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Tourism this week in Latin America  Sep 10, 2008


Marriott International announces four new hotels for its Latin America region
Marriott International has announced five new hotels for its Latin American region, spanning its upscale Marriott, moderate-priced Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn for extended-stay travelers brands. The hotels are: 135-room Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil, Ecuador, opening in 2008; 138-room Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo, Suriname, opening in 2008; 144-room Courtyard by Marriott San Pedro Sula, Honduras, opening in 2010; and 160-room Cuzco Marriott Hotel, Peru, opening in 2010.


AeroSur begins flying between Tucuman and Santa Cruz
AeroSur began flights between Tucuman and Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia, from which passengers will be able to fly to Miami or Madrid. In addition to those destinations, it will be possible to make connections to continue on to Bolivia, Panama, and the cities of Bogota, Lima, Cusco, Asuncion and Sao Paulo.


LAN presents new Premium Economy class
LAN has developed a new class for its passengers traveling on regional flights beginning September 15. The ‚ÄúPremium Economy‚ÄĚ class will offer more space in the cabin and will prioritize time efficiency during the different legs of the trip. Among the advantages, besides check-in through, it offers preferential check-in, access to the VIP lounge, boarding when desired, and priority at disembarkation and baggage claim. In addition, it grants a mileage accumulation of 125 PERCENT for LANPASS members. LAN will offer Premium Economy on its routes to and from Santiago to Buenos Aires, Guayaquil, Quito, Lima, Sao Paulo and Montevideo. From Lima, clients will have access to it for their flights to Quito, Bogota, Medellin and Sao Paulo.


Festival of Gramado to have 30 participating countries
The Tourism Festival of Gramado will be held from November 13 to 16 in the Serra Park Event Center in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Approximately 30 countries will participate, among which are Italy, Ireland, Israel, China, the United States, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Great Britain and Cuba.

Continental Airlines to fly between Rio and Houston
Continental Airlines will begin direct flights between Rio and Houston, although it has not yet confirmed if there will be 3 or 4 frequencies per week.


World Tourism Day 27 September ‚Äď New UNWTO Carbon Neutral Tourism Website to be Launched
World Tourism Day is to be held on September 27, 2008 with the Host Country: Peru. Celebrations include September 24-26, Lima - International Conference on Tourism and Handcrafts, September 27, Lima - World Tourism Day THINK TANK, and the launching of a new website:, a web site with the mission to be the central gateway for information on solutions available to help the tourism sector respond to climate change. Users can learn about Climate Solutions that are available and to share their own, and to access resources such as RSS feeds, useful links and a Climate Solutions wiki.

Inca wall discovered in Historic Center of Cusco
An Inca wall was discovered at a depth of more than one meter during renovation works on Marquez Road, located two blocks away from the city square. According to investigations, during the Inca period the wall formed part of the route of the Capac √Ďari, or Royal Path, which led from the imperial city towards Contisuyo, one of the four regions of Tahuantinsuyo. This is substantiated because the discovered structure continues along the same line towards another important Inca wall of similar characteristics which covers four straight blocks of Santa Clara Road, and which, according to historical references, marked the royal path to the Contisuyo.

Hiram Bingham named the best trip in the world
In the September edition, the Italian magazine Class, dedicated to tourism, will publish a listing of the 12 best trips. In first place is the trip in the Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu. The list also includes the private island of Fregrate, in Seychelles; a trip in a private yacht in the Maldives; a trip by elephant to see the royal tiger in India; a visit to the Metropolitan Museum, with accommodations in the W Hotel in New York; exploring Captain Cook’s atoll in French Polynesia onboard a sailing ship; Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia; being served by a personal chef in Morocco; a photographic safari in the Natural Reserve of Purros in Namibia; the Nord valley and forest in Mongolia; skiing in British Colombia, Canada; and having an astronomer as a personal guide in a tropical resort in Madagascar.

Cuzco Marriott Hotel will open in 2010
Cuzco Marriott Hotel will be managed by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with Inversiones La Rioja. The hotel will be located on a 14,000 square foot site at the intersection of San Agustin and Ruinas, in the heart of Cusco's colonial district. For dining and entertainment, the hotel will offer a casual three-meal restaurant that will accommodate early-risers planning a day-trip to Machu Picchu and an informal, lobby lounge whose ambience will evolve throughout the day. In-room amenities will include high-speed Internet access, two-line telephone with dataport and voicemail, coffee service, mini-refrigerator and oxygen for those impacted by Cuzco's altitude. Recreational amenities will include a fitness center offering a large whirlpool and two treatment rooms. The business center will provide for Internet booths. For conferences and social events, the hotel will have 2,300 square feet of space comprised of one room that will be divisible into two sections and a boardroom.

Discovery of archaeological remains in Colca Canyon, Arequipa
In an untouched area of the Colca Canyon, a scientific expedition made up of Polish, North American and Peruvian specialists discovered archaeological remains belonging to a pre-Incan culture. The excursion, which left last August 21, carried out geological, hydro-geological, hydrographic, speleologic (study of caves and caverns), as well as electromagnetic studies.


Delta Air Lines begins flights from Quito
Delta Air Lines inaugurated 2 new routes- a direct flight between Atlanta and Quito, and a flight between Atlanta and Guayaquil which will be inaugurated on September 19. The decision was taken based on passenger demand. According to Marcelo Costa, the regional manager of Delta, the airline’s other new expansion projects are focused on opening new frequencies in Brasil, direct flights between Bogota and New York, Buenos Aires-New York and Tegucigalpa-Atlanta.


Continental Airlines suspends Cali-Houston route
The managers of Aerocali, a concessionary of the Alfonso Bonilla Aragon airport, analyzed with concern the suspension of the Cali-Houston route on behalf of Continental. The airline announced that it will no longer operate this route, as well as others in Guayaquil and six in Mexico. These decisions were made considering the need to decrease some expenses due to the increase in fuel costs.


American Airlines begins to reduce flights
American Airlines cut back on flights to and from the United States as a consequence of the elevated cost of fuel. Delta Airlines also announced that as of this month it will remove its flight to New York City and will only maintain four weekly operations to Atlanta. However, Jet Blue, Copa and Air Europa announced that they will increase their daily frequencies in order to help ease the seating shortage caused by American Airlines during the low passenger season, which began at the beginning of the month.

Tourism this week in Latin America

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