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Tourism this week in Latin America

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Temporary closing of Viedma Airport

Temporary closing of Viedma Airport
Until 14th of April the Gobernador Castello Viedna Airport will remain closed for all kind of operation because of maintenance works in the maneuvers area. Its operations will be transferred to the Bahía Blanca Airport.

LAN with self check-in service in Jorge Newbery Airpark of Buenos Aires
Using a new service of kiosks supplied by AA2000 located in Sector A, LAN set the self check-in service up in Airpark. LAN not only has a Web check-in service in, but also the Kiosk allows the passengers to choose their seat, to print a boarding card and to save time by dispatching the luggage in an agile way.

TAP with new flights to Buenos Aires via TAM
The flights to Brasilia will also have connection to Buenos Aires in code shared with TAM, to offer three points of connection between Brazil and The Argentina´s capital.

FSA will construct four hotels
First South American Investment announced that four new hotels will be constructed in Argentina: in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and in the southern and northern locations of the country. Also, it added a project of the first class offices where US$ 15 million will be invested in a corporative hotel destined to cover the need of accommodation for the local companies’ employees.

Esplendor Savoy Rosario opened its door
The Fen Hotels chain invested US$4 millions in the redesign of the old Savoy Rosario hotel. The new establishment was reopened with the name of Esplendor Savoy Rosario and added to two last Fen Hotels inaugurations in Buenos Aires and the first hotel that was opened in Asunción, Paraguay.

Amerian opens new hotel
With a US$15 millions investment, Amerian chain opened a new hotel in San Luis’ suburbs. The establishment, higher than four stars, has 50 rooms. For 2010American has other two openings programmed in Neuquén and Rio Hondo (Santiago de Estero).

BOA carried out its first commercial flight
Yesterday, after having accomplished its permission to do commercial operations, Boliviana de Aviaciones carried out the first flight. The inaugural flight between La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz was done on Sunday and yesterday the commercial operations began with a fee lower in 10 percent than that determined as reference. In the next days the frequency will increase to three daily flights.

Peru will be promoted through Facebook, Youtube, Flickr and Twitter
Peru undertakes a new promotional strategy where its tourist attractions have presence on the main virtual social networks like Facebook, Youtube, Flickr and Twitter filling the vast information in the official site of tourist promotion for the exterior of PromPeru.

TACA began direct flights to Havana
TACA began its flights to Havana, Cuba, with three weekly flights. The passengers of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, alongside Peruvians will be benefited by this flight that is projected as one of the favorites in order to access to this tourist destination by excellence.

Andean Explorer and Hiram Bingham among 25 best trips in the world by train.
The International Railway Travelers society published a list considering the 25 best trips in the world by train. Peru is presented by the Andean Explorer and Hiram Bingham, the first one travels the route between Cusco and Puno and the second one travels the route between Cusco and Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu). In order to create this list, the organization was based on the experiences of writers, publishers, members and staff of the IRT.

Sonesta five stars hotel will be inaugurated
In July, the Colombian GHL chain will inaugurate the Sonesta Savoy five stars hotel located in La avenida el Sol, in Cusco. Last year the chain bought the Savoy Hotel through Joint Venture with the intention to convert it into a Sonesta category hotel and operate it. The chain invests more than US$ 4 million in the redesign of the hotel. Although the exterior of the building is maintained, inside everything is being modified.

Ecuador is among the eight best educational destinations
Ecuador was chosen among the eight best educational destinations to be visited in the world. One of the characteristic that was considered in the evaluation was the fact that the country has four worlds (regions): Coast, Andes, Amazon and Galapagos, which allow an exotic exploration in a short time. The selection is made by Discovery Student Adventures within its new world program of educative trips.

Ícaro will fly from Manta to Galapagos
Ícaro will cover The Manta-Galapagos route and vice versa during Easter. At this moment in time, the day and the time of the charter flight are coordinated.

Tame will increase frequencies
Tame is analyzing to add a new frequency (at noon) to Guayaquil and a flight to Macas in the mid afternoon. In addition, it plans international flights on the Cuenca-Piura route that is a pending project since a time ago. The three frequencies will be accomplished by the incorporation to the fleet of the three new Turbo Propeller airplanes. The first will arrive to Cuenca in June.

LAN negotiates code shared with Tame to fly to Galapagos
6th of April, LAN Ecuador will begin its domestic flights in the country, beginning the same ones in the route that joins Quito to Guayaquil. Being authorized to enter Galapagos with a daily flight, it also negotiates with Tame to establish agreement of code shared in that destination. Due to this, the airline could commercialize the route, but the flights would be carried out in a Tame´s airplane.

Travelers with USA visa and Europeans of the Schengen space will be able to travel freely
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua will allow the free transit of travelers who have USA, Canada visa or European countries that integrate the Schengen space. This measure will be applied to the four members of CA-4 group and will benefit travelers from about 70 countries.

Carnival anticipates decrease in Mexican destinations
Carnival Corp. waits for a slight decrease of its business in destinations to Mexico during 2009, due to the global economic recession. The company had a loss of 15% in its Caribbean routes in the two first months of the year, meanwhile in the Pacific the same levels of 2008 are kept.

Air Comet will begin operations in Benito Juarez Airport
The next months, Air Comet will arrive to the facilities of Benito Juarez International Airport of the Mexico City. The arrival of the airline is due to bilateral agreements that exist between Mexico and Spain and as well as to the capacity that the airport has mainly in Terminal 2.

CAP Cana announces the construction of two hotels
Cap Cana announced the construction of two new hotels of luxury next to the AmResorts International company in its facilities in the east of the Dominical Republic, for that purpose, an investment of more than €147 millions will be destined. The Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts and Pure Secrets Resorts & Spa Hotels will be finished at the end of 2010 and they will be located in two privileged places.