool and close proximity to downtown nightlife and historic attractions, Le Méridien Cancun entices all five senses for a luxurious, culturally enriching stay. For reservations, or for information, call 1-800-543-4300 or book online through

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