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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  Apr 16, 2008

ARGENTINA
Lan Argentina with new plane
Lan Argentina announced the incorporation of an Airbus 320 on which it has replaced its name for that of OneWorld on the fuselage. The new aircraft has the same image as the ten international airlines which form the alliance.

Avenida de Mayo has cultural programs
On Saturdays and Sundays until May 18th, cultural events will be offered for both tourists and Buenos Aires residents on Avenida de Mayo. The schedule combines events on the main public roads with activities in Notable Bars and other representative buildings of the area.

International Congress of Adventure Tourism in Mendoza
From September 14th to the 20th, the province of Mendoza will be the world capital of adventure tourism, thanks to the International Congress of Adventure Tourism, an essential meeting for suppliers, exhibitors, and professionals in the sector. The first part will be held in the City of Mendoza on September 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, and the second in the City of San Rafael on the 18th, 19th and 20th.

URUGUAY
Pluna hopes to add new destinations
The airline is preparing to expand in the regional market by flying from Montevideo. “In a radius of 3,000 km, departing from Montevideo, there are many cities that are not properly serviced, which are difficult to access. We want to insure an effective connection in the region,” stated the general manager of the company.

PARAGUAY
FĂ«n Hotels in Asuncion
FĂ«n Hotels inaugurated its first Esplendor establishment in Asuncion. A US$3 million investment was made to update this 5-star hotel and make it operational. Fen Hotels contributes its experience in hotel management and with this, the Esplendor brand will become the first Argentine chain to expand abroad.

BRAZIL
BNTM had 362 international operators
The 17th BNTM (Brasil National Tourism Mart) was held in Salvador de Bahia. This is the largest business fair in Brasil in which tourism professionals from the Brazilian north-east and the international market participated, with the aim of encouraging business and promoting the region. Participants included 80 tourist representatives of Bahia, 362 international operators, of which 50 percent were from the European market, 35 percent from South America and 15 percent from North America, as well as 243 hoteliers and travel agents, 80 journalists and 27 Ministers of Tourism.

Rio de Janeiro will invest US$ 187 million to develop tourist attractions
The program aims at improving the infrastructures and recovering the historic and natural appeal of several areas, including the coast, with the municipalities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi and the beach resorts of Angra dos Reis and Parary, Buzios and Cabo Frio.

ACCOR will construct 20 new hotels
Accor announced the signing of a “joint venture” with Walter Torre, one of the largest real-estate investors in Brasil, for the construction and operation of 20 hotels of the Ibis and Formule 1 chains. The investment would be US$295.1 million.

CHILE
LAN will purchase 32 ecological Boeing 787s
This is the largest investment in the airline’s history, which has been named the leading company in Latin America in environmental protection. The decision was disclosed at FIDAE (the International Air and Space Fair), where IATA launched an unprecedented initiative to reduce all forms of air pollution, in both CO2 emissions and noise reduction.

BOLIVIA
LAB plans to begin non regular flights
LAB informed that it intends to begin non regular flights, for which it doesn’t require authorization from the Superintendence of Transport, but it does require authorization from DGAC (General Directorate of Civil Aviation), which has not made an announcement yet. The general manager of the airline indicated that the company had officially sent the request to DGAC with a schedule of between three and four daily flights on several national routes.

PERU
Chinese government will begin promotion as touristic destination
The head of the National Administration of Tourism of China, present at APEC, announced that China will begin the promotion of Peru as a touristic destination in its country. During the next few months, they will meet with the representatives of Mincetur in China to organize and coordinate the promotional activities of the Peruvian Destination in that country.

Surfing opportunities
The Australian representative of APACE stated that Peru offers great potential for Australian tourists who surf. “Peru has a great potential for tourism. One of the areas that has not been mentioned until now is surfing, where the opportunities between Australia and Peru are excellent.”

Inka Rail will request access to the Cusco-Machupicchu railway line
Representatives of Inka Rail and Ferrocarril Central Andino (Fetransa) met to evaluate the former’s request for access to the Cusco-Machupicchu railway line, which is operated by the latter. “After informing them that they should indicate the specific schedule they wanted and the number of coaches they would use, as well as the date on which they intended to bring them, we agreed that they would resubmit their request with said modifications,” commented the director of Regulatory and Legal Services of Fetransa.

ECUADOR
Quito expects to exceed 1 million visitors
A new strategic tourism plan was presented which proposes that this year 1.8 million tourists will visit the city. The proposition consists in the creation of new touristic products, the professionalization of those who work in the tourism industry, and the improvement of the conditions of touristic attractions.

Tame begins route to Manaus
As of May 14th, Tame will begin operations on the Guayaquil-Manaus, Brazil route which will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays. It will analyze an agreement with TAM Linhas Aereas to market the frequencies with connections in Manaus arriving in Salvador, Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio with TAM.

PANAMA
KLM-IPAT launch new campaign
Ipat and KLM reached an agreement to promote the Amsterdam-Panama flight, which has been operated by the airline since March 31st, in Europe. Ipat will contribute 50 percent of the US$ 1.2 million publicity campaign, which will have greater intensity in Holland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

MEXICO
Oaxaca recovers touristic activity
The secretary of Tourism of Oaxaca stated that this city has almost recovered in regards to this activity and hopes to end 2008 with hotel occupation of close to 55 percent. He also stressed that the new Aeromexico flights to this city can contribute to the increase in tourism.

American Airlines flies between Dallas and Tampico
American Airlines inaugurated the new route which will link Dallas with Tampico, in the state of Tamaulipas. The operations, which will increase the number of the company’s destinations in Mexico to 15, will be covered by American Eagle.

Mexicana de Aviacion to join OneWorld
Mexicana de Aviacion will join OneWorld in order to strengthen its international flights, adding that this alliance will increase its routes because the participating companies will have access to 700 destinations in approximately 150 countries, with a combined fleet of 2,350 aircraft which will operate 9,500 flights per day and will transport 333 million passengers, representing an annual income of US$100 billion.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Airlines request routes
Mexicana de Aviacion, Delta Airlines and Avianca are hoping to obtain new routes to and from the Dominican Republic. Although Delta Airlines already has established routes from Santo Domingo to Miami and New York, it requested authorization to operate from the Dominican capital to Atlanta.

Modernization of Puerto Plata will cost US$150 million
Puerto Plata is once again showing signs of a boom and renewal in its touristic offer thanks to the governmental investment of more than US$150 million in remodeling projects of beaches and hotel infrastructures.

CUBA
Paradisus Varadero among 100 most popular establishments in the world
The Paradisus Varadero hotel was added to the Gulet Touristik list which gathers the 100 most popular establishments of its kind in the world. This company makes up part of the World of TUI, the principal European wholesaler of this industry, based in Germany.

Tourism this week in Latin America



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