Tourism this week in Latin America

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Tourist arrival grew by 15 percent in 2007
The arrival of foreign tourists grew by 15 percent last year, reaching the amount of 2.2 million visitors. Most tourists to visit Argentina during 2007 came from Brazil, the United States, Chile, Spain and Italy.

British Airways will fly daily from London to Buenos Aires

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Tourist arrival grew by 15 percent in 2007
The arrival of foreign tourists grew by 15 percent last year, reaching the amount of 2.2 million visitors. Most tourists to visit Argentina during 2007 came from Brazil, the United States, Chile, Spain and Italy.

British Airways will fly daily from London to Buenos Aires
As of October 26th, the airline will fly daily from London to Buenos Aires.

Arrival of tourists grows by 17 percent during the first days of January
The influx of tourists during the first two weeks of January grew by 17 percent, with respect to the same period in 2007, with the arrival of 68,425 visitors.

TAM began Caracas-Brazil flight
TAM began its Caracas-Brazil flight, with a daily frequency, which has an advantage in comparison to its main competitor Varig, in that it has two stopovers during the seven-hour flight.

OceanAir signs agreement with Mexicana
OceanAir finalized an agreement with Mexicana to distribute its passengers in a wider range than Mexico City, thus being able to connect for destinations such as Acapulco, Cancun, Guadalajara and Merida, among others, in Mexicana flights.

TAP New destinations
TAP will operate five weekly flights between Lisbon and Belo Horizonte as of February 11th; as of this date it will offer 65 weekly frequencies between Portugal and Brazil. They will also offer the new route between Porto (Portugal) and Salvador, starting at the beginning of April.

British Airways will return to Rio
The airline will once again have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro from London, three times a week, starting October 26th.

New five-star hotel
BBVA Real Estate has on file millionaire projects in Chile for its 47 hectare property located in the Las Tacas area in the Coquimbo Region. It involves an initial investment of approximately US$15 million.

LAN Arrival in Brazil is a priority decision
The president of LAN affirmed that their arrival in Brasil is a “priority decision since, objectively, due to its size, the Brasilian market is always going to be of interest to us. However, the method and the opportunity have to be considered.”

AS begins to operate with charter flights
Aerolineas Sudamericanas (AS) began flights with charter flights between Santa Cruz and La Paz. The company will receive the authorization to begin regular flights from the Superintendency within 10 and 15 days.

TAM has a new aircraft
In Bolivia, TAM Mercosur employed for the first time an Airbus-320 with a flight that departed from the Jorge Wilstermann international Airport with destination Asuncion, connecting to Brasil, the United States and Europe. This was the first time that the TAM Mercosur Airbus has carried out a commercial flight in Bolivia.

Projects that two million tourists will visit the country
This year two million tourists are expected to arrive in the country, this amount being superior by 11 percent to that registered in 2007. This would mean an approximate income of US$2.2 million for the concept of receptive tourism.

Orient Express invests US$4 million in receptive tourism
The chain announced that it will inaugurate a five-star resort in the Cañon del Colca in April. The investment is of US$ 4 million.

NH Hotels aims to enter the country in three years
The chain plans to enter the country in approximately three years with a hotel project which will be located in Lima.

Cuzco aims to be the pioneer department of luxury tourism
Cuzco aims to be the pioneer department in the area of luxury tourism and boutique hotels, having complied with all the required conditions, declared the general manager of the Hotels of Peru Society.

Web site for tourism
More than 10 tourist plans are being commercialized on a travel agency’s web site, which is seeking to formally place the country on the international tourist map of the LGBT community.

Joint promotion in the USA and Europe
The Central American Tourism Association will open an office in the United States for the joint promotion of the region and there will be a joint effort in the tourism fairs of Europe.

Coffee producing cooperatives will open new tourist complex
This month, the Coffee Producers Cooperatives Consortium of Guanacaste and Montes de Oro R.L. will open a new tourist complex where the qualities and characteristics of coffee will be displayed. This group of nine cooperatives puts to use the installments of what used to be the Tilaran Cooperative (Coopetila), which declared bankruptcy in July, 2005.

Opens all-inclusive hotel
Hilton Hotels Corporation opened its first establishment in Costa Rica, the Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica, with an all-inclusive system, with 202 rooms.

Passenger movement during 2007 increased
The Benito Juarez Ciudad de Mexico International Airport mobilized 25,881,662 local and international passengers in 2007, with a 4.7 percent increase with respect to the 24,727,296 passengers in 2006. From January to December of last year, 16,592,422 local passengers and 9,289,240 passengers from other parts of the world used the capital’s airport.

Private investment increases
Private investment in Mexico’s tourist industry increased by 11.12 percent during 2007 compared to 2006. The amount of the investment was of US$ 3,463 million, of which 56.24 percent came from Mexican capital and 43.75 percent from foreign investors.

New AeroMexico terminal
AeroMexico inaugurated its new Terminal 2 in the International Airport of Mexico City, which will allow it to expand its range of services, offering greater circulation with its different levels in its arrivals and departures areas and an Aerotren system for connecting flights between terminals.

Record growth in tourism
Governmental authorities announced an income increase of 18.4 percent, as well as an 8.4 percent increase in the number or foreign tourists that visited Guatemala during 2007. The income that the tourist industry generated amounted to US$1,199 million. Last year, 1,627,552 tourists visited the country.

Opens the Edenh Real Arena
The Edenh Real Arena, situated in the Punta Cana area, is already operative. This becomes NH Hotels’ first establishment in the Dominican Republic.

Jetblue begins operations
Jetblue Airways began its operations between the John F. Kennedy Airport of New York and the General Gregorio Luperon Airport of Puerto Plata.

FITCUBA 2008 May 5th to the 9th
The historical Morro-Cabaña Park of Havana will reopen its doors to the 28th edition of FITCUBA 2008, the most important event of the tourist industry in the biggest island of the West Indies. From May 5th to the 9th, professionals and visitors will enjoy the varied offer that characterizes Cuba as a tourist destination.

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