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Dec 12, 2007

ARGENTINA
LoiSuites inaugurates second 5-star hotel
The hotel chain LoiSuites recently inaugurated its second 5-star hotel. Located in a privileged area in San Martin de los Andes on the 234 Route, 7 kilometers from the town of San Martin de los Andes, LoiSuites Chapelco Hotel has 76 rooms and 9 suites. By 2008, the inauguration of two more hotels is expected, one in the town of Neuquen and another in Puerto Iguazu.

Radisson inaugurates a new hotel in Cordoba
The Radisson chain entered into an agreement to open the first of at least ten hotels in Argentina. The five-star hotel is part of a premium housing and business complex right in the center of the provincial capital, which is being constructed with a US$ 50 million investment. The hotel, which will be ready in December 2010, will have 200 rooms, a convention center, spa and swimming-pool.

PARAGUAY
AeroSur will fly to Buenos Aires
AeroSur Paraguay will begin flights between Asuncion and Buenos Aires with a Boeing 737/200 by the end of the month. Other destinations to which the airline will shortly fly to are Montevideo and San Paulo.

BRAZIL
TAM and Lufthansa formalize code-share
On December 1st, TAM and Lufthansa formalized their code sharing agreement on national and international routes between Brasil and Germany. This agreement will be effective as from the first semester of 2008.

TAM will link Madrid with Sao Paulo as from December 21st
On December 21st, the Brazilian airline will be included in the list of companies that link Spain with Brazil, after announcing that the beginning of the route that will link Madrid with Sao Paulo, with a weekly flight in an Airbus A330 aircraft, will be carried out on that date.

BOLIVIA
12th FIT 2008
The 12th International Tourism Show – Bolivia, the most important tourism event that takes place in the country, will be held in the city of Santa Cruz, from February 21st to 24th, 2008, in the Convention Center of Los Tabijos Hotel. As every year, it will bring together the whole industry, including, in this opportunity, new airlines, services and destinations which are starting to develop as important attractions.

PERU
Luxury Tourism increased by 5 percent
The companies are promoting the increase of luxury tourism, which focuses on the high-income level clients to whom they provide a customized attention. The Peru Hotels Society pointed out that these efforts are reflected on the growth of the luxury foreign tourism (foreigners who arrive to the country) which grew by 20 percent.

Yumbilla Waterfall would be the third highest in the world
The Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism confirmed that the Yumbilla Waterfall, located in the district of Cuispes, in the department of Amazonas, has a height of 895.4831 meters with four large waterfalls. Thus, the Yumbilla waterfall would be the third highest in the world.

Primaris invests US$28 million to begin its flights
With a US$28 million investment, Primaris Airlines Inc. inaugurated last Thursday its international flights from Peru to the United States with direct routes to Miami and Washington.

Sky Airline began flights between Arequipa and Arica
Sky Airline began its international service between Arequipa and Arica. The service will consist of three weekly flights which have been programmed on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies of Arequipa stated that the airline operates with Boeing 737 and 727 aircrafts with a capacity for 110 passengers. The initial goal is that around 40 people travel in each flight from Arequipa. They will have promotional fares during the first month of operations.

ECUADOR
Will be promoted in Brazil
The director of Tourist Promotion of Ecuador announced the first direct flight from Quito to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Manaos. The airline that will serve this flight is TAME, which is negotiating the purchase of two aircrafts from Embraer for this purpose. Ecuador will invest approximately US$800,000 in 2008 to promote itself in Brasil. Last year, Ecuador received near to 14,000 Brazilian tourists.

Guayaquil and Miami are linked
The connection between Guayaquil and Miami is imminent. Aerogal has decided to place 80 passengers per flight, on average, but also to increase its participation in the airline market in Ecuador and in order to obtain more than 16 percent.

COLOMBIA
More flights to London, Frankfurt and the United States
Civil Aeronautics approved new frequencies to those international destinations. Avianca returns to England after six years after having received the authorization to fly three weekly frequencies to the United Kingdom and another three to Frankfurt. Aerocivil also adjudicated several frequencies to the USA, in virtue that 38 weekly frequencies were assigned.

American begins Miami-Barranquilla operation on December 13th
The new route, which will depart at 14.35 hours from the Atlantic’s capital and will arrive in Miami at 17.20 hours, will be carried out by Boeing 737-800 aircrafts.

Spirit Airlines will fly to Cartagena starting from February
The arrival in Cartagena of Spirit Airlines, in February 2008, will benefit passengers with a greater seating offer to fly to the United States, and more economical prices. This low cost airline will allow the reduction in up to 30 percent of the costs of the fares towards the United States.

Continental with an additional daily Bogota-Houston frequency
Continental requested to the DOT the authorization to operate daily night flights between Houston and Bogota. The flights will depart from each city in the evening and will arrive in the morning. The flight will be operated with a Boeing 737.

Delta formalizes application to open three new routes
Delta formalized its application to the North American Ministry of Transports for the opening of three new direct routes that link USA and Colombia. Delta could operate from Atlanta to Cali and Medellin, to which it would fly three and four times a week, respectively.

Accor Hotels expands its presence
Accor Hotels will expand its offer of its Accor Hospitality brand to Latin America, including Colombia. Accor Hospitality is included in the chain’s frequent customer program (Compliments) which allows accumulating points if the client stays in the Sofitel, Novolet, Mercure and Ibis networks. It is probable that Accor will operate this format in Colombia in the mid term.

VENEZUELA
Santa Barbara Airlines increases flights to Madrid
The airline decided to reinforce its operations in Spain by increasing two more weekly flights to its Madrid-Caracas-Madrid route. As from December 9th, the company established six weekly direct frequencies (except on Wednesdays), from Madrid to Caracas with a connection in Ecuador, whilst the Caracas-Madrid route will operate every day except on Thursdays, departing at 17.45 hours.

PANAMA
Continental will maintain frequency to Houston
The manager of Continental Airlines in Panama said that the second frequency that was included as from last January to the city of Houston will be kept during the next year, as it has been carried out during 2007.

MEXICO
The Ritz chain arrives in Mexico
The Ritz–Carlton chain informed that it will construct a 170-room hotel and 185 luxury residences in the center of the Mexican capital, with an investment of US$100 million. The hotel will be operational in 2010.

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