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“Aerolíneas Argentinas” got second B737 Next Generation

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“Aerolíneas Argentinas” got second B737 Next Generation
“Aerolíneas Argentinas” got its second 737/700 Boeing directly acquired from Boeing under the investment plan context targeted to strengthen their services.

“Punta del Este” stands out in the nautical cities circuit
Marbella and Punta del Este promote the creation of a nautical circuit that brings together 10 of the principal world tourist destinations which are characterized by having an intense water sport activity. Municipal authorities from Uruguay included the ten top cities of the world, as to tourist destination and as nautical tourism destination, in the international circuit. Besides these cities, they proposed to include Miami. Likewise, Dubai would be on the list. Later on, a city from China, Greece, Italy, France and Germany, having these characteristics will be added.

Sighting of right whales in Santa Catarina
In the Right Whales Environmental Protection Area at Praia do Rosa (Santa Catarina), everything is ready to receive visitors since July 19, when the 2009 Whale Observation Season starts. The municipal government, businessmen, hotel owners and the whole local community are again confident that tourists will choose them to practice this kind of sustainable tourism that is growing year by year and that, besides promoting local Economy, helps to create environmental awareness among visitors.

Gol plans to fly to the Caribbean
Gol is studying the possibility of starting flights to the Caribbean and is therefore waiting for the respective authorizations to fly to Aruba and Dominican Republic, what represents an important change in their South America routes net. Recently, they suspended their flights between Santiago and Lima; in June flights between Sao Paulo and Bogotá changed from daily and direct to four weekly frequencies with scale in Manaos. As to flights between Sao Paulo and Santiago, the airline reduced their seven weekly flights offer to two on Saturdays and Sundays, but keeping their daily frequencies with scale in Buenos Aires.

BOA increases operations
“Boliviana de Aviación” started a new route to the department of Tarija, 860 Km to the South from La Paz. With this one, four destinations are attended by the company, also operating between the capital, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

Titicaca and Amazonas are shaping up as finalists of the New World Wonder Contest
Titicaca Lake and Amazonas River are in the first places of their respective groups, according to the last ranking published by New Seven Wonders foundation. Titicaca continues on top of Group F (rivers, lakes and waterfalls category), same as Amazonas in group E (forests, national parks, and natural reserves). Likewise, Colca Canyon keeps the second place in group D, referring to caves, rocks formations and valleys.

Soon, the Desert and Southern Sea Museum will be opened in Tacna
The Desert and Southern Sea Museum, located in Km 92 of Tacna seaboard road, will soon be opened for tourism exhibiting important archaeological collections, historical documents, biological species, geological samples, as well as natural and tourism resources of Tacna and the whole country.

Lan Peru started daily flights to Madrid
Since June 23, LAN Peru increased frequencies from Lima to Madrid to operate seven weekly flights. Furthermore, from the capital of Spain, connections with other European cities such as Paris, Rome and Frankfurt will be available with LAN Airlines Flights.

Tourism excessively grows in Galapagos
Arrival of tourists in Galapagos, located at 1,000 km from continental Ecuador coast, has increased since 1979 when 11,765 tourists: 9,539 foreigners and 2,226 domestic arrived to the archipelago. In 2008, 173,420 persons: 119,952 foreigners and 53,468 Ecuadorians arrived. That is, tourists’ arrival increased 1,472% in three decades.

Escobar Ranch will have a hotel
Napoles Ranch, belonging to Pablo Escobar has foreseen for 2011, to open a hotel on-site. Likewise, they will make use of the 1.280 m landing field – same which Escobar used to export cocaine – so that lots of foreign tourists arrive by airway.

SBA Airlines postpones flight to Panama
For operative, commercial and technical type reasons, the first flight of SBA Airlines was postponed for August 1st. Due to the high demand of travelers to Panama and within a growth plan, the airline will open a route Panama-Caracas-Panama in a 757 Boeing with capacity for 178 passengers. There will be two daily frequencies, excepting on Saturdays with only one flight.

Interactive map for whales sighting is being prepared
Panama National Geographical Institute is making the first interactive map for whales sighting in Latin America. The purpose is to order investigations and contribute to preserve these mammals. This digital plan will be broadcasted through an internet portal so that everyone traveling to Panama may be able to know where and when the humpback whales, the most abundant among those visiting the central American country, may be made out.

Guidebook of small hotels at Maya Riviera is published.
The Maya Riviera Small Hotels Guide book includes a short description of 92 accommodation centers at Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum, as well as its location and contacts data. The guide book was made out of recycled paper, as well as the other leaflets designed by Maya Riviera Promotion Trusteeship. With simple format, the leaflet permits to quickly see small hotels offers. Though its content is short, it includes the basic characteristics to correctly choose the accommodation center that complies with the tourist requirements and expectations. The guide book, in Spanish and English, is a tool that will be used in fairs, tourist caravans and expositions as the Tourist bulletin and Mexico Magic Trade Show, event where small hotels directly present the tourist offer of Maya Riviera.

There will be a new airport in Palenque
Before ending the third quarter of the year, Airports and auxiliary Services and the Government of Chiapas will start building a new Airport in Palenque, which will substitute the airfield which is practically abandoned: In 2008 only 2011 passengers were transported. The new terminal will be in conditions to receive 767 Boeing and 330 Airbus airplanes.

Sol Melia receives two recognitions for environmental stewardship
Paradisus Río de Oro Hotel, a five stars resort with 300 rooms that Group Sol Meliá has in Cuba, received two recognitions for their work on environmental stewardship. The hotel got the ‘Travelife Silver’ qualification award, bestowed upon them by TUI tour operator in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and the Environment Provincial Award of Cuba Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA for its abbreviation in Spanish).

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