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Tourism this week in Latin America  Jan 28, 2009

Iguazu Falls receive tourists with an unusual flow of water
The Iguazu Falls show a higher than usual flow of water due to the intense rains occurring in Brazil. With this additional attraction, the dazzling show that offers the 275 waterfalls in the middle of the jungle has been seen by more than 80,000 people in January.

TAM with four additional flights per week to Miami
Tam increased the number of flights to Miami, from last Monday until March 1st, in order to serve the increasing demand during high season.

Azul is looking for a higher market share.
In its first year of operations, Azul wants to become the third most important company in the domestic Brazilian market. The low cost strategy will be used against the giants TAM and Gol, that dominate 92 percent of the Brazilian air traffic market.

LAN selected as the best airline in Central and South America.
For a third year in a row, the magazine Global Traveller awarded LAN as the best airline in Central and South America. This distinction was given based on the opinion of more than 31 thousand readers of this magazine that took part in the survey to select the best companies in luxury and business trips during 2008.

Sky Airlines would fly to Lima
Sky Airlines would be interested in the route Santiago–Lima, as an aspiration to start growing, beginning from the neighbouring countries. “Argentina is a possibility and Peru is the natural step of an airline that wants to begin its international operations”, according to the airline.

BoA Delays the beginning of its operations
Boliviana of Aviation would not start to operate by the end of January, as it was expected. The arrival of the first B737-300 of the company has been delayed due to administrative problems, which would make it difficult to comply with the initial take-off date. The company is also waiting for the certificate that would certify it as an airline carrier.

The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is going to close because of maintenance works.
Starting February 1st, the transit through the Inca Trail that leads to Machupicchu will be closed for one month in order to do refurbishment, conservation, cleaning and adequacy to roads works and camps. These works have been done since 2002, according to the Regulations for the Use of the Inca Trail.

The Inca Trail to Sacsahuaman will open to tourists
Starting in February the Inca Trail of the Archaeological Park of Sacsahuaman will be open to tourists. This circuit goes farther than the visit to the monumental zone of Sacsahuaman, which is what is allowed today by the tourist ticket of Cusco. The new aspect of the tour is the visit to the Inca Jail, located in Kallachaca, located more than 3 thousand meters of altitude. There are constructions built in carved stones; precincts forming a ceramic workshop, colcas with burned corn, which shows an evidence of funeral offerings and niches that would have been occupied by mummies.

JW Marriott builds a hotel in Cusco
The JW Marriott Hotel is building a five star hotel in Cusco, which will be located on the ground of the former Saint Augustine Monastery. It expects to start operations at the end of 2010 and it will have 144 rooms, 6 luxury suites, bar , restaurant, meeting rooms, a business centre and a Spa.

The San Agustin chain would open 4 star Hotels in Trujillo and Puno by 2010.
San Agustin Hotels would open to 4 star Hotels in Trujillo and Puno by 2010, as an step of its expansion and consolidation process. There will be a 110 room hotel in Trujillo. During that year, it is expected the construction of a hotel by the shores of Lake Titicaca. Talking about the Hotel in el Chaco La Puntilla , in Paracas (Ica), it is programmed for the beginning of next February and should be finished in July of 2010.

Quito will host the 2009 Orchids Universal Expo
Starting February 4th until the 8th, the Itchimbía Cultural Centre will be the scenario of a fantastic and diversified exhibition of orchids from Ecuador and the World, where there will be delegations from more than 12 countries. The Expo will be open to the public from Thursday February 5th until Sunday February 8th.

Aviatur gets into the hotel business
With an investment close to 14,000 million pesos, the company is entering the corporate hotel Business with the construction of its first Avia hotel in the country, the Avia 93. It is going to have 40 rooms, restaurant, a spa and parking spaces. The constructions works have already started and it will be located in the park of the 93 in Bogota.

TACA will star again its flights to Cartagena – Mompox
Taca announced that it will start, before one month from now, the operation of the route Cartagena – Mompox, after reaching an agreement of the necessary support for the re opening of the San Bernardo Airport, closed for more than six years.

Estelar began its expansion with a hotel in Arequipa (Perú)
Estelar hotel chain began its international expansion with the beginning of the management of a hotel in Arequipa (Perú). The hotel, under the name Lago Estelar (Estelar Lake), has 52 rooms, four saloons of special events with a total capacity of up to 1,000 people, a restaurant, 10,000 m2 of green areas, swimming pools and a business centre. The international expansion will continue with the opening of a hotel in Panama, and, in Colombia is expected the grand opening of the Estelar Villa de Oro, the second hotel in the city of Medellin. The opening is expected for May.

Santo Domingo invests US$ 45 million in a new terminal in Sansouci
US $45 million were invested in the modern terminal of the Port of Sans Souci, which was inaugurated recently, and included the renewal of the Port of Santo Domingo and dredging works.

A new terminal is opened in the Punta Cana International Airport
The newest passenger terminal was opened in the Punta Cana International Airport with a total cost of US$ 9’883,465, distributed between construction and equipment. This is the first airport in Dominican Republic that has installed the “Common Use Self Support” system approved by IATA, which will allow the users of the system to choose the airline from a simple kiosk, where they will also be able to print their plane tickets as well as their luggage tags.

Aeromexico could suspend flights to China
Even though a final decision has not been taken, Aeromexico reported that it would suspend its operations to China temporarily starting April 20th.

Mexicana de Aviación will fly between Mexico and Madrid
Mexicana de Aviación will start flights between DF and Madrid on February 11th, with a daily frequency both ways. The route will be operated by two Airbus A330with a capacity for 211 passengers, 163 in tourist class and 48 in Elite Class.

Hotel Capacity grows in Cayo Coco
The hotel capacity in Cayo Coco, included in the tourist Packaged of Jardines del Rey( The King’s Gardens), increased with the opening of a new 320 room hotel. The Blue Bay Balconies, owned by the Gaviota Group, shows the introduction of the Spanish company Hotetur in the region. It has a four star category and has 154 suites, distributed in two floor bungalows, besides other recreational facilities. In this way, this destiny has now 3,900 rooms, distributed among 13 hotels and villas.

Tourism this week in Latin America
Photograph by Rommel Gopez

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