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Tourism this week in Latin America  Feb 04, 2009

LAN adds third frequency to Salta
LAN adds a third frequency to the city of Salta. The flight leaves Aeroparque arriving at the Martin Miguel de G√ľemes Airport. The local manager reported that the morning and even flights are still maintained, and that the service is done by an Airbus 320 with a total capacity for 168 passengers.

Sofitel remodels the Buenos Aires hotel
The Sofitel chain announced an investment of US $ 1.2 million in order to remodel its Sofitel Hotel located in Buenos Aires. The funds were used for the renewal of the gym’s area, which includes the purchase of new machines and Italian equipments. The Hotel also announced that it will return to its membership program for clients in general during this year.

The Mate Museum is born in Buenos Aires
The Nation’s Tourism Secretary presented the Mate Museum, which will be opened in the city of Tigre. The Museum will have a collection of more than three thousand pieces as well as a tour of the history of the Mate, from its discovery until today. The smallest mates in the world will also be exhibited, mates and historical crystal bulbs, books about the mate, old musical instruments with matera pumpkin and other pieces made with mates.

Surpasses 300 thousand foreign visits in January
312,000 foreigners have entered Chile during the month of January. This number shows an 8 percent increase compared with the same month in 2008. lo que representa un aumento de 8 percent con respecto al mismo mes de 2008. It is expected that by the end of the austral summer, the Lumber of visits should reach 750,000.

TAP will link Moscow with Sao Paulo starting in June
TAP will fly five times per week starting in June, linking Moscow and Lisbon with Sao Paulo. This new connection will generate an important increase of Russian tourism to the country.

Machupicchu will be the scenario for a Werner Herzog’s documentary
Werner Herzog is in Cusco filming a documentary in the Vilcanota River. Herzog reported that Peru is the best country where he has been able to do these movies. This documentary talks about an anecdote that happened in the 70s in the area of Machupicchu.

Bird watching in the Pomac’s Forest
The Historical Sanctuary Pomac’s Forest offers an excellent opportunity for economic progress for Lambayeque with the promotion of the specialized tourism of bird watching. This place concentrates a wide variety of birds that can only be observed in that area. The birds that stand out are the hornero or chilala, the putilla, the chisco as well as the Peruvian cortarrama.

XX Adventure Sports Festival 2009
During February 28th and March 1st, the XX Adventure Sports Festival 2009 will be held in Lunahuana. Canoeing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking are some of the Sports that will be done in this important event.

Chinese entrepreneurs will Guild a 2000 bedroom hotel
A group of Chinese entrepreneurs would be interested on building a 2000 bedroom hotel in Cusco. If this project becomes a reality, it will be the biggest hotel in the country.

2.5 kilometers of Chan Chan city walls in Trujillo are restored
After a long period of work, 2.5km of the perimeter walls of Chan Chan were restored. In the following months, the restoration works will be done with different projects and budgets in order to maintain the city.

Juliaca’s Carnival will be transmitted live through the Internet
The Juliaca’s Carnival will be transmitted live through the Internet. The website se will be in charge of transmitting this important event.

Ecuadorean Airline interested on entering the North of Peru
Tourism Galapagos expressed its interest to operate in Peru, mainly in the Northern zones of Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Piura and Tumbes, which are part of the Bi national Technical Committee Peru‚ÄďEcuador. The proposal has been taken favorably by the authorities of the Peruvian Technical Committee that work in the tourism sector.

Guayaquil will have three new luxury hotels
The construction of the new Swissotel Guayaquil will start soon. It will have 35 floors, parking lots, saloons for special events, swimming pools, apartments and everything related to the hotel activity. This Hotel will be the second in the country, because there is one operating in Quito. It will also have a gymnasium, spa and a restaurant. It is considered that with this new hotel, the tourism in this city will increase by 35.5 percent.

Macondo will be the new touristic product
The town of Macondo, the place of the famous novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, will be used by Colombia to promote the virtues of the Caribbean zone of the country. The Corporation Tourism Cartagena and the Colombian Association of Authorities of the Colombian Caribbean will present the products Macondo Route and the Natural Caribbean of the Promotional Touristic Fund, during the first semester of 2009. The new product will connect seven departments of that Colombian region: La Guajira, Magdalena, Bolivar, Atlantico, Sucre, Cesar and Cordoba.

Caribair suspended for infringing civil aero nautical regulations
The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation confirmed the suspension of the airline Caribair for one year due to violations of the law and the Dominican aero-nautical regulations, due to the fact that it did commercial flights like private. The Institute reported that, since the company received its license as an aero nautical operator, it has been suspended up to 15 days and has also been intervened for periods up to 3 months.

Mexicana prepared to land in Spain
Mexicana will arrive in Spain in February 12th with daily flights, operated by its new wide cabin airplanes A330, which continues strengthening its expansion and growth plan, consolidating its presence in the European market.

Melia Las Americas leader in golf
Melia Las Americas led the practice of Cuba by concentrating 46.4 percent of the rounds that were placed in the 18-hole camp of Varadero during 2008. In this way the hotel, conceived only for adults from the age of 18 years old, consolidates as an specialist in this demanding segment. Melia Las Americas is the only hotel with direct access to the Varadero Golf Club, an 18 hole camp, Par 72, with 6,269 linear meters (6 856 yards) of path between the first tee or exit and the green 18.

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