Tourism this week in Latin America

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Record numbers of tourists

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Record numbers of tourists
The summer season in the Southern peninsula started with good perspectives, with expectations for Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay to receive a record amount of local and foreign tourists. In Argentina, the resorts of the Atlantic Coast, with Mar del Plata in the lead, await a season which will exceed the activity of the 20.2 million tourists received during the past summer throughout the whole country. For 2008, Uruguay expects a record increase in Brazilian tourists and a marked increase in Argentinians. Chile foresees that during January-March of 2008, 700,000 foreign tourists will visit the country.

Closes 2007 with a record number of visitors
Buenos Aires closed 2007 with 2.3 million foreign visitors, 40 percent from neighboring countries, but also with a strong presence of Europeans (22.5 percent) and the rest of America (27 percent).

Austral will fly to Chile and Air Comet Chile to Argentina
Air Comet Chile requested authorization to fly to Buenos Aires, in so far as Austral already has the approval to fly to Santiago of Chile. Both companies could begin flights in March.

Sky Airline is authorized to land
Sky Airline informed that it already has the authorization to go to Argentina and that the destinations will be Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Mendoza. It also added that they are already flying to Arequipa, Peru and now they are aiming at Lima.

Tourism recovering
The Ministry of Tourism published official figures on the amount of tourists who visited the country in 2007, which reflect a 2 percent increase with respect to 2006. Said activity brought in US$ 800 million during 2007.

Treaty with Japan
The Ministry of Tourism and the Institute for Japanese Cooperation signed a treaty. It is the second stage of the Uruguay-Japan project, which seeks to promote the arrival of Japanese tourists to Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. They will work on of the arrival of an airline from Japan and the completion of a tourist package. The Ambassador of Japan suggested the possibility that Japan airlines arrive at San Pablo and Montevideo.

Government establishes fewer taxes for hotels
The government published the Provisional Decree 413 that foresees acceleration in the depreciation of consumer goods. With this measure, hotels will pay less income tax.

Beginning of shared code agreement with LAN Peru
Recently, TAM and LAN Peru began the implementation of their shared code agreement, which will permit TAM passengers to connect with LAN Peru flights to different destinations within Peru, as well as for LAN Peru passengers to fly to different Brazilian cities that are part of the TAM network.

Construction of the Radisson begins
The construction of the Radisson Maceió hotel of Atlantica Hotels International, which will have 195 rooms, has begun. The establishment will become functional in 18 months.

Air Comet announced new routes
The general manager of Air Comet Chile and Aerolineas Argentinas announced the route to Puerto Natales as well as to Arica and the aim of arriving at Easter Island. Furthermore, they are studying Osorno and Copiapo to begin flying there before the end of 2008.

LAB recovers confidence of travelers
LAB continues to operate charter flights while it awaits the renewal of its Commercial Certificate to renew flights with a regular itinerary.

BoA will begin operations in April
Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA) will begin its operations at the end of April. At first it will cover local routes, mainly on the principal routes and later the secondary ones will be served. In the long term, BoA will begin to fly the international routes that are no longer covered by LAB, such as Madrid, Miami, Colorado, Argentina, Chile and Brasil.

Number of foreigners that entered the country increases by 8.9 percent
The number of foreigners that entered the country in November 2007, amounted to 182,806 people, which is 8.9 percent superior to that registered in the same month in 2006. The foreigners that entered during that month mainly came from Chile (31.4 percent), the United States (19.4 percent), Ecuador (9.9 percent), Spain (7.2 percent), Argentina (4.9 percent), and Bolivia (4.5 percent), among others.

LAN Peru will arrive in Brazilian cities
The passengers of LAN Peru will be able to arrive at Bahia, Fortaleza, Recife, Florianapolis and Iguazu thanks to the shared code agreement with TAM that will soon be put into practice. The passengers of TAM will be able to fly to Cuzco and Arequipa, with more of the country’s cities included at a later date.

Clabe Andina would construct four 5-star hotels
The group evaluates the construction of four five-star hotels in the next four years, after having consolidated its first hotel Sumaq Macchpicchu in Aguas Calientes. The possible projects would be located in the Urubamba Valley, Cusco, Arequipa and Puno.

ETM 2008 has begun
The Executive Committee of the Bolsa Internacional de Turismo del Ecuador, BITE, is fulfilling a busy agenda as the organizer of the most important commercial touristic event, Ecuador Travel Mart 2008, which will be held in Cuenca from April 19th to the 22nd. The fair will bring together wholesale and small scale tour operators from the main markets of the five continents for the commercialization of the touristic services of Ecuador.

Fifth most attractive country of Latin America in 2010
The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism said that in 2010 Colombia will be the fifth most touristy country of Latin America, increasing the number of international tourists to 4 million and generating a great impact in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), because of the 100 percent increase in the actual level of income for this concept.

Air transport of foreign tourists increased by 13 percent in 2007
According to the statistics of Civil Aviation, the Colombian air sector had a good year in 2007, with increases in the transport of local and foreign tourists. The increase in the transport of foreigners was of 13 percent and of 8 percent in local transport.

Easyfly reinaugurates Santa Ana de Cartago Airport
The airline inaugurated the Bogota-Cartago-Bogota route. After six years without passenger transport, the Santa Ana de Cartago Airport reopens its doors to locals and tourists who wish to choose air transport to this city. It is expected that 7,730 passengers will use the airport in this first year.

Cruise tourism will be promoted
Panama expects the arrival of 300,000 travelers from cruises for the 2007-2008 period, with a ship expected every 15 days, foreseeing the arrival of at least 135 craft of this sort. Each passenger spends approximately US$95 during their brief stay.

Agreement with China to promote tourism
Canatur signed an agreement between Costa Rican and Chinese authorities to promote tourism from the Asian country towards the Central American one.

7.4 million tourists arrived in 2007
The Mexican Caribbean received 7.4 million tourists during 2007, 60 percent of which were foreign visitors. This figure exceeded the 5.9 million tourists who visited this country in 2006 by 24.9 percent. This sector received an income of US$5 billion from the visitors.

This month, Delta begins direct flights between Queretaro and Atlanta
Delta pointed out that in the middle of this month it will begin direct flights between Queretaro and Atlanta, with a frequency of five weekly flights.

30 new establishments until 2010
Starting this year and continuing until 2010, Cuba plans to construct 30 new hotels to include more than 10,000 rooms to the island’s tourist infrastructure.

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