Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA Another increase of 18 percent authorized for air transportation costs A little more than a month after the last adjustment granted to improve local companies’ incomes, the government decided to authorize another increase of 18 percent, on average, for air transportation fees. LAN adds frequencies to Rio Negro in July and August

Tourism this week in Latin America

Another increase of 18 percent authorized for air transportation costs
A little more than a month after the last adjustment granted to improve local companies’ incomes, the government decided to authorize another increase of 18 percent, on average, for air transportation fees.

LAN adds frequencies to Rio Negro in July and August
LAN announced that in winter it will add frequencies on the route to San Carlos de Bariloche, operating up to seven daily flights from the Jorge Newbery Airport.

Air Comet will fly five times a week to Madrid
As of September 15th, Air Comet will offer five weekly flights – from Monday to Friday- between Buenos Aires and Madrid, planning to reach one daily flight towards the end of December.

Aerolineas Argentinas cancels flights due to ash
Aerolineas Argentinas suspended Austral’s departures of from the Bariloche and Esquel airports due to the ash plume of the Chilean crater

Iberia about to return
Iberia may be about to resume operating out of Paraguay, since the negotiations with Dinac are at such an advanced stage, said the assistant director of international operations in the plenary framework of the Foro de Conectividad (Connectivity Forum), adding that Iberia would be expanding one of the services which it offers from a point in South America in Paraguay.

Beginning in July, TAM will operate new air route with Cuba
As of July a new air route will be opened between Sao Paulo and Havana through an operation led by the tour operator Sanchat Tour and TAM, in collaboration with Havanatur.

Luxury train began operations
Great Brasil Express, the first luxury train in the country, began operations this week on the route from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls. The package includes air, ground and railway transport, as well as accommodation and meals. The service will be offered until the end of the year with set departures.

Website launched to market touristic offer was created with the goal of being the first platform for the touristic commercialization of national wine, and is 100 percent oriented towards wine tourism. The site offers the option to reserve and purchase touristic visits to Chilean vineyards online at the same value as if they had contracted them directly with the winery, from anywhere in the world.

Ski resorts count on good season after first snowfalls
Ski resorts dismissed the possibility that the season would begin late this year, since the amount of fallen snow will be sufficient for skiers.

LAB – AS sign agreement
LAB and AS signed a strategic alliance to optimize management, reduce costs and offer a better and more accessible service to customers, announced the presidents of LAN and AS.

European business sector demand would encourage entry of new airlines
The increase in the demand from the European business sector for direct flights to Peru could encourage the entry of new airlines into the country, LAP stated. The pressure asserted by German, English and French businesspeople on the airlines to establish direct flights with Peru could result in a greater amount of direct connections between the these countries.

Expansion of passenger terminal at Jorge Chavez airport will be inaugurated in November
In the first half of November, LAP will inaugurate the expansion of the passenger terminal in the Jorge Chavez International Airport with an investment of US$42 million.

Star Peru suspends flights definitively to Chiclayo and Trujillo
Star Peru informed that as part of the reforms and improvements being carried out by the airline, it definitively suspended flights to Chiclayo and Trujillo. It also announced that it began flights to Cajamarca.

Hotel Monasterio of Cusco among the most luxurious of South America
For the second consecutive year, the hotel Monasterio of Cusco was placed second among the most luxurious hotels in South America, according to the ranking drawn up by the quarterly travel magazine, Ultratravel.

Minister of Tourism inaugurates first stage of the Santa Barbara Touristic Corridor
The minister of Tourism inaugurated the First Stage of the Santa Barbara Touristic Corridor project which includes touristic attractions from three regions of the province of Azuay: Gualaceo, Sigsig and Chordeleg.

US$570 thousand investment to rehabilitate Quito-Duran train
The Ministry of Tourism will contribute US$570,000 this year for the rehabilitation of the Ecuadorian Railway Network on the Quito-Duran route. Among its priorities, the government established the rehabilitation of the Ecuadorian Railway Network as a necessity, thus intensifying the works on the Quito-Latacunga leg, which will be inaugurated on June 25th.

Easyfly to have hub in Medellin
In six months of operations, the company has opened seven routes from Bogota, with destinations to Arauca, Armenia, Ibague, Neiva, Yopal, Cartago and Barrancabermejia. Easyfly would open routes from Medellin to Apartado, Monteria, Pereira, Bucaramanga and Barrancabermeja.

Country seeks to consolidate medical tourism as one of its most appealing products
The Colombian government will work intensively to strengthen and promote medical tourism. Colombia will put all its efforts towards gaining patients from all over the world, so that they can visit the country and take advantage of the competitive advantages of the health sector: esthetic, ophthalmologic and dental medicine.

Negotiating more flights to Liberia
The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (Costa Rican Tourism institute, ICT) is negotiating the arrival of more direct flights from Europe to the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. The Minister of Tourism confirmed that for this purpose, he is in talks with the main airlines of the European markets (Germany, Spain, England and France), for the country. Only First Choice airline flies directly from London to Liberia once a week.

Nikki Beach will invest US$200 million in hotel for celebrities
The international hotel chain Nikki Beach will invest US$ 200 million in the construction of a hotel “for celebrities” on the island of Roatan, in the Honduran Caribbean. The hotel “will not only be five-star, but also luxurious for celebrities.”

Aeromexico to fly to Tegucigalpa
Aeromexico will expand its services to Tegucigalpa. Its figures reveal that 42 percent of passengers that board planes at the Ramon Villeda Morales airport in San Ramon Sula (Honduras) are from the capital.

Revisions will be intensified
As of Friday, international passengers arriving in the country by air from Central and South America, but who take connecting flights to reach their final destination in Mexico or abroad, will have to submit their hand luggage and documentation to an additional revision to the one undergone at the airport of origin.

New routes opened from airport
The director general of Alma de Mexico airlines announced that as of June 2nd, the company will begin flights to Aguascalientes, Bajio, Puebla and Torreon from the Toluca airport. In July, another six will be added to Ciudad Victoria and Manzanillo, among others.

Wedding segment increases by 12 percent
Each year, Sol Melia Cuba welcomes more couples who wish to make their wedding a romantic experience at a passionate destination. In 2007, the Spanish company’s hotels and resorts held 1,070 weddings in this country, which represented an increase of 12 percent in comparison to the previous year, whereas the income associated with this service increased by 10.8 percent.

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