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Pack a dryer sheet in your suitcase for long flights - this helps to eliminate that musty "airplane odor" and you'll have a "just washed" air to your clothes when you unpack.

Experience the Tortuga Liberation!
Every year hundreds of baby Green Sea Turtles emerge from the sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera and head into the vast ocean.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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Airport Code

Three-letter codes used to identify airports.


Services and extras offered by a travel supplier.

APEX ("Advance Purchase Excursion") Fare

Generally the lowest and most heavily restricted airfare.

ARC (Airlines Reporting Corp.)

Airline-owned corporation which accredits travel agents and sets regulation governing airline-agency relations.

Back-to-Back Ticketing

Booking two overlapping round trips with opposite origin and destination points, where both bookings meet restrictions required to obtain a discount fare (such as a Saturday-night stayover); then using one segment from each round trip for each direction of a single journey in order to get a lower overall fare.

Baggage Check

Official receipt issued by a carrier for luggage.

Baggage Tag

Personal identification that must be attached to luggage checked by an airline.

Base Fare/Rate

Price of a travel service before taxes and add-on charges.

Blackout Periods

Days or periods of high demand when special rates are not in effect.

Boarding Pass

A card given to a traveler indicating the seat assignment.


Practice of removing confirmed passengers from overbooked flights.


Company that transports passengers or freight.

Capacity Controlled

Limitation on number of airline seats, hotel rooms, or rental cars available under a particular rate or promotional offer.

Car Class

Size and type of rental car. Classes differ from vendor to vendor, and are stated usually as economy, mid-size, full-size, luxury, and specialty.

Car Rental Agreement

Contract between car rental vendor and customer.


Unchecked baggage.


Aircraft, motorcoach, or other mode of transportation reserved entirely for use by a group.

City Pair

Origin and destination points of a flight segment.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

Daily insurance fee paid by a car renter to cover liability for accident damages to a rented car.


Percentage of sale price that vendors pay to travel agencies for selling their services.

Commuter Carrier

Regional airline operating from small locales to larger cities, often under an affiliate relationship with a major carrier.

Companion Fare

Promotional airfare whereby a second ticket may be purchased at a discount, provided two people are traveling together.

Comp Rooms

Complimentary rooms which a lodging facility provides without charge based on total number of sleeping rooms occupied by a group.


Individual in a hotel responsible for attending to guests’ special needs and services.


Reservation, acknowledged orally or in writing, verifying a booking has been accepted. Most confirmations are subject to certain conditions.

Connecting Flight

Flight on which passenger must change aircraft at some point, referred to as the Connecting Point.


Business that buys international tickets at deep discounts from airlines seating inventory that is expected to remain unsold. Consolidators resell tickets at a markup to travel agencies or travelers directly. (Travelers should understand terms for repayment are not favorable, should a consolidator cancel a flight. If you have not done business with a particular consolidator in the past, purchasing trip insurance may be a worthwhile option.)

Corporate Rate

Discount rate available to traveling business men and women, customarily 10% below rack (standard) rates.


Part of an airline ticket. The flight coupon is surrendered by the passenger at check-in. Coupons contain the formal contract of carriage.

Courtesy Vehicle

Van or bus which an off-airport vendor uses to pick up customers at the airport.

CRS (Computerized Reservation System)

Interactive electronic system linking individual travel agencies to a central, airline-owned computer.

CTC (Certified Travel Counselor)

Designation of professional competence attesting to a travel agent’s successful completion of a study program developed and administered by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents.

Denied Boarding Compensation

Compensation (money, free flight, or hotel accommodations) provided to an involuntarily bumped airline passenger with a confirmed reservation.

Direct Flight

Flight not requiring a passenger to change planes, though it may make stops.

Discount Fares

Short-term promotional fares or other discounted fares of varied duration.


Hotel room with one double bed, or sometimes a room designed to accommodate two people.


Hotel room with two double beds.

Drop Off Charges

Fees assessed when a traveler picks up a rental car in one location and drops it off in another.

Excursion Fare

Round-trip fare with restrictions such as minimum and maximum stays or advance-purchase requirements.

Extended Stay

Generally, a hotel stay of seven or more nights.

Fare basis

Conditions, including service class and ticketing provisions, that determine a fare. Fare basis is designated by identifying letters and/or numbers on a ticket.

Fee-Based Pricing

Compensation to a travel agency by corporate clients from commission revenues generated by the corporations business.

Flat Rate

Specific room rate negotiated by a group and a hotel.


Written or electronic record of hotel guest’s account of financial transactions within the property.

Frequent Flyer Program

Airline club in which members accrue points or miles for trips taken, usually redeemable for free travel.

Fuel Charge

Amount charged if car renter does not fill the car’s gas tank.


Designated area in airport terminal where passengers for a specific flight board or deplane the aircraft.


Gift, usually money, given in return for service.

Group Rate

Room rate charged by a hotel for a group of 10 or more guests.

Guaranteed Reservation

Advance hotel booking where payment is guaranteed even if traveler does not arrive. Room will be held all night for a late-arriving guest.

Hospitality Room

Room used for entertaining.


Airport at which an airline has major operations and connecting flights to smaller destinations.

Joint Fare

Special fare for travel on two or more airlines to a destination.

Last-Room Availability

Electronic reservation system that provides users with current information about a hotel’s available inventory.

Last-Seat Availability

Similar to Last-Room Availability, but applicable to airline seat availability.

Liability Coverage

Insurance protection against injury and damage claims by third parties, available as option for car rentals.

Limited Availability

Limited number of reservations accepted for a certain advertised rate or special offer.

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Variation of Collision Damage Waiver employed by some car rental vendors. Renters are advised to buy LDW to avoid liability for collision, theft, vandalism, loss of car, and other noncollision damages.

Lowest Fare Guarantee

Travel agency’s promise to provide clients the lowest fare available when reservation is confirmed.

Lowest Logical Airfare

Lowest airfare found within the parameters of a corporation’s travel policy.

Management Report

Data summary (from travel agencies, travel suppliers, and/or credit-card vendors) documenting usage patterns for air travel, hotel stays, or car rental.

Meet and Greet

Service that meets and assists clients upon arrival in a city.

Meeting Fare

Negotiated airline discounts, typically for 10 or more persons traveling to the same event.

Meeting Rate

Negotiated hotel rate offered to a meeting’s attendees.

Mileage Allowance/Mileage Cap

Number of miles a rented car is driven beyond the mileage allowance.

Mileage Charge

Charge assessed for each mile a rental car is driven beyond an established threshold.


Hotel room cabinet containing snacks and refrigerated beverages. Items consumed are charged to hotel bill.

Net Fare or Net Rate

Price or fare for a travel service, less an agents commission and without tax.

No Show

Passenger or hotel guest who fails to cancel a reservation not used.

Open Ticket

Ticket that is valid for transportation between certain points but indicates no specific reservation.


Practice of confirming more seats or rooms than are available, in order to protect against no-shows.


Additional commission paid to agents as a bonus for productivity and/or volume.


Tickets or services bundled together and sold at single all-inclusive price.

Prepaid Ticket

Ticketing method in which a person or company purchases an airline ticket in one location for a traveler in another. The traveler picks up the prepaid ticket from the airline ticket counter.


Detailed information about a traveler’s personal preferences kept on file by a travel supplier.

Rack Rate

Official posted rate for a hotel room, published airfares, or noncontracted car rental rates.

Rate Desk

Airline or travel agency department that constructs fares for complicated itineraries, usually international.

Revenue Sharing

Travel agency rebate of commission revenue received on a corporation’s bookings.

Room Tax

State or local tax imposed on hotel room charges.


Leg or identifiable portion of a route traveled, usually stated in terms of originating and terminating cities.

Soft-Dollar Savings

Savings on travel realized through cost avoidance, such as rate discounts or free upgrades.

Split Ticketing

Issuing two one-way tickets instead of a round-trip ticket, usually for purpose of obtaining a lower fare.


Class of air passengers who hold tickets that do not allow for advanced reservations (standby fares), or are waiting for available seats.


Low discount airfare available with heavy restrictions.


Assessment by vendor or governmental entity in addition to published price or contracted rate.

Travel Advisory

Official warning or cautionary statement from the US State Department regarding travel to a particular area.

Unlimited Mileage

Ability to drive a rented car an unlimited number of miles without paying an additional mileage charge.


List of travelers waiting for people to cancel reservations for a flight that is sold out.

Window of Convenience

Two hours on either side of ideal departure or arrival time.

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years,female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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