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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  Apr 03, 2008

LATIN AMERICA
HILTON Expansion plans
In April, the chain will inaugurate the Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula in Honduras and the Hilton Princess Managua in Nicaragua. This completes an agreement to convert three properties that began with the Hilton Princess San Salvador in 2004. In 2007, Hilton announced its plans to inaugurate a hotel in Ushuaia, Argentina and this year will open a new 5-star resort in Puerto Iguazu.

ARGENTINA
Domestic airfares could increase up to 40%
The government would assess a considerable increase in the cost of airfare in order to compensate a sector which lost profitability due to labor and fuel costs, among other items. Increases of between 30 and 40 percent have been mentioned. The increase would form part of a package of measures which would also include a subsidy for aircraft fuel.

Bird sighting in Rio Negro
The Ministry of Tourism of the Rio Negro province has just launched a new touristic project related to bird sighting. The ecosystem surrounding Rio Negro is the habitat of some 200 bird species that can be observed along the almost 800 kilometers that covers this expansion of water, from west to east in the northern part of the province.

Brazil
Marriott and Renaissance leave Costa de Sauipe
As of June 1st, the hotel operator SHR (Sauipe Hotels & Resorts), administrator of the complex, will take over the management of the Costa do Sauipe Marriott Resort & Spa and Renaissance Costa do Sauipe Resort hotels, which will be known respectively as Costa do Sauipe Golf & Spa and Costa do Sauipe All-Inclusive Resort.

Founder of JetBlue will launch new airline
The founder of JetBlue Airways, United States, announced plans to launch a new low-cost airline. It will begin to fly with a fleet of three aircraft at the beginning of 2009 with reduced prices, and will use a point to point structure which transports passengers from one city to another without stopovers.

Delta Airlines will have extra flights from June to August
From June 15th to August 15th, Delta will have extra flights from Brazil to the United States, adding one additional daily flight between Sao Paulo and Atlanta.

Alitalia’s flights from Rome could begin in October
Alitalia’s new direct flight from Rome could begin in October. It would operate five direct flights per week between Galeao and Rome.

CHILE
Sky Airlines will fly to Bolivia

Sky Airlines is planning to land in La Paz, as informed the president of the airline. Another of the emblematic destinations which the company is aiming for is Peru, where it hopes to shortly land in Lima.

BOLIVIA
AEROSUR launched two flights a week to Cusco
AeroSur began flying to Cusco from Santa Cruz de la Sierra twice a week.

PERU
More than 25 protected natural areas with potential for touristic development
The National Institute of Natural Resources (Inrena) estimated that the country has more than 25 protected natural areas with touristic development potential, covering an area of 7.2 million national hectares. There are approximately 63 protected areas in the country which correspond to 18,43,379 hectares, representing 14.04 percent of national territory. Cusco and Madre de Dios have 70 percent of the existing potential areas in the country.

PromPeru reinforces the country as a luxury destination
PromPeru’s strategy to strengthen the interest and demand for luxury tourism is reflected in the recent association of this institution, as a “Preferred Destination,” in the network of the most prestigious travel agencies in the world, the Virtuoso network.

Andean Railways began negotiations to access railway line to Machu Picchu
Andean Railways informed that it is ready to begin its operations and compete on the railway line to Machu Picchu, and began technical negotiations with the current concessionaire of the route, Ferrocarril Trasandino, with the aim of establishing the conditions of its access to the line.

Casa Andina inaugurated five-star hotel in Arequipa
The hotel chain Casa Andina inaugurated its fifth five-star hotel with the Casa Andina Private Collection brand, in the former Casa de la Moneda, with an approximate investment of US$6 million. The hotel has 41 rooms, 5 of which are suites, as well as 38 higher level rooms. It has two colonial patios, a gourmet restaurant, an elevator, air conditioning, heating and shortly a site museum where some pieces found during the excavations will be exhibited.

ECUADOR
US$13 million allocated to bi-national route with Peru
The minister of Tourism of Ecuador affirmed that US$13 million have been allocated for the development of a touristic route with Peru; this will be known as “La Ruta del Espondilo” whose goal is to generate income for the involved communities.

MEXICO
ACCOR wants to go from six to 60 hotels
The Accor group announced an expansion plan in Mexico, where it now has 6 hotels and 5 more under construction, aiming to reach 60 by 2012.

Barcelo will invest more than US$600 million
Barcelo will invest US$600 million in the next two years in the hopes of increasing the amount of hotel rooms in different touristic destinations in the country. The goal is to increase the number of rooms from 5,350 to 10,000. To do this, it is negotiating the purchase of two hotels in Cancun and two in Playa del Carmen.

CUBA
Fitcuba 2008 in May
The XXVIII Fitcuba 2008 will be held from May 5th to the 9th in the Morro-Cabaña park. The invited country on this occasion is Italy. www.fitcuba.com
Plans to construct 30 hotels with investment from Spain and China
Cuba plans to construct 30 new hotels by 2010 with capital from Spain and China, which will increase its hotel capacity by 21.7 percent, according to a report published on the Ministry of Tourism’s web site (www.cubatravel.cu).

Maria La Gorda becomes a diving destination
The Cuban beach of Maria la Gorda became a diving destination after the approval of an extension project of 100 new hotel rooms which will be added to the 54 existing rooms. This will enable the arrival of a larger amount of visitors, whether they are tourists or scientists. Recently, visitors have arrived by road and boats bringing about the construction of a marina to service the new navigation route to Cuba’s most western peninsula.

SPAIN
EUROAL establishes best audio visual award for touristic promotion
For this year, EUROAL has included the granting of the “Sol de Oro de Torremolinos” award to the best touristic destination promotion video. The granting of this prize is included in the novelties already announced by the organization of this touristic fair of Latin American destinations to the European market.

Tourism this week in Latin America
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