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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  Mar 27, 2008

ARGENTINA
Foreign tourism increased by 9.7 percent in January
The number of foreign tourists who entered the country increased by 9.7 percent in January, with 259,265 tourists arriving and 112,034 leaving the country. The total movement of tourists involved 10.2 percent more people than in January of 2007. The average stay was 16.9 days and average expenditures were US$ 81.6.

Alan Faena will open his second five-star hotel in Bariloche
The investment group led by the Argentine developer bought a 47.5 hectare plot of land on the shore of Lake Perito Moreno for US$ 14.5 million, where a 140 room luxury hotel will be constructed with an investment of US$ 70 million.

Air Canada expands winter services
This winter, Air Canada will expand its services to principal South American destinations with the introduction of non-stop flights to Buenos Aires and Santiago, as well as the employment of a Boeing 777-300ER on its daily flights to Sao Paulo. The flights to Buenos Aires and Santiago will begin on December 1st, and end on April 1st, 2009, with five weekly frequencies.

LAN includes flights to Mendoza
With a new daily frequency to Buenos Aires, LAN reinforces its presence in Mendoza. Currently, the three daily flights place the province as the fourth most serviced destination by the airline, after Iguazu, Bariloche and Cordoba.

PARAGUAY
Pluna has the most modern fleet in South America
The first of the seven aircraft which Pluna purchased arrived at the Carrasco International Airport. In January 2009, Pluna will receive the seventh aircraft, thus becoming the airline with the most modern fleet in South America. The investment for the purchase of these aircraft is US$ 177 million.

Construction authorized for ecological hotel on Gorriti Island
The Ministry of Tourism authorized the construction of a luxury “ecological hotel” on Gorriti Island, opposite Punta del Este, the country’s main beach resort. The project will cost US$ 10 million. The hotel will have only 30 rooms and will operate on solar energy. Its water supply will come from wells on the island.

URUGUAY
Airlines could double in number in 2008
After the country’s aerial seclusion, there are possibilities of significantly expanding the offer of flights due to the return of Pluna, the beginning of operations of the Aerorregional Paraguay and Aerosur Paraguay companies, as well as the arrival of Avianca, Copa and Taca. Likewise, TAM plans on expanding its connections, as indicated by the deputy director of International Air Traffic of the Dinac.

BRAZIL
Gol modernizes its fleet with 40 Boeing aircraft
GOL announced that it increased its orders from Boeing by 40 aircraft and that it will put a plan into action to accelerate the modernization and renewal of its fleet. The airline signed a new contract with expected deliveries of between 2012 and 2014, bringing its total amount of orders to 161 pieces of equipment.

BNTM brings together approximately 400 international operators
The 17th Brasil National Tourism Mart will be held from April 10th to the 13th in Salvador (Bahia). 9,000 business meetings are planned, with the expectation of generating US$ 186 million, 32.3 percent more than last year.

BOLIVIA
LAB registers another aircraft to resume flights
Last week, LAB received the airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 727-200 with which it hopes to resume operations before the end of this month. At first, LAB would operate with this Boeing 727 and gradually incorporate new aircraft into its fleet, until all six with which it intends to fly as of next June are incorporated.

AEROSUR two weekly flights to Cusco
Last week Aerosur began to fly two weekly flights to Cusco from Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

PERU
Lima would receive more than 2.7 million tourists in 2012
As a result of new investments in the hotel industry and strategies to promote Peru abroad, Lima would receive approximately 2,723,000 tourists in 2012, an increase of 91 percent with respect to last year, when it received 1,425,000 visitors, the CCL indicated. They added that there are 54 new hotel construction projects and 17 more for redesigning and expanding those already existing throughout the country. These projects would be carried out in the medium term, with an investment of US$ 500 million.

Radisson Hotels open their doors
The Radisson Hotel chain began operations in the country with its two new hotels in which it invested more than US$ 11 million. The Radisson Hotel & Suites in San Isidro has a five-star rating, while the Radisson Decapolis in Miraflores has four stars. With both hotels, the country hopes to improve its hotel offer and secure the commitment for the development of new projects in the local market with Nuevo Mundo and the international chain Decameron.

Aqua Expeditions media Launch in New York
On March 11th, Aqua Expeditions celebrated the launch to the US specialized media at Per Se, known as the best restaurant in the city. They introduced their new luxury vessel navigating the Amazon in conjunction with Inkaterra, who were presenting their new properties in Cusco and Lake Titicaca.

COLOMBIA
El Dorado will be demolished to construct a completely new air terminal
The National Government accepted the proposal suggested by the Opain consortium. The new international airport will be ready in 2012, pending the definition of the exact value of the new construction works. On March 20th, the second stage of construction should begin.

AeroRepublica increases fleet with new Embraer 190
Aero Republica has just purchased its ninth Embraer 190-HK 4508 with which it positioned itself as the youngest and most modern fleet in Colombia after twelve months of airline operations.

MITM in Cartagena de Indias
The 14th edition of MITM Americas, Meetings and Incentive Trade Market, the first and oldest incentives and conventions fair in the Americas, will be held in Cartagena de Indias on November 24th and 25th with the support of the Corporacion de Turismo of Cartagena de Indias and Proexport. qsar@qsamark.com

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Record increase of 9.14 percent in tourism this winter
The Dominican Republic has beat historical records in tourism during the winter season, reaching 725,238 visitors during the first two months of 2008, signifying an increase of 9.14 percent compared to the previous year.

CUBA
Nautical tourism, a new way of traveling
The private villa of Baracoa has among its nautical proposals an option for those interested in tourist attractions. In April 2003, the Nautical Club of Rumbos began this initiative with trips on the area’s waters. On this route, geographical accidents such as the Yara Terraces are pointed out; this being a site of great archaeological and speleological interest.

SPAIN
The 3rd ‘Euroal’ Touristic Fair will offer a ‘market of vacations’ for travel agents
Large European and Latin American emissive and receptive tour operators will carry out a special collaboration with retail travel agencies this coming May 31st and June 1st, 2008 in Torremolinos (Costa del Sol), Spain. It will be in the framework of the 3rd Latin American and European Fair of Tourism, Art and Culture, ‘EUROAL’ that will be held in this Spanish city, and which will bring together the main tourism promoting institutions and entities of Latin America.

Tourism this week in Latin America
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