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Hola Mexico

Flip-flops, sunscreen & swimsuit…yes, I’m off to Mexico. I leave Wednesday for Puerto Vallarta, my first visit to this formerly sleepy fishing village. I’ll be one one of the first to walk through the doors of a new Riu, the Riu Palace Pacifico, located in Riviera Nayarit (Puerto Vallarta).

This Riu will offer 445 guestrooms, four specialty-themed restaurants, five bars and two conference rooms. The family-owned resort chain currently offers two hotels (1,250 rooms) in Puerto Vallarta. Riu Palace Pacifico will be the third RIU hotel in this Pacific coast resort city.

Also in 2008, Riu Hotels & Resorts will break ground in a new area of Mexico: the coastal resort town of Mazatlán. Hotel Riu Emerald Bay, a 5-star, all-inclusive, beachfront hotel will offer 716 suites, three specialty-themed restaurants, five bars and three conference rooms. The hotel will open in May 2009.

“We have invested in Mexico since 1997 and our guests want to explore more of this beautiful country,” stated Mr. Riu. Mexico, the top destination for RIU in terms of arrivals and revenue, is currently home to 13 Riu resorts, offering a total of 6,937 rooms. By the end of 2008, Riu will offer 14 hotels (7,382 rooms) in Mexico. By Spring 2009, RIU will offer 15 hotels with 8,098 rooms all in Mexico.

About Riu Hotels & Resorts
Riu Hotels and Resorts, a family owned business, was founded in 1953 in Mallorca, Spain. Ranked as the 27th largest hotel chain in the world by Hotels Magazine (2007), the company operates more than 100 hotels worldwide with 27 hotels in the Americas region. Worldwide, RIU employs 20,000 people in 17 countries on three continents, offers 35,000 rooms and serves 2.7 million guests annually. For more information about Riu Hotels & Resorts visit or contact your travel professional.

Adios Amigos, Diana is all about a 40-something,quasi-traveled chica exploring the world with shoes that fit the destination and adventure. : heels, flip-flops, golf shoes, biker boots, and sometimes barefeet. Come take the journey. Come find your shoes. Come travel with me. Diana Rowe, Denver-based travel writer,