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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  May 21, 2008

ARGENTINA
Tam strengthens scheduling from Buenos Aires in winter
This winter, the airline will add seven new frequencies per week, linking Buenos Aires with different points of Brazil. From June 19th to August 10th, it will add departures from Ezeiza to Recife, Porto Seguro, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Andes Lineas Aereas to arrive at Esquel
Thanks to an agreement signed between the government of the province of Chubut and Andes Lineas Aereas, as of June 29th Esquel will be integrated in the aero commercial route whose current destination is Puerto Madryn. Andes will carry out two weekly flights on the Buenos Aires- Puerto Madryn -Esquel- Buenos Aires route.

First boutique hotel will be opened in Rosario
On December 10th, with the opening of the Savoy, Rosario will have the first prototype boutique hotel, with the renovation of the former San Lorenzo and San Martin building and a large part of its furniture.

Hilton will open new hotel in Bariloche
Imocom will make an investment of more than US$120 million in a hotel, which will be managed by Hilton and will have 210 rooms. The Hilton Bariloche – Patagonia will be located within the “Circuito Chico” with a shore on the Moreno Este Lake.

Blue Tree Hotels will open third hotel
Blue Tree Hotels announced that before the end of the year, it would set the opening of its third establishment in Argentina. It informed of plans to open a hotel in Buenos Aires, which will be added to the one operating in the Recoleta and Bariloche neighborhood.

BRAZIL
Tam will begin flights between Rio-Miami in September
The president of Tam informed that the flight between Rio de Janeiro and Miami would begin in September.

Delta Air Lines flights to Sao Paulo – Atlanta
Since Monday the 5th, Delta Air Lines has been operating the Sao Paulo-Atlanta-Sao Paulo route in two of its seven weekly frequencies.

OceanAir will cease flying to twelve destinations
OceanAir will cease flying to 12 national destinations, concentrating its operations in 25 destinations with the aim of accelerating the uniformization of its fleet. OceanAir will no longer operate in Vitoria da Conquista, Macae, Uberaba, Sao Jose dos Campos, Juazeiro do Norte, Joao Pessoa, Natal, Aracatuba, Iguazu Falls, Goiania, Palmas and Cascavel.

Varig cancels flights to Spain after 5 months of operations
Varig’s final flight between Madrid and Sao Paulo departed on May 12th after the company decided to cancel this route, which began operating in the Barajas airport in December.

Korean Air to operate again in the country
After a meeting held in Brasilia between the president of Embratur and the manager of Business Development and Marketing of Korean Air for Latin America, the return of the airline to Brazil was confirmed. As of June 3rd, Korean Air will link Sao Paulo and Los Angeles three times per week.

CHILE
LAN and TAM’s frequent flyer program agreement
Frequent flyers of LAN and TAM will be able to accumulate mileage and points, respectively, and earn rewards for the flights operated by both companies. This is part of an agreement reached last year whose aim is to expand the services offered to their clients. LANPASS members will accumulate mileage from their flights with TAM and will be able to earn rewards for flights operated by that airline.

PERU
Copa increases daily flights from Lima
As of August 11th, Copa Airlines will have a fourth daily frequency to Panama City. The airline made this announcement as part of an aggressive growth plan using its Hub of the Americas in Panama City as a connection center with the rest of the continent.

LAN inaugurates Lima-Medellin route
Lan inaugurated a new route between Lima and Medellin, with a stopover in Quito.

Luxury hotel will be constructed in Pucallpa
Inversiones Turisticas de la Amazonia (Amazon Tourism Investments) will build “the largest and most modern hotel of the Peruvian Amazon” in Pucallpa. The construction will require an investment of US$12 million.

Fares for the Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes route will increase
The Conseltur Machu Picchu consortium announced the increase of its fares for the transportation service from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and vice versa, which will be put into effect on June 1st. The company indicated that the cost per foreign adult for roundtrip service will be US$ 14, while the price per foreign child will be US$7.

Decameron will begin construction of resort in Punta Sal in August
In August, Decameron will begin the construction of a resort in Punta Sal (Tumbes). The Blue Marlin business association announced the US$65 million investment this year in hotel projects in different locations throughout the country.

Casa Andina will open three-star hotel next year
The Casa Andina hotel chain will open a three-star hotel in Trujillo (La Libertad) in the first quarter of next year, informed its Marketing manager.

The News & Observer recommends Peruvian beaches for surfing
The United States newspaper “The News & Observer” recommended that surfers from abroad come and surf the beaches of Peru, and that they to try and find the world champion Magoo de la Rosa.

COLOMBIA
Avianca will inaugurate Cali-Medellin-Caracas route
As of yesterday, Avianca has been operating the Cali-Medellin-Caracas route. The connection will be operated with four weekly frequencies. The airline thus completes a total of 43 Colombia-Venezuela-Colombia frequencies per week and will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

VENEZUELA
Pestana inaugurated hotel in Caracas
Pestana inaugurated its 11th establishment in South America, the five-star Pestana Caracas, which was added to the nine hotels operating in Brasil and the Pestana Buenos Aires.

CUBA
Domus Selecta incorporates its first establishment
Domus Selecta, the Hotusa Hotels’ “establishments with charm” brand, incorporated its first establishment in Cuba, the Hotel Santa Isabel, an exclusive hotel located in Old Havana.

MEXICO
Costa Maya begins recovery of cruise ship dock
The general director of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) announced that the cruise ship dock of Costa Maya, located in Mahahual, could be operational in September after having been damaged by hurricane “Dean” last August.

Cancun will refund VAT to foreign tourists
As of this summer, the state of Quintana Roo will refund the VAT to foreign tourists, thereby hoping that the purchasing segment will increase by 15 percent, announced the general director of Premier Tax Free.

Cancun seeks to position itself as a comprehensive tourism offer
Cancun launched its international campaign “Cancun, profoundly unique”, and as part of this, a Caravan to South America will be held. Its goal is to position Cancun as a comprehensive tourism offer where segments such as culture, adventure, nature, business and conventions, gastronomy and spas combine to make Cancun a premium destination.

PANAMA
Celebrity Cruises will expand trips offers to the Panama Canal
Celebrity Cruises will offer more trips to the Panama Canal in the 2009-2010 season with 8 new offers of 13 and 16 nights. Cruise ships will depart from the ports of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and Valparaiso, in Chile, aboard the Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Constellation and Celebrity Mercury ships. The trips will also include visits to several touristic destinations of interest in the Caribbean region, such as Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Tourism this week in Latin America
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