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If you’re heading to Cancun from Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee or Seattle, you’re in luck. Southwest Airlines will launch new nonstop flights to Mexico’s most popular resort from the first three cities on Aug. 10, and Alaska Airlines will do likewise from Seattle on Nov. 6. The new flights come on the heels of Air Canada’s new nonstop service to Cancun from Montreal, debuted on March 22.

In other Cancun news, four hotels and three restaurants again won AAA Five Diamond awards: the Ritz Carlton Cancun (a recipient of the rating each year since 1996), the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonta (won consecutively since 2004), the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa (won consecutively since 2007) and the Le Blanc Spa Resort (won each year since 2010). Five Diamond ratings are awarded to only one-third of 1 percent of the more than 30,000 lodgings rated by AAA.

AAA awards Five Diamond ratings to restaurants that offer a world-class dining experience and score best in haute cuisine. The coveted award was recently given to these Cancun restaurants: The Club Grille (a winner each year since 1999), Fantino (since 2006) and Le Basilic (since 2007).

In sporting news, visitors are invited to check out two upcoming competitions to be held 20 miles down the powdery white sands from Cancun in the little town of Puerto Morelos. First, set for May 23-25, will be the city’s 5th Annual Sport Fishing Tournament. Then, on June 29, the city will host a Blackout Triathalon featuring a half-mile swim followed by a 12.5-mile bike race. After that will be a 3- mile foot race through the town.

Opened on a desolate beach at the tip of eastern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in 1975, Cancun today is one of the world’s top tourism destinations. The resort’s international airport hosts over 1,000 daily flight arrivals and departures.

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