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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  Mar 19, 2008

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires hosts the South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference
HVS is organizing the “1st South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference” which will be held on September 29th and 30th in the Hotel Hilton Buenos Aires.

Howard Johnson largest chain in the country
Howard Johnson has become the largest chain in the country by inaugurating its 22nd hotel. The Howard Johnson Plaza Parana has 130 rooms and suites, all of which have an incomparable view of the Parana River.

QANTAS begins flights to Buenos Aires
As of November, the Australian airline will begin to fly between Sydney and Buenos Aires, with three flights per week using a Boeing 747-400.

Mall Group would invest €450 million in resort
The president of the Mall Group has met with the President of Argentina to inform her of his plans for investment in the country, where he is studying the possibility of promoting a residential touristic resort similar to the one being developed in the Mexican State of Campeche. The project will probably be undertaken in the Patagonia and will have an investment of €450 million.

URUGUAY
FIEXPO In June, in Montevideo
At the Fiexpo Latin America edition, not only will the representatives of the Secretaries or Ministries of Tourism participate as exhibitors, but also international hotel chains, convention centers, organizing companies and service and technology suppliers for events, which will show the world the region’s potential in this growing market.

BRAZIL
UNITED Confirms flights without stopovers from Rio to Washington
Due to the achieved success, the “seasonal” flight which departs from Rio de Janeiro towards Washington will again be operational as of October 27th.

Sol Melia Will have two new resorts in 2010
In June, Sol Melia will begin construction of the next two resorts which will be inaugurated in 2010. The project in Praia de Guarajuba is planned as a mega resort with three hotels of 1,200 rooms.

TAM has become one of the best aviation companies
TAM presented the guidelines for its re-positioning to consolidate itself as one of the main companies of the world aviation market. TAM has just become the leader in operations and transported passengers in the Southern Hemisphere, and according to a study, there was an average of 21,800 operations per month last year and 2,251 million passengers transported per month.

VRG Interline agreement with TAP
VRG announced an agreement to establish an interline with TAP Portugal. The passengers of the airline will have access to other destinations through the routes of the TAP network, including Portugal, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

KOREAN AIR will fly to Sao Paulo
Korean Air will fly to South America, re-establishing the route between Seoul and Sao Paulo, an operation which was suspended after a decrease in traffic.

AEROMEXICO More flights
Aeromexico informed that it will expand its operations to Brazil with two new routes, one linking Sao Paulo and Cancun and the other Rio de Janeiro and Mexico.

PERU
Lima will promote Caral citadel as main touristic destination

The citadel of Caral will be promoted as the country’s main touristic destination during the APEC meeting. The archaeological complex caught visitors’ attention in view of the protests registered in Cusco and its consequences on the arrivals to Machu Picchu.

Luxury tourism will increase by 20 percent
This year, 240 thousand luxury tourists could arrive to the country, representing an increase of 20 percent with respect to those who arrived last year. Lima Tours pointed out that these tourists spend almost US$ 500 per person daily.

Inauguration of four-star hotel in Puno
The hotel chain Jose Antonio inaugurated its first four-star hotel (Puno). The hotel will have 131 rooms, and had an investment of US$ 7.5 million.

JW MARRIOTT Will construct a five-star hotel in Cusco
The JW Marriott chain will construct a five-star hotel in Cusco, with an investment of US$ 18 million and US$ 20 million. The project is the process of being evaluated by the INC, after which it will move to the district municipality of Cusco for the corresponding authorization.

COLOMBIA
AVIANCA will undertake Ocean Air operation
The president of the Sinerg Group informed that Avianca will assume operation of Ocean Air. The decision is part of a unification plan of the consortium’s air companies. Both companies are expanding their fleet of aircraft with the contracted purchase of 90 Airbus and Boeing craft, seventy of which will be for the Colombian airline.

Civil Aviation authorized 47 new local and international routes
Avianca returns to the Dominican Republic, while Aerorepublica aims at Panama as a connection center. A Sam, Aires, ADA and Spirit Airlines were also allocated frequencies. Avianca received the authorization for seven frequencies between Bogota and Mexico and some others between the country’s capital and Santo Domingo.

AVIANCA presents first Airbus A320 aircraft with which it will begin the renewal of the fleet
The new aircraft is part of the modernization to which another 59 airbus and 10 Boeing will be added, thus up-dating the fleet during the next 5 years.

DELTA AIR LINES will fly between New York and Bogota
Delta Air Lines informed that the Department of Transport of the United States gave its preliminary authorization to begin operating daily flights between the John F. Kennedy and Eldorado airports.

MEXICO
MEXICANA DE AVIACION will open two flights between Monterrey and New York
As of May 1st, Mexicana de Aviacion will begin two daily flights connecting Monterrey and New York. These flights will be operated with Airbus A319 with a capacity of 120 passengers.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
AIR DOMINICANA will begin to fly in May
The Minister of Tourism informed that in April the first Boeing 737 will arrive, with which Air Dominicana will begin flights to the United States and South America in May.

China Town country’s new touristic attraction
In April, China Town will be inaugurated as the country’s new tourist attraction. The coordinator of China Town informed that from the 17th to the 20th of April the Chinese community residing there will be able to display their traditions before local and international personalities who will be invited to the big event.

Tourism grew 9.14 percent during the first two months of 2008
This year’s increase in tourism could surpass that of 2007. During the first two months of 2008, 9.14 percent more tourists arrived compared to the same period last year.

CUBA
Barcelo will reach 5,000 rooms
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts plans the expansion of its presence, incorporating seven establishments between now and 2010. The chain foresees the opening of a 629-room lodging in Cayo Santa Maria, another with 186 rooms in La Habana in the Monte Barreto area, and a third of 358 rooms in Varadero, the Barcelo Arenas Blancas.

EL SALVADOR
SPIRIT will fly between Florida and El Salvador as of August
Soon, the Salvadorian market will also have access to the low prices offered by Spirit Airlines which could begin operations in August. The news was confirmed by the Minister of Tourism during the 2nd Touristic Education Congress which is being held in this country.

SPAIN
60 European travel companies will be present at the 3rd Fair of Latin American Tourism
Close to 60 travel companies, among them European agencies and tour operators, will participate in the business roundtable or workshops of the 3rd Fair of Latin American and European Tourism, Art and Culture. ‘EUROAL 2008,’ the new acronym for what was until now EUROCOTAL, will be held in the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones, or Congress and Expositions Palace, of Torremolinos (Costa del Sol), Spain, from the 29th of May to the 1st of June.

Tourism this week in Latin America



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