Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA GPS helps tourists cross Patagonic zone

Tourism this week in Latin America

GPS helps tourists cross Patagonic zone
An innovative project is put into practice to cross the Patagonic zone. It is a system with tourist topics of interest for GPS platforms and is acquired with a chip in the car rental companies, through which alternative routes and non-traditional trips are offered without tourist guides to be in the region.

There are already 65 hotel boutiques in Buenos Aires
There are 65 hotel boutiques in Buenos Aires and in the future three more will be inaugurated during this year. 27 of them are located in Palermo, 15 in San Telmo and the rest among Las Cañitas, Nuñez, Recoleta, Monserrat, Almagro, Balvanera, La Boca, Boedo and Belgrano

Among the 20 best places for 2009, according to Condé Nast Traveller
Uruguay is in number 16, together with destinies like Amsterdam, Chile, Chicago, Madagascar, Malta, Panamá, Vietnam, among others .It was done an excellent description of the country. The publication describes it as the smallest Spanish speaking country, as well as the safest in Latin America.

Tourists will have preferential treatment during the 2009 edition of the Rio Carnival
Tourists who are located in Sector 9 of the Rio Sambadrome during this year’s carnival will have all the comforts needed to enjoy the parade of samba schools. 60 bilingual professionals will be in the place to receive the 719 thousand tourists expected for the event. It is expected earnings of US$521 million only from the movement of visitors in the city during the carnival.

TAM asked for new frequencies to Chile and Uruguay
The National Civil Aviation agency is evaluating 7 new frequencies to Chile and 14 to Uruguay as well as a third one related to the addendums to the shared codes agreements signed with LAN Airlines and LAN Peru.

Cruises will leave extraordinary earnings
The arrival of cruises will leave important earnings to its economy. The passengers from ships like “Star Princess” or “Queen Mary II” spend approximately between US$40 and US$70 per day. It is predicted that 39 ships will have arrived until the month of April. “Discovery”, “Celebrity Infiniti”, “Marco Polo I y II” and “Nippon Maru” are considered among them.

Awasi rewarded with the “2009 Tablet Hotels Selection Award”
Tablet Hotels, world leader in the advice and selection of hotel boutiques, unique and luxurious all over the world, announced that Awasi was rewarded with the “2009 Tablet Hotels Selection Award”. This prize, presented for the first time this year, recognizes Awasi’s excellence in terms of service and infrastructure as well as travellers satisfaction, maintaining consistently a 17 out of 20 in an on line survey for the visitors who have been in that property.

Does not expect a significant reduction in tourism due to the crisis
In spite of the world economic crisis, Peru does not expect a significant reduction for 2009. Peruvian authorities express optimism about the development of foreign tourism in the country. However, there is a “fear” abroad because there is no certainty about future income.

The Colca Valley received more than nine thousand tourists in January
The Colca Valley received 9,144 tourists in January, a 31 percent increase compared to the same period last year. This important increase in tourism to this area is due to the intensive promotional campaign in order for the Colca Canyon to be selected as one of the seven natural wonders in the world.

Foreign tourism increases 100% between 2003 and 2008
Colombia had an average growth rate of 18 percent during the last four years. This percentage meant that the country went from 624,990 foreign visitors received in 2003 to 1.2 million in 2008. It is important to note that there are more visitors to Colombia that come by sea. During the first quarter of 2008, the passengers who came on cruise ships had an increase of 172 percent.

Decameron plans an investment over US$25 million in order to strengthen operations
Decameron will increase the number of hotels in Barú, the Atlantic Coast, Cabo de la Vela, the Guajira, Tota, Boyaca, Bogotá and another one in Mompichen (Ecuador), with a new focus of its Business towards the corporate and Business tourism. The Baru Hotel will be opened in December and will have 330 rooms, a conventions centre with a total capacity of 600 people.

Reduces its seats offer for Aruba, Curazao and Panamá
The Nationa Institute of Civil Aeronautics suspended the issuance of permits to operate non-scheduled flights to destinations such as Aruba, Curacao, Panama or Margarita. The demand of Venezuelan Tourists has turned, for the Carnival season, to places like Cartagena, San Andrés or Santa Marta in Colombia as well as other places in Central America, including Panama.

Old Guatemala selected as the Best City in 2009
Old Guatemala was selected as “The Best City of the Year 2009” by the magazine Wanderlust during the London Destination Travel Show fair that ended recently. Old Guatemala won the first prize of its category , beating the city of Kyoto in Japan and the city of Boston in the United States that won the second and third place, respectively, as well as more than 600 destinations from all over the world.

Aeromexico increases its destinations
AeroMéxico increased new destinations inside its network of national connections. Flights from Toluca to Guadalajara and Monterrey, as well as from México to Tampico, San Luis de Potosí, Ciudad Victoria, Nuevo Laredo, Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Huatulco, Lázaro Cárdenas, Tepic and Colima will be operated between March and July, through AeroMéxico Connect. The company has been offering since the end of January two weekly non stop flights between Las Vegas and Ciudad de México. Two routes have also been inaugurated inside the United States, Denver and San Francisco, and will fly soon to Toronto (Canada).

New IHG hotels
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reported that it will open this year 21 hotels in the country despite the current economic crisis. This hotels are part of the 62 hotels that the chain is planning to open in the next three years.

Hotel Copacabana returns
After having completed the first stage of its current redevelopment with 44 rooms, this hotel is one of the best known hotels for its inspiration in the Brazilian culture and music, and the excellent position in a coastal strip, near the Cuban National Aquarium.

RIU will open a new hotel in 2010
Riu Hotels & Resorts is preparing the opening, expected for the summer of 2010 of a new hotel in Cuba. It will have 1,110 rooms. The Riu Varadero, located in the beach, will offer the ‘All Inclusive by RIU’ service and it will have a main building of one floor and connecting buildings. It will also have theme related restaurants, a ‘lobby bar’, a theatre bar, two ‘snack bars’ in the swimming pools zone and two aquatic bars. The hotels will also have two swimming pools, a children’s pool and a solarium terrace.

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