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Tourism this week in Latin America

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travelatlatinamerica.com  Jun 11, 2008

ARGENTINA
Dental tourism has grown consistently over the past four years
Dental tourism has grown consistently. Varied benefits are offered, from teeth whitening to the fitting of veneers and aesthetic crowns, at prices up to three times more economical than elsewhere in the world.

Chapelco will invest in snow
Nieves del Chapelco will invest €2.5 million in its ski resort infrastructure for this winter season. They emphasized that the efforts were focused on the purchase of two new ski lifts, three snow ploughs and infrastructure and slope improvements.

Infuetur to make agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas for more flights in winter
A contract between Infuetur and Aerolineas Argentinas will be signed for the financing of 8 flight frequencies under the special flights category for winter 2008 at the Ushuaia Bureau headquarters.

LAN Argentina celebrates third anniversary
It has been three years since LAN began operations and it is celebrating with a positive balance which reflects its constant growth in the country’s aviation industry and its effort to maintain the highest standards in security, quality and service.

TAM flights to Bariloche will begin in July
TAM confirmed the beginning of its regular operations between San Pablo and Bariloche for July 3rd with two weekly flights – Thursdays and Sundays – operated with A320 with a 174-passenger capacity.

Pluna inaugurates Rosario-Curitiba routes
Pluna will fly to Rosario and Curitiba beginning in June. It will inaugurate these routes with promotional fares of $38 and $59 per leg, respectively, for its destinations to Montevideo.

Neuquen has its first 5-star hotel
With an investment of US$30 million, the Casino Magic group inaugurated the first five-star hotel in the city of Neuquen. The Casino Magic Hotel has 31 rooms and is part of the gaming rooms’ complex located on route 22. Casino Magic has been granted the casino in the city of Neuquen until 2016.

CHILE
Valle Nevado launches master plan for more than US$ 100 million
Valle Nevado announced a medium term US$120 million plan that includes the launching of the “Pueblo de Montana.” The plan provides for the construction of at least one building per year for the next 15 years. The company anticipates an investment of US$22 million for the next five years and US$15 million more for the following five years.

LAN completes renovation of short-range fleet
The airline offers its passengers and freight clients in Latin America one of the most modern fleets in the world, operating all of its short-range flights in the new Airbus A320.

BRAZIL
TAM receives authorization to fly to Lima
TAM announced that it received authorization from the National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC) to begin offering daily flights to Lima. The frequency will begin operating on October 17th, departing from the Sao Paulo international airport to the Jorge Chavez terminal in Lima.

PERU
Arrival of foreign tourists increased by 12.3% in first quarter
In the first quarter of this year, Peru registered 502,942 arrivals of foreign tourists through the country’s borders, according to information provided by the General Directorate of Immigration and Naturalization (DIGEMIN) and analyzed by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism.

Inti Raymi will be translated into English, French and Spanish
For the first time, the Inti Raymi ceremony will be simultaneously translated into English, French and Spanish. Participants will receive translation equipment so that it will be easier for them understand this festivity, which is celebrated each June 24th. EMUFEC S.A., Cusco’s municipal company for festivities has placed 3,800 seats on sale to attend Inti Raymi in the esplanade of Sacsahuaman.

Historian maintains that Machu Picchu was discovered by a German in 1867
According to a study carried out by the historian Paolo Greer, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was discovered by the German Augusto Berns 44 years before the North American explorer Hiram Bingham arrived in the area (in 1911).

LAN Peru will increase flights from Trujillo to the city of Tumbes
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) informed that the airline Lan Peru announced its decision to operate flights to Tumbes. The flights will begin next June 25th and will be carried out as an extension of the flight that Lan Peru’s aircraft currently make to Trujillo.

Cruz del Sur new routes
This Wednesday, Cruz del Sur will reopen the service Lima – Paracas – Ica – Nasca at 4.30 am (full day) and Nasca – Arequipa at 3 p.m. With these new frequencies, tourists and the general public will have more travel options besides those already existing to visit the circuit known as “the magical route of the south.”

Hotel Libertador Paracas will open at the beginning of 2009 after an investment of US$23 million
The inauguration of the new Hotel Libertador Paracas is scheduled for the first quarter of 2009 and will require an investment of US$23,055,752. It will have a constructed area of 17,197.88 m2 and 34,136.29 m2, with a new structure that will comply with the highest international standards.

ECUADOR
Galapagos registers new eruption from the Cerro Azul volcano
The Geophysical Institute (IG) of the National Polytechnic School in Quito informed yesterday that the Cerro Azul volcano, located on Isabela Island, has once again started to erupt. The volcano became active and produced new lava flows, which were detected in images via satellite. Authorities of the Galapagos National Park (PNG) flew over the area to evaluate the intensity of the new eruption.

Humpback whale watching season has begun
The Tenth Humpback Whale Watching Season was inaugurated. Representatives from the government, municipalities, tourism sectors, operators, press, students and special guests gathered that day at the State Coastal Building’s Auditorium.

Volcanic activity of the Tungurahua attracts thousands of tourists
The recent increase in the volcanic activity of the Tungurahua volcano is bringing thousands of tourists to the city of Baños de Agua Santa, who come to the area in order to visit the natural viewpoints at night and photograph the volcano glowing with lava, a natural phenomena that can only be observed in the darkness of the night and with a clear sky.

COLOMBIA
Avianca inaugurates flights between Bogota and Santo Domingo
As of June 14th, Avianca will begin its new service of direct flights on the Bogota - Santo Domingo - Bogota route. In this way, the Colombian airline connects Colombia with this Caribbean island with four weekly flights.

Direct flights to Washington
Avianca is expanding its network of connections to destinations in the United States with five weekly flights on the Bogota – Washington – Bogota route, effective as of Friday, June 13th. With the operation of this new route, Avianca will offer 80 weekly flights to those who travel to different parts of the United States. Passengers on-board will be able to carry on two pieces of luggage with no additional cost.

REP. DOMINICANA
Air Dominicana obtains authorization to fly
The certificate accrediting Air Dominicana as a Dominican Republic flight operator was granted by the director of the Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC).

Tourism this week in Latin America
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