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Tourism this week in Latin America  Apr 22, 2009

Tourist buses will travel through Buenos Aires
Specially prepared convertible units with capacity for 50 passengers each one, specialized tourist guides and informative material will travel through Buenos Aires and for the first time will officially develop the Tourist Bus circuit, exactly as it happens in the great cities of the world. The service will be done in regular form by means of a predetermined schedule of departures and the circuit will take no more than three hours. The passenger will be able to use the service, getting on and off the bus as many times as they wish at any of the authorized bus stops during the term of force of the ticket.

LAN began flights to Tucuman
LAN Argentina began to fly to San Miguel of Tucuman with an Airbus A320 with capacity for 150 passengers and two daily flights. In this way, Tucuman is added to the group of Argentinian cities to which an airline is flying.

South Africa Airways began direct flights to Johannesburg
South African Airways´ direct flights began between Buenos Aires and Johannesburg, South Africa, with an Airbus A 340-200, two times per week. The airline expects to add one more frequency in July and for the next year the flights will be daily.

Pluna will fly to Trelew two times per week
Pluna will begin its operations to the airport of Trelew with two weekly flights from Sao Paulo via Montevideo.

Pluna increases frequencies between Montevideo and Sao Paulo
From June 21th, Pluna will fly three days per week between Montevideo and Sao Paulo. The company will offer services in the morning, in the afternoon and at night, on Thursdays, Fridays and on Sundays.

Christ the Redeemer will be modernized
The modernization work of the Christ the Redeemer will cost about US$500.000 and would be finished in four months. It includes the modernization of the electric discharge system, waterproofing of the base of the statue and recovery or substitution of compromised pieces of the granite floor and of the handrails..

TAM will fly seven times per week to South Africa
TAM will fly to South Africa with seven weekly frequencies. In the second semester of the year it will begin to fly to Johannesburg and it is already negotiating a code sharing agreement with South African Airways. It indicated that its request to fly to Portugal was approved, the country to which TAM currently flies in code sharing agreement with TAP.

It will join Rio de Janeiro and Santiago
TAM will begin daily flights between Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile, in May 15th. The flight will stop in Sao Paulo and then will directly continue to Santiago. The operation will be fulfilled with airplanes A320 configured with 156 seats, 12 of which are of Executive Class.

Delta Air Lines will inaugurate three weekly flights between Sao Paulo and Los Angeles
On May 21st, Delta will inaugurate three weekly flights between San Pablo and Los Angeles. The airline will start a flight operated by Northwest from Los Angeles to Las Vegas that will directly connect to the flight from San Pablo. Delta plans to operate direct flights from Atlanta to Brasilia from December 17th of this current year.

Starwood will open Hotel W in Santiago on July1st
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide informed that the first hotel of its South American W brand will open its door in Santiago on July1st. The opening was originally prevented to be during the course of this month.

AeroSur received the IATA´s IOSA Certification

IATA gave the IOSA Certification to AeroSur, after the airline satisfactorily approved the certification audit based on the highest standards of quality and operational security at the international level.

Machu Picchu among the 20 best views in the world
The online Yahoo search engine, through its section Yahoo Travel, published the ranking of 20 best views in the world. The review, elaborated by recognized travel writer, Andrew Harper, puts Machu Picchu on the 9th place of the list.

Conde Nast Traveler highlights two Peruvian hotels in the Hot List 2009
In the 13th Hot List ´s version of Conde Nast Traveler , two of ten South American hotels, which are highlighted among the new 140 hotels and resorts that transcend the industry standards, is presented by tow Peruvian excellent establishments: Las casitas de Colca in Arequipa and La Casona Inkaterra in Cusco. The Hot List 2009 will be distributed with the May edition of the magazine.

Star Peru will fly to Talara
From Friday May 19th, Star Peru will begin its operations to Talara via Cajamarca with three weekly frequencies: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and on Sundays. The flights will depart from Lima in the afternoon and stop in Cajamarca in order to continue to Talara and vice versa.

Santa Barbara will fly to Madrid and Tenerife
SBA, old Santa Barbara Airlines, will resume the route Madrid –Caracas-Madrid with five weekly flights the following Monday June 20th. The service will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 241 seats; with this, the offer ascends to 1,205 weekly and 4,820 monthly passengers. Likewise, SBA announced that it will have two weekly frequencies between Caracas y Tenerife.

Lufthansa offers First Class service from Caracas
Lufthansa is operating its Caracas- Frankfurt route with a modern A340-600, which offers the First Class service. The service, which is unique in its type of flights from South American country to Europe, offers 2 meters length seat-bed with computer connection, In-flight Entertainment with the last film premieres, exclusive menus and the best wines.

Mexico launches “Ruta del Tequila”
They launched The Ruta del Tequila, which includes the municipalities of El Arenal, Amatitan, Tequila, Magdalena and Teuchitan in its first stage. Aeromexico will have 6 weekly flights between New Orleans, Mexico City and Honduras The Aeromexico will launch six weekly nonstop flights between New Orleans and Mexico City on July 6th , with connection to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The route represents the first new service of the international flights announced for New Orleans since hurricane Katrina and forms part of the Aeromexico´s energetic plans of expansion for North America.

Breezes Puerto Plata Hotel will stop to operate with that branch from May 1st.
Breezes Puerto Plata Hotel will close its door and stop to operate under this branch, which is belonging to SuperClubs chain. The property will be called Sol de Plata Beach Resort & Spa. The guests who have done their reservations for a posterior date to the first of May, will be accommodated in other Puerto Plata´s own property, and also they will have the opportunity to do a reservation in other installation of the Breezes branch in the Caribbean or cancel their reservation, explained managers of SuperClubs in the country.

Ten hotels are in the 2009 Hot List of Conde Nast Traveler
Conde Nast Traveler´s May edition includes the 13th annual Hot List prepared by famous magazine, which features 140 new hotels and resorts, 50 new restaurants, 35 new nightclubs and 50 new Spas whose design, service and amenities transcend industry standard. Among hotels and resorts highlighted by magazine, ten are South American: Argentina (5) , Brazil(1), Chile (1), Costa Rica (1), Peru (2).

Tourism this week in Latin America

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