Tourism this week in Latin America
18 percent increase for shipping authorized
The government authorized an 18 percent increase in fares for freight flights whose price has been regulated since 2002, and was previously adjusted just once by 20 percent in October 2006.
Pluna will link Mar del Plata with other Latin American cities
Pluna will operate direct flights between Mar del Plata and several Latin American capitals, which would make up part of the promotion of the main Argentine resort town.
TAM will fly weekly from Bariloche to Brazil
In mid-June, there will be two direct flights per week from Bariloche to Sao Paulo with an Airbus 320 on Thursdays and Sundays. This will enable rapid connections with the northern hemisphere, particularly with Europe and the United States.
Pluna plans hub in Montevideo
Pluna plans to convert the airport of Montevideo into a regional hub and transport passengers to it from inside Argentina, as well as reinforce the shuttle service between Buenos Aires and Montevideo and offer some promotions starting from US$ 7 per flight.
Iberia would fly to Asuncion
Iberia is studying the possibility of returning to Paraguay due to the improvement of airport taxes which is being carried out through the formation of an Inter-Institutional Commission. Its objective is to promote and strengthen commercial air traffic in order to place Paraguay as a center for air distribution of cargo and passengers.
VRG suspends flights to Europe
VRG will stop flying to Madrid on May 21st and to Paris on June 9th, thus suspending all of its flights to Europe. Gol announced the suspension of operations to Mexico City as of May 11th as part of a plan to restructure the international network which will try to adapt VRG to market conditions and expand its presence in the local market and in South America.
Pluna requests authorization to fly between Curitiba and Montevideo
Pluna requested authorization to fly daily between Curitiba and Montevideo as of June 18th, with an extension to Buenos Aires.
OceanAir will stop flying to Mexico
OceanAir temporarily suspended its flights to Mexico. In addition, it will transfer part of its fleet to Avianca, as part of an integration process of both companies.
Destination Brazil Showcase in Rio
The Destination Brazil Showcase, an event organized by the Brazilian receptive tourism industry, will be held in Rio de Janeiro on June 16th and 17th. http://www.destinationbrazil.com.br
Taca, expansion in the country
Taca informed that it will fly directly from Rio to Lima and that its expansion within the country will begin in Rio de Janeiro with operations planned to fly to Porto Alegre, Manaus and the northeast, as well as alliances with Brazilian airlines.
Luxury train departs on April 23rd
Great Brasil Express will begin services on the 23rd of this month. The train can transport small groups and the cost of a 7-day, all-inclusive package with destination to Iguazu Falls, accommodation in hotels in route, and visits to Morretes, Vilha Vela, Cascabel, among other attractions, as well as the classic trip to the Falls, will be approximately US$ 3,500.
MachuPicchu among the 10 places in the world that all travelers must see
TripAdvisor published the list of the “Top 10: Places that all travelers must see.” List: 1. Paris, France -2. Cairo, Egypt – 3. Venice, Italy – 4. Maya Ruins, Mexico- 5. Stonehenge, United Kingdom – 6. Athens, Greece – 7. New York, United States – 8. The Great Wall, China – 9. The Gran Canyon of Colorado, United States – 10. Machu Picchu, Peru.
Luxury Properties will open its first hotel in Cusco
Luxury Properties, a new Italian group, will open its first hotel in Cusco. In May, 16 luxury suites will increase the location’s offer for this sector of the market. It will include a three-floor spa and a gourmet restaurant. Additionally, they also hope to open a hotel in Lima as well as in the Patagonia and other Latin American destinations.
Archaeological park inaugurated in Quito
The Tulipe archaeological site and museum in northwestern Quito was inaugurated. The museum offers information about the culture of the Yumbos, ancient inhabitants of the region.
Flights to Lima by LAN and Taca
LAN and Taca will connect Medellin with Lima; the first will have a stop-over in Quito (Ecuador), while the second will go directly to Lima (Peru).
Iberia will operate new frequency to Madrid
The new flight, which will arrive on May 5th, completes Iberia’s offer, which used to fly to Panama on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. With the new frequency there will be 14,000 new seats available weekly on the Madrid-Panama route, an increase of 27 percent.
9,000 rooms expected to be built in the next five years
Panama’s tourism industry is planning the construction of 9,000 rooms in the next five years, informed the president of the Hotel Association.
$10 million hotel begins operations
Playa Tortuga Hotel and Beach Resort began operations in Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro with an investment of over US$ 10 million. It has 119 rooms, two restaurants, two auditoriums for its events and meetings, and a gymnasium, among other attractions.
Air Dominicana will begin flights on May 2nd
As of May 2nd, Air Dominicana will begin flights with two Boeing B737s which will be based in Punta Cana, from which they will operate flights to Venezuela and Colombia, and after three months, they will arrive in Puerto Rico and Miami.
Construction of hotel with US$ 240 million investment
With an investment of US$ 240 million, the luxury hotel chain Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will construct a 225 room hotel in the Roco Residential and Tourism complex. The Fairmont Roco Ki will include a Fairmont Residences complex with condominiums and villas and the private club Fairmount Heritage Place.
Taca will begin direct connection with South America
At the beginning of July, Taca will open a new direct connection between Guatemala and Peru. This will enable its passengers to connect with the rest of the South American countries. Three frequencies per week are being planned for the route. The airline will open new direct routes between Lima and Rio de Janeiro and Lima-Medellin.
Hilton will invest US$ 210 million
Hilton Hotels Corporation will invest US$ 210 million in the next few years for the opening of 14 new hotels in Mexico. The openings will belong to the Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn brands.
United would fly from Los Angeles
The United States DOT suggested authorizing United Airlines to begin new flights between Los Angeles and San Jose del Cabo. The service would be functional as soon as Frontier Services suspends its flights before the end of the month.
AeroMexico would make direct flights to China at the end of May
The first direct flight between China and Mexico will be inaugurated on May 29th, according to an official from the AeroMexico air company in Shanghai.
Melia Habana being redesigned
The hotel Melia Habana of La Habana is redesigning its facilities in response to an interest in adding new amenities to improve the image offered to vacationers.
New web site will offer information to tourists
The country’s Tourism Company launched a web site which will offer users information about the destination and its different regions, as well as the possibility of booking accommodation and airfare by electronic reservation.
Lonely Planet will review its tourist guides
Lonely Planet has been forced to review three of its editions for Latin America, after one of its contributors confessed in a book to having invented entire sections of the guide to Brazil.