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Mex. resort: 3 free trips if you catch the flu

2009-05-19 06:17:12 GMT2009-05-19 14:17:12 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

An overall view of a nearly empty beach in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, Friday, May 1, 2009. While Mexico fights to contain a swine flu outbreak, the tourism industry is hurting nationwide. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Tourists sunbathe at a beach in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, Saturday, May 2, 2009. Mexican officials were cautiously optimistic Saturday that the worst of the swine flu epidemic is over for Mexico, with no new flu deaths reported overnight. But the virus keeps spreading around the world, with new cases confirmed in Europe and Asia, and some governments banning flights and preparing quarantines for travelers from Mexico. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Few tourists enjoy a nearly empty beach in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, Friday, May 1, 2009. While Mexico fights to contain a swine flu outbreak, the tourism industry is hurting nationwide. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have downgraded warnings about travel to Mexico but deals still abound to get tourists to come back.

Early on in the swine flu outbreak, the CDC urged people to avoid nonessential travel to that country, but that was changed May 15 to just a precaution for people at high risk of flu complications.

Meanwhile, a group of resorts in Mexico are so sure you won't get swine flu there that they're offering three free trips if you do.

"The 'Flu Free Guarantee' represents our certainty that Mexico is a safe and healthy destination," said spokesman Alex Zozaya.

The participating properties are Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets and Dreams Resorts & Spas, Azul Hotels by Karisma, El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma, and Real Resorts.

The resorts are located in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen.

George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com, says flights to Mexico are also on sale because of the swine flu scare.

"What we're finding is not just that fares are low, but that they're low for travel through next winter with no jacking up of prices for peak season, and that many routes now have no advance purchase requirement," he said. "Airlines are bending over backward for those making decisions at the last minute, as well as for those wishing to travel over the winter. They're doing this for obvious reasons — fill up those seats."

(Agencies)

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