BESLA Conference Moves to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

BESLA Panel Schedule (+ esuber edits 8-27-2014)Last month, several resorts in Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos, Mexico were damaged by Hurricane Odile, including the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, which sustained significant damage and is currently closed. The Los Cabos international airport also remains closed. The conference will now take place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico at THE Royal Playa del Carmen, Oct. 22-26, 2014. However, due to the size of the group, THE Royal has sold out of rooms.  BESLA is proud to announce the alternate resort, the “Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen”. The Gran Porto Real is the sister hotel to THE Royal and directly adjacent to THE Royal. THE Royal is adult only, and the Gran Porto Real offers both adult and family friendly accommodations. All guests will have full access to THE Royal and all of its restaurants and amenities. THE Royal and the Gran Porto Real offer BESLA Conference attendees an all-inclusive experience, including all-suite accommodation, fine dining and gourmet buffets, Wi-Fi Internet Access, Spa, beaches and pool access. To make a reservation at either property, please call 1-800-760-0944, and mention the “BESLA Group”. Hotel Reservations: If you have made reservations at the Hyatt, please cancel those reservations. Hotel operations are currently impacted by Hurricane Odile, so please keep that in mind as you contact the hotel. If you do not reach the hotel right away do not worry as we have confirmed that the hotel intends to cancel out all reservations. Please contact the hotel via phone at 1-800-323-7249 or 402-492-6465. Please check the BESLA website regularly  for further updates. Airline Tickets: If you have purchased airline tickets, please contact your airline as they should offer ticket refunds and/or waive fees for travelers affected by Hurricane Odile. We are contacting all of our registered conference attendees to re-book their travel. If you experience any problems with your airline, attached is formal notice from the hotel that should assist you in your communications with the airline. ProTravel International: If you need assistance in re-booking or booking your travel, please feel free to contact John Olmo of ProTravel International at 1-646-747-9309, or at, who can assist you in re-booking or booking your travel. For more information, or registration, visit