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Tourism this week in Latin America

Tourism this week in Latin America  Sep 23, 2008

Boca Juniors to build luxury hotel
The sports club Boca Juniors presented the “first theme hotel in the world,” named Hotel Boca By Design Suites, whose creation will be carried out by Grupo Solanas. Hotel Boca will be located in the San Telmo neighborhood, and construction will begin in one month. The projected investment is US $15 million.

Indian hotelier to build 5-star hotel in Iguazu
The Indian hotelier, Shristi, will built a 5-star hotel at Iguazu Falls as part of its entrance strategy to the Latin American market. The project will follow eco-sustainable parameters with a state-of-the-art building, thus fulfilling holistic precepts and Indian tradition.

New flights to Rio Gallegos with Lan
Beginning November 1st, Lan Argentina will add three new flights to the Rio Gallegos region. The company will offer four weekly flights, which will depart from the Jorge Newberry airport on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Return flights from the Patagonian terminal will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Revolving house is tourist attraction in Cordoba
A revolving house, located in the community of Cordoba, was restored in order to become one of the main tourist attractions in the city. The residence, whose restoration cost US$ 33,000, has a complex mobile system that allows it to turn, an entrance hall with a chimney, three bedrooms, one kitchen and two bathrooms.

First cruise ship arrives in Ushuaia
With the arrival of the cruise ship “Mar Australis” in the port of Ushuaia, the new cruise season 2008-2009 was inaugurated in Tierra del Fuego. The ship left from Puerto Navarino, Chile, with 105 passengers and 46 crew members. Among the visitors are South Americans, Australians and passengers from the United States.

Pluna to have direct flights as of November
Starting in November, Pluna will operate direct flights to all its destinations in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, and on October 29, it will begin its frequencies to Asuncion. Consequently, it will cover 9 daily frequencies over the air bridge with Buenos Aires and one between the Argentine capital and Punta del Este, which will increase to two on weekends. They will also offer two daily frequencies to San Pablo, one to Santiago de Chile, three daily direct flights to Rosario and four to Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Asuncion and Cordoba.

Daily Rio-Lima flights evaluated
Taca’s head of sales for Rio de Janeiro announced that the possibility of operating daily flights to Lima and vice-versa is being evaluated due to the 70 percent occupancy registered by the company for flights on this route with a frequency of 4 times per week.

Azul may invest in airports
Azul may consider participating in the construction of a new airport in Sao Paulo and in the privatization of two others. According to the information given, these airports may be Galeao in Rio de Janeiro and Viracopos in Campinas.

Airplanes sold to Montenegro Airlines
Embraer sold an airplane to Montenegro Airlines for US$ 39.5 million. The Brasilian company maintained that the agreement with the Montenegrin airline also includes options for the purchase of another two airplanes. If everything is confirmed, this transaction could reach US$ 118.5 million.

New publicity campaign launched
“Peru, a living legend” (“Peru, vive la leyenda”) is the slogan that PromPeru has launched as part of its new publicity campaign. The new slogan and its development respond to a rigorous field investigation by PromPeru which revealed that the country is positioning itself as being essentially historical, natural and authentic. This campaign will be dispersed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

New “Inca fish” trail
The Regional Chamber of Cusco will launch a new trail named the “Inca Fish Trail.” To make this trail possible, several organizations will join together to carry out the project, which begins in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas and ends at the Inca Port (Arequipa), and passes through 24 towns in four departments.

Lan Peru connects the country with new routes
Lan Peru implemented new destinations within the country. For example, in June, operations to Tumbes were initiated, in September daily flights to Cajamarca began, and they also covered the Tacna-Cusco route. This means a greater operation than Lan’s operation in Chile. Furthermore, the airline may also be evaluating the possibility of opening a new route between Iquitos and Miami.

New ecological airport in the Galapagos Islands
The airport on the Galapagos Islands will be transformed into the first ecological air terminal in the world, and will thus reduce the environmental impact on the area declared “in danger” by UNESCO. For this purpose, an investment of US$ 20 million is planned which will be made by the Argentine consortium Corporacion America, which was awarded a concession for 15 years.

Guayaquil airport to close in November
From the 5th to the 24th of November, from 12 am to 8 am local time, the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil will suspend its operations due to the complete restoration of the runway and taxiway repairs. Airport authorities have asked for the collaboration and understanding of the operators as well as their clients.

New airport in Guayaquil
The Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development released a favorable report for the implementation of the new Guayaquil airport. The report has been presented after three years of studies in which an automated system of meteorological samples was used. The new terminal will have three runways for simultaneous operation.

Carondelet Palace open Tuesday to Sunday
Visits to the Carondelet Palace can now be made from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm. During the tour, visitors will be able to enter the different rooms of the house, such as the Banquet Hall, where there are three crystal lamps from Peru. In Carondelet, four guides are in charge of teaching visitors about the charm and secrets of the Presidential Palace. The tour receives groups of up to 20 people, lasts around 45 minutes, and is free.

Hyatt arrives in the coffee-producing country
The Hyatt hotel chain will soon begin construction of a complex of almost 350 rooms in Bogota. The hotel complex, which has an investment of approximately US$ 100 million, will be located on Avenida El Dorado, and will have a convention center, a spa, two restaurants and a bar.

Hotel Sheraton inaugurates new tower in Cali
With the goal of doubling its offer, the Four Point Sheraton in Cali will inaugurate its facilities’ new tower this week. The organization’s directors hope that Cali will become a business and tourism sector.

New flights from France as of November
Beginning in November, there will be 24 weekly flights arriving to the Dominican Republic from France, announced the country’s Secretary of Tourism. Of these flights, 22 will be regular and 2 will be charter. The regular flights will be operated by XL Airways, and will depart from the French cities of Lyon, Nantes, Marseille and Paris, and will arrive at the international airports at La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.

Tourism this week in Latin America

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