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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  Mar 06, 2008

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires registered high levels of occupancy in January and February
Hotel occupancy continues to register very high levels in Buenos Aires. According to a report from Ente Turimso of Buenos Aires, January’s average reached 67 percent in all categories, while in February levels were even higher and reached an average of 70 percent.

Iguazu will have another 5-star hotel
Iguazu will have another 5-star hotel complex due to the occupancy permit granted by the provincial government to the Cristal Towers Developers company.

International flights increase from domestic airports
During 2007, more than eight million people traveled on international flights to and from Argentina, of which one million entered and exited directly through the domestic airports of the country; this represented an increase of 10 percent with respect to the previous year.

Aerolineas Argentinas has two A320/200 for Lima and Rio de Janeiro
Following the arrival of the first two A320/200, Aerolineas Argentinas awaits the third for March 30th, forming part of an initial package of six aircraft expected for this year, four of which will be included in the fleet during the first semester. The cities that will benefit from the incorporation of the A320 will be Lima and Rio de Janeiro.

Change of airport Terminal of Ezeiza
Aerolineas Argentinas changed terminals in the Ezeiza International Airport, moving from Terminal A to Terminal B. The assigned counters for check-in are 201 to 222.

BRAZIL
ANAC releases airfare to South American countries
As of March 1st, new fare regulations that will contribute to the reduction of ticket fares to other South American countries came into effect. The so-called “gradual release of fares” will, in principle, only benefit destinations in South America.

Sao Paolo will expand airport
The expansion works of Viracopos will enable this terminal to attend up to 90 million passengers per year.

VRG signed an agreement with Iberia and KLM
VRG signed shared code agreements with Iberia and KLM, enabling passengers of the new Varig to purchase tickets in Brazil to all destinations operated from Europe by Iberia and KLM. Meanwhile, Iberia and KLM’s passengers will be able to purchase tickets for all flights operated by Varig from Brazil.

GOL Sales via internet during 2007 increased by 15%
GOL announced that it closed 2007 with a strong increase in its internet sales, with an increase of 15 percent in its sales at www.voeqol.com.br

CHILE
Santiago, main destination for foreign tourists this summer
Santiago and its outskirts was the main touristic destination for foreigners who visited Chile this summer, representing 46.8 percent of preferred sites. In second place were Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. In this 2008 season, 750,000 tourists came from abroad, representing an increase of 13.6 percent with respect to the 2007 season. The obtained earnings amounted to US$ 417 million with an increase of 11 percent.

Spanish chain Vik will construct luxury hotel
Next summer the Spanish chain Vik will open its first luxury hotel in the framework of a program of aggressive internationalization which includes the purchase of two establishments in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and the construction of another two in Punta del Este, Uruguay. These luxurious boutique hotels are directed at a public with a high spending power, who are prepared to pay more than US$ 1,000 per night. The Chilean hotel will be called Vik Bodega and will be in Millahue, in the VI Region. It will have only 22 rooms.

PERU
In 2007, passenger flow surpassed 11 million
According to Corpac, 11,244,571 domestic and international passengers moved through different airports last year, Jorge Chavez of Lima being the one which handled the most movement with 7,119,270 passengers. This is two million more than in 2006.

Inauguration of VIP area in Cusco airport
The Alejandro Velasco Astete international airport now has a modern and comfortable VIP departure lounge, including a cafeteria, a bar, Internet service, and a sales stand, among other services.

Lan Peru intends to increase offer during 2008
The general manager of Lan Peru announced investments for this year of US$130 million; the purchase of 4 new aircraft, new routes and an offer increase of 40 percent.

Miraflores Park Hotel “Best of Latin America”
In its January-February edition, “Latin Trade” magazine published the results of its annual survey, “Best of Latin America.” In the hotel category, the Miraflores Park Hotel was honored for the excellence of its service.

ECUADOR
TAME will fly to Guayaquil-Manaus as well as to Lima and Iquitos
Tame announced the beginning of regular flights between Guayaquil and Manaus, in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon, on April 30th. The flights will be on Wednesdays with eventual chartered flights on Sundays. Furthermore, the airline is considering the possibility of including Iquitos, in Peru, in the Guayaquil-Manaus route, also foreseeing beginning regular flights to Lima as of April 30th.

COLOMBIA
Influx of foreign tourists increased by 7.4% in January
The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism informed that in the first month of 2008, 96,502 visitors of other nationalities arrived in Colombia, 6,697 more people than in the same month of 2007.

PANAMA
KLM resumes flights
An official source of KLM informed that it will resume its flights to Panama in March, after seven years of suspended operations. The AAC authorized KLM to offer passenger, cargo and postal air transport services. Operations could begin in mid March with direct flights on the Amsterdam-Panama-Amsterdam route, with a frequency of three days per week.

EL SALVADOR
COPA Offers more flights
The Civil Aviation Authority authorized Copa Airlines to begin the operation of a new flight, Panama-El Salvador-Panama. The airline hopes to “shortly” put this route into action, Copa informed. The new operation will benefit passengers of this route because they will have more flight and schedule options.

MEXICO
Aeromexico to Start Detroit-Monterrey Service in April
Aeromexico on April 6 will begin nonstop service between Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Monterrey, Mexico, with continuing service to Mexico City. The flights will operate three times per week aboard Aeromexico’s Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft.

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