Tourism this week in Latin America


5-star hotels fully booked until March 2008
Due to the increasing demand from tourism, the five-star hotels in Buenos Aires have all their reservations complete until March 2008. The city has become one of the preferred destinations for international high-level tourism, especially from Europe and the United States. During 2007 alone, the income from tourism will reach approximately US$4.2 million.

Iberia will increase connections between Madrid and Buenos Aires
In January, Iberia will increase the frequency of its route between Madrid and Buenos Aires and will offer three new flights in addition to the current twice daily ones. The new flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from Madrid and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from Buenos Aires.

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Combined tourist corridor with Brasil and Chile for tourism
Brasil, Bolivia and Chile will reinforce their integration through the development of a corridor that will link the Atlantic with the Pacific and will promote the economic cooperation between them. The governments of the three countries announced that the 5400 kilometer long corridor will be completed at the beginning of 2009.

Cusco will end 2007 with nearly a million tourists
The External Commerce and Tourism regional director stated that Cusco will close 2007 with nearly one million tourists. This would represent a 20 percent increase with relation to the visits registered in 2006. As he pointed out, an average of 80 to 90 000 visitors monthly were accounted for, which leads to the conclusion that the million will be reached by the end of December.

QP HOTELS commence operations
qp HOTELS commenced its operations with a soft opening in Miraflores under a new concept of “An all Suites Boutique Hotel” with suites according to the standard of the executive and the tourists that like the fusion of the quality of the service with the luxury, comfort and a modern minimalist decoration. qpHOTELS, whose slogan is “A quality place to stay,” will be a chain that will be in the main cities of the United States and its second hotel in Peru will be located in Cuzco.

Quito prepares to be a good host
The New York Times edition, in which Quito is indicted as one of the best tourist destinations for 2008, will be an excellent presentation card that will attract visitors worldwide. According to the Tourism Minister, the naming of the city as the fifteenth most attractive one to visit during the next year is the result of the work that this Ministry carried out during 2007.

American Airlines increase flights from Miami
American Airlines increased its frequency to Colombia from its hub in Miami. The extension includes a new daily flight between Miami and Barranquilla in Boeing 737-800 aircrafts. It also started to offer an additional daily flight between Miami and Medellin, this frequency has remained at eight per week. In addition, it has increased its flights between Bogota and Miami, which are now 21 per week, in Boeing 757-200 and Airbus A300-600.

Bogota is the most attractive Colombian tourist destination
The New York Times recommended Bogota as one of the most important destinations in the world. Following this recommendation, La Cotelco has confirmed “the good tourist moment” that the Colombian capital is experiencing.

Hotel Guarani will reopen its doors
The Hotel Guarani is preparing to reopen its doors after a decade of being inoperative and receive tourists as from the first months of the coming year, with a new façade and some other innovations.

Tam began flights to Madrid
Tam began daily flights to Madrid with Airbus A330, from the Guarulhos International Airport, in Sao Paulo.

Aeromexico flies to Barcelona
Aeromexico links Barcelona with Mexico City twice a week. Departing from the Benito Juarez International Airport, the aircraft will fly towards the El Prat airport on Fridays and Sundays at midday, whilst the return flights will be established on Mondays and Saturdays from Barcelona with destination Mexico City.

Opening of fifth hotel of the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort complex
Barcelo will end 2007 with the opening of its star project, the Hotel Barcelo Maya Palace (Riviera Maya), the fifth hotel that it incorporates, together with the Barcelo Maya Tropical, Barcelo Maya Colonial, Barcelo Maya Beach and Barcelo Maya Caribe, the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort complex.

Riu begins construction of its third hotel
Riu already began the construction of its new property. It is the Riu Palace Pacifico, that will be included in the list of the chain’s properties. Located at 25 kilometers from the center of Puerto Vallarta, it will consist of 484 junior suites facing the Banderas Bay, offering an All Inclusive service. The opening would be for October 2008.

H10 Hotels open two hotels in Maya Riviera
H10 Hotels opened two five-star hotels in Maya Riviera, the H10 Punta coral and H10 Punta Turquesa situated in the sea front in the Puerto Morelos reef.

Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is now providing visitors with front row seats to see humpback whales. The humpbacks gather in Pacific waters off the city between December and April, frequenting the calm waters of Banderas Bay to mate and give birth. Numerous Puerto Vallarta hotels and tour operators have whale-watching packages and tours, enabling visitors to get close to the gentle giants. Humpbacks frequently breach, up to once every 40 seconds for several minutes, making them relatively easy to spot. The whales start heading north toward the end of March.

Relaunching of the Mundo Maya route
Tourism from Mexico will relaunch, together with Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras the Mundo Maya route. The promotion is part of the regions’ strategies to promote itself as a complete tourist destination. The five countries work to create synergies among themselves, including the coordination of transport within the route itself. For this they aim at an official airline from Mundo Maya which will connect them between themselves or the implementation of a sole visa.

Cruise season begins
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama have already begun the cruiser season with a very positive Outlook.

Celebrates visit from two million tourists
Cuba celebrated the visit of two million tourists in 2007 and announced the opening of the high season of tourism with the aim of reinforcing a “quality destination.” The Minister of Tourism of Cuba pointed out that the country obtains that amount of foreign visitors for the fourth consecutive year.

Festivities in 2008 will attract tourists
Culture will be one of the most important reasons for trips to Cuba in 2008, especially due to the festivities and traditional celebrations. The director of the Events Department of the Ministry of Culture pointed out that this sector will organize more than 70 events of international importance or with foreign participation.

DR Cancels entry visa for 40 countries
Citizens from 40 countries will be able to enter the Dominican Republic without the necessity of a visa. Tourists that will benefit from this will be those proceeding from Andorra, Bahrein, Belice, Botswana, Brunei, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Fiji, Granada, Guyana, Bouvet Island, Iceland, Heard and MacDonald Islands, North Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Salomon Islands, Kazakstan, Kinbati, Kuwait, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Letonia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Qatar, Republic of South Africa, Romania, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.