Tourism this week in Latin America

Hotel chain in expansion
The hotel chain Amerian announced the opening of four establishments during the next two years. The first will be completed in June 2008 in Puerto Iguazu. It will be a hotel which will require an investment of US$10 million. For the second semester of 2009, the opening of hotels in Santa Rosa (La Pampa), Neuquen and Termas of Rio Hondo is expected.


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Hotel chain in expansion
The hotel chain Amerian announced the opening of four establishments during the next two years. The first will be completed in June 2008 in Puerto Iguazu. It will be a hotel which will require an investment of US$10 million. For the second semester of 2009, the opening of hotels in Santa Rosa (La Pampa), Neuquen and Termas of Rio Hondo is expected.

Trump chose Punta del Este
Donald Trump chose Punta del Este for his first real estate venture in South America. This project implies an investment of US$ 70 million and will consist of three 17-storey towers located between the Brava and Mansa beaches.

Signs an air agreement with Mexico
The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Paraguay and Mexico signed a bilateral air transport agreement which aims at promoting cooperation and exchange in the commercial aviation field.

Varig will fly to Mexico and Spain
The airline hopes to arrive in Spain, Mexico and Uruguay in January, after resuming its operations to Chile with a daily flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago.

Open Sky agreement with Dominican Republic
Chile and the Dominican Republic signed an open sky agreement that will allow promoting the traffic of passengers between both countries. Both parties agreed to open all the air operations without limitations of air traffic rights between both and third countries. There will be no limitations in the number of frequencies, or the locations to be operated, and there will be ample rights to transport as much cargo as passengers between both countries.

Sky Airline direct to Iguazu
As from January 19th, Sky Airline will fly to the Iguazu Falls and will offer an All Inclusive program. There will be weekly departures including 7 night accommodation in Foz Iguazu, with breakfast, lunch and dinners, travel assistance coverage, transport from the airport and excursions. The flight will depart from Iquique, with destination to the Puerto Iguazu Airport, Argentina. The travelers from Antofagasta and Calama will connect directly with this flight, without needing to disembark in Santiago for the international connection.

LAB about to renew its operating license
LAB now only requires applying for a technical inspection to obtain the renewal of its operative license. The airline complied with all the necessary requirements to obtain the license for another five years, only having pending the application for the technical inspection of its facilities, aircraft and flight personnel, a necessary requirement for renewing operations.

Amazons implement tourist circuit of the falls
Next year, the Regional Direction of Foreign Commerce and Tourism intends to implement a tourist circuit which will only include the beautiful falls located in this department. The Tourism regional director stated that the circuit would include the Gocta, Churuja, Chinata, Yumbilla, Corontachaca falls, among others.

Facilities for hotels
Congress approved a directive whereby special measures would be adopted in 2008 to facilitate the expedition of building, extension or restructuring licenses of accommodation establishments, qualified as four or five star hotels, or that expect to acquire those categories. This initiative is aimed at promoting tourism in the country.

Hotel chains from the United States would invest in Pimentel
Pimentel’s mayor stated that a few days ago several North American businessmen from the accommodation and entertainment investment sector arrived in town. These businessmen are interested in investing in that area and plan the construction
of high quality accommodation buildings aimed at beach and pleasure tourism.

Spanish Hotel chain NH is planning to enter the Peruvian market
The chain foresees entering the Peruvian market during the next year. The company would foresee entering not only Peru but also Bulgaria in 2008. During this year, the hotel chain entered Poland and Colombia. Likewise, the company also wants to open hotels in London, Paris and New York, similar to the one which it has in Milan under the Nhow brand.

Presentation of Ecuador Travel Mart ETM 2008 in Puyo
The chairwoman of the International Show of Tourism presented in Puyo, province of Pastaza, her star program: the Ecuador Travel Mart ETM 2008, Rueda de Negocios which will take place in Cuenca in April.

Aerogal began operations towards Miami
The airline began its operations with a flight departing from Guayaquil to Miami. The inaugural flight was the first of an Ecuadorian company to the United States after more than ten years.

First agency for the gay community in Bogota
Duo-ravel, business unit of a well-known travel agency of Bogota, offers programs so that homosexuals can visit Colombia or any other destination in the world. It is the first agency in Colombia to be accredited with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), the most important organization worldwide dedicated at promoting all the business ventures of the LGBT community through tourism.

Avianca with more flights for the end of year
Avianca increased the service in the Cali-Madrid route from two to four weekly flights. This measure was adopted thanks to the renegotiation of the bilateral agreement between Spain and Colombia a few weeks ago, where not only Avianca’s frequencies were increased, but also Iberia’s and Air Comet’s. The Civil Aviation authority of Colombia notified the company of the approval of the Bogota-Frankfurt and Bogota-London routes, destinations to which the airline had already flown but had left due to financial problems. The airline’s pretension to fly to Paris was postponed for the next audience.

Sonesta Chain will construct three hotels
Sonesta, in a strategic alliance with GHL Hotels, announced an investment of US$70 million for the construction of hotels in Bogota, Barranquilla and Cartagena. It will construct a 127-room hotel in Bogota, located in the 127 street with carrera 15. The Hotel Sonesta Barranquilla, which will have 113 rooms, will be constructed in the new development area of the Atlantic’s capital, the Buena Vista area. The Sonesta Cartagena hotel, which will operate under the name of Seaway 935 and will consist of 100 rooms and 100 apartments, will be managed by the GHL Hotels group, under the franchise of the North American chain.

Tourism will grow by 12 percent
The strategy of the System of Central American Integration (Sica) of promoting six countries as one under the name “Central America: so small….so great…” has had good results in the European Union. For the closure of this year, the Sica estimates that the region will receive 7.86 million tourists.

Wyndham Set to Open First Hotel
The Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand will fly its first flag in Panama with the conversion of the 301-room Veneto Hotel amd Casino in Panama City to the Veneto, A Wyndham Grand Hotel. The introduction of the Wyndham brand in Panama is part of the brand’s strategy to pursue flagship Wyndham hotel properties in key international and gateway cities.

Crowne Plaza Brand Gets its Big Break
InterContinental Hotels Group announced that the Holiday Inn San Pedro Sula has become the Crowne Plaza San Pedro Sula. The 122-room, 15-story Crowne Plaza is the first in the country of Honduras and is located in the city of San Pedro Sula and close to the city’s main tourist destinations.

Mexicana will fly to Calgary
As from June 1st of next year, Mexicana de Aviacion will operate the City of Mexico-Calgary flight, in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.

Delta Air Lines will begin flights to Queretaro
The commercial director of Delta Air Lines informed that as from January 14th, 2008, the airline will fly between Queretaro and Atlanta, beginning operations with five weekly flights, with a capacity for 700 passengers on the route. Queretaro will be the 19th destination in Mexico and will connect the State with different international flights, via the Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

Prepares high season of tourism
The Cuban infrastructure is preparing for the present high season of tourism, with the expectation of growing in approximately 7.5 percent in relation to the previous season. According to the sector’s authorities, the aim is to attract 1.3 million visitors.

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