Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Golf grows as Argentinean tourist attractiveness

ARGENTINA
Golf grows as Argentinean tourist attractiveness
The executive secretary of the National Institute of Tourist Promotion affirmed that the golf is among the tourist niches of major growth in Argentina and in the United Kingdom and it is one of the main markets in this sector. From Salta Mountains in the north of the country passing by Buenos Aires in the south to the end of the world in Patagonia, Argentina has 300 fields to satisfy all the golfer’s pleasures. Also, there are other 15 courses of first category currently under construction, some of them designed by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman and Marck Adams.

Howard Johnson has expanded
The Howard Johnson chain will place a hotel in Vicente López in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and before the end of the year this will fix other four inaugurations. In Vicente López, the establishment will have 18 floors and 450 rooms and its building will have an investment of US$90 million. For the rest of the year, the chain affirmed openings of new hotels in Formosa, Córdoba, Zapala (Neuquén) and Río Tercero (Córdoba).

URUGUAY
IVA will be returned to tourists
The government approved the returning of 85.97 percent of IVA for nonresident tourists who buy national products more than US$60 in a same shop which will be used or consumed abroad, in Uruguay. The mechanism would be in force in October when the promotion will start to the new summer season. Products have to be labeled with the inscription “Made in Uruguay”, “Uruguay Industry” or other equivalent.

Season of whales seeing began
Uruguay have recently begin officially the season of Frankish southern lands whales seeing, in order to take advantage of cetaceans dozens in the coasts of the east of the country. The natural show will be extended until October.

BRAZIL
Airports of Galeao and Guarulhos will be able to receive A380
The president of Infarero informed that the airports of Galeao (RJ) and Guarulhos (SP) will be adapted to receive the A380. In Galeao, a third floor will be constructed in one of the terminus for passengers and the track will be enlarge, while in Galeao , the track of taxis will be also modified.

Rio de Janeiro wants a U2 for the end of the year
The secretary of Tourism informed that the Coast Guard is negotiating with the producers of U2, a free presentation of the Irish group on Copacabana beach for the end of the year.

Hotel rooms in Isla de Pascua are sold out one year before of the sun eclipse
On July 11th, 2010, a total eclipse will leave Isla de Pascua in semidarkness; this placed is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where there are not more hotel reservations to one year of the astronomical show. The eclipse will get dark during 4 minutes and 45 seconds the Oriental zone of the Polynesia where Isla de Pascua is. The event got excited tourists and scientific inhabitants, around the world, who have made reservations of the 1,500 hotel rooms that the island offers.

CHILE
Caral will double the number of visitors
After the Declaration of the Sacred City of Caral-Supe as a humanity cultural heritage by Uneso, it is expected to double the number of visitors that come attracted to know traces of the first civilization of America placed in the province of Lima, Barranca and it plans to close the year with 90 thousand visitors. Caral belongs to the archaic period late (3,000 to 1,800 years before Christ). This is located in Valle de Supe to 158 kilometers to the north of Lima. This is one of the settlements identified in the valley and it has an extension of 66 hectares approximately.

PERU
LAN will fly to Cali via Quito
LAN PERU adds Cali (Colombia) as a new international destination which people will be able to arrive three times a week via Quito from August 15th in Airbus 319, with capacity for 144 passengers.

TACA duplicates flights to Cusco
Since August 15th, Taca airlines will double its operation to Cusco offering two daily flights from and to Lima. This new flight will leave from Lima at 10:15 am, returning from Cusco at 1:25 pm.

Cadena Aranwa will invest US$36.5 million in five new hotels
The Vice-President of Operations stated that Aranwa Hotels, Resorts& Spas will invest US$36.5 million until 2013 in five new hotels, in the south circuit of the country in the departments of Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Ica, . The company wants to operate seven hotels in the next five years, all of them with a marked health concept and spa. The investment more approach belongs to the construction of a five star hotel in the city of Cusco with 41 rooms and with a cost of US$8 million.

ECUADOR
Galápagos between the 28 finalist of the new 7 natural wonders
The Foundation New 7 Wonders mentioned the results of “The New 7 Natural Wonders of the World” competition. Galápagos Islands and Amazonia passed to the final phase of the competition.

COLOMBIA
International arrivals grow 9.4 percent
Colombia received 638,000 foreign visitors in the first semester, 9, 4 percent more than in the same period of 2008 according to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. According to the minister of industry, these data affirmed that crisis did not stop the tourist growth in Colombia while in the world; the tourism decreases 8 percent due to the current economical crisis

IHG will open six hotels more
To the recent inauguration of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, in the north of Bogotá, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) adds other projects of the signature in Bogotá. The growth plan plans to build between five and six hotels more in Bogotá, another one in Medellín, one in Cartagena and other in Barranquilla.

PANAMA
Hotels will reduce costs until 25 percent
Before the fall of the hotel activity during the first five months of 2009, the government and the private sector consider a contingency plan which contemplates cuttings until 25 percent in the hotel and restaurants prices, besides companies that renders services to tourists. The authority of Tourism from Panama indicated that to this initiative have added 20 hotels, 12 operators of tourism and several gastronomical establishments. It is planed that the respective discount comes into force on August 1st and this will be lasted until October 31st.

COSTA RICA
Riu builds a hotel in the north of the Pacific
Riu invests US$150 million in its first hotel in this country which expects to inaugurate in November on a beach of the north of the Pacific. The five star hotel will have 701 rooms and this will be placed in a land of 380 hectares in Matapalo beach to 285 kilometers to northwest from San José which will be only built in 19 hectares. In the same land it is planned the building of the second level of five star too, under the brand Palace.

MEXICO
Ciudad Mujeres will be the new Mexican spa
Authorities of the zone stated that Mexico plans to build in the Caribbean, a spa with more than 50,000 hotel rooms and dozens of thousand of houses which could compete in Cancún. The plan, to 30 years, is building Ciudad Mujeres, Nuevo Destino del Sol and beaches above 15,500 hectares of lands placed in 25 kilometers to the north of Cancún. Hotels, condominium towers, thematic parks and golf courses will be built.

Tourism this week in Latin America

SOUTH AMERICA
The Inca road system would be named World Heritage before UNESCO

SOUTH AMERICA
The Inca road system would be named World Heritage before UNESCO
Six South American countries will present before UNESCO their advances to a future nomination of The Inca road system (Qhapaq Ñan) as a humanity cultural heritage. National Committee managers of Qhapaq Ñan from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will have a meeting in Lima, between 20 and 26 of this month, with high ranking-official of the Center of UNESCO Heritage in order to carry out this humanity cultural heritage statement in 2011.

ARGENTINA
Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt was elected as the best hotel of the region by Travel+Leisure
Travel+Leisure announced that Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires was elected as the best hotel of the center city and South America 2009 in its traditional ranking “World´s Best Awards”. As well as being number one in Latin America, while Nuevo Clásico in Buenos Aires has the eleven position in “The top 100 Hotels Overall” which classifies the best hotels around the world.

BRAZIL
Three attractiveness continue in competition of the 7 Natural Wonders.
The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha (Pernambuco), The Amazon and the Iguaçú Falls (Paraná) are the three attractiveness from Brazil which continue competing by a place between “The New 7 Natural Wonders of the World” after they were spread in Zurich, Suiza, the names of the chosen places by the foundation “New 7 Wonders” which is the competition organizer. The only attractiveness which Brazil participates exclusively is Fernando de Noronha. The selections of The Amazon and the Iguaçú Falls are shared with other countries.

EL AL is authorized to carry out regular flights
EL AL which was operating from May has already the temporary authorization to carry out three weekly flights between Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv. It is planned daily flights for next year.

Watching season of whales was started
Playa do Rosa, Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Ballena Franca placed in the south of Estado de Santa Catarina started Season 2009 of whales watching, these whales will be able to be seen until October near to the coast approximately to 30m.

CHILE
Air Canada will daily fly to Santiago with B777-300ER
From December 2nd, Air Canada will increase its capacity in its route from Santiago to Toronto and to Buenos Aires when daily flying in its new Boeing 777. The initiative will be extended up to March 28th.

BOLIVIA
Sonesta inaugurated two hotels
Sonesta opened two hotels in the country, in Gran Concepción and in the city of Osorno, in the region of Los lagos. The first one is the first hotel which has a qualification of 5 stars; also it has 120 rooms between them 20 suites, 20 doubles and 80 Kings rooms as well as lounges, meeting rooms, swimming pools, a solarium and a complete gymnasium. The establishment of Osorno is placed in the Plaza Sol de los Lagos Complex, a strategic place of the city because it also includes the casino and several commercial places.

PERU
Casa Kalfu has a new boutique hotel in Puerto Varas
Casa Kalfu is completing the last details for its next opening in December of this year. It will have 14 rooms decorated in a fine way, a first category equipment, meeting rooms, bar and restaurants. The hotel is placed to 100 m of Lago Llanquihue.

The largest recreational park is inaugurated in La Paz
With an area of 21 hectares of green area land, the largest Ecological Recreational Park of Bolivia was inaugurated in La Paz, in the region of Pura, to the north of the Government’s seat city. The fairground has an artificial lagoon, a fiberglass slide, a suspension bridge of 60m, two synthetic grass courts, three cement slides with an average length of 40m, a sport field with sand and a circuit trotters.

Cusco is among the 20 most important tourist cities around the world
Cusco is in the 16th position of the most popular tourist cities in the world, according to an online survey carried out by Travel + Leisure magazine. The Incas City exceed in the ranking to Jerusalem (Israel), Siem Reap (Camboya), Quebec (Canada) and Kyoto (Japan). In that list, the cities of Barcelona (Spain), London (England) and Paris (France) were not included.

Jorge Chavez Airport was nominated as the best in South America
One more time, the International Airport of Jorge Chavez has been nominated as the best airport in South America by the organizers of World Travel Awards which is the competition that highlights excellence in the tourism and travel industry worldwide. Also, Machupicchu and the city of Lima were elected as the best South American destination, and Callao as the best port in the region.

LAN PERU to Cordova since August
LAN PERU will operate from August 5th, five weekly flights to Cordoba – Argentina, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with A319.

ECUADOR
Galapagos Islands are the “Best of the Region”
Travel + Leisure magazine honored the Galapagos Islands with the award of the “Best Island” in the category of Mexico region, Central America and South America, and, with the second place in the category of the “Best Island Worldwide.” This prize is a recognition to the effort and commitment that the National Government has to promote the sustainable management of this important tourist destination.

Aero Cuenca will begin operations in September
On September 14th, Aero Cuenca will begin operating a new airline which will fly between Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja with an Embraer 145, with capacity for 30 people. The base of operations will be the city of Cuenca, with direct flights Quito-Quito-Cuenca, Loja-Loja-Quito with two direct frequencies from Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday Quito-Macas-Quito, Quito, Machala, Quito, Cuenca Guayaquil-Cuenca. Subsequently cross-border flights will be increased to Cajamarca, Chiclayo and Piura, in Peru.

Wax Museum will be ready for the bicentennial
The Wax Museum began its conceptual scenic transformation process. A total of 10 statues will be added to the cultural showground, placed in the Metropolitan Cultural Center of Quito. The 18 existing will be replaced in modified settings. Among the characters that will be included are Simón Bolívar and Antonio José de Sucre.

COLOMBIA
Aero República begins to fly from Barranquilla to Panama, in August
Aero República will start a new flight in the route Barranquilla – Panama which will operate three times a week from August 7th.

MEXICO
Mexico City premieres 38 tourist routes since this summer\
The Mexico City premieres 38 tourist routes designed to promote, value and introduce the capital of this country as a “diverse and attractive” destination. These routes will operate until August 21st, as part of the “Programa Turismo para ti” (“Tourism Program for You”).

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Plays are canceled in all the country

ARGENTINA
Plays are canceled in all the country
“For reasons of force majeure”, plays are canceled during next 10 days in Argentina meanwhile cinemas will postpone premieres. The Argentinian Association of Theater Impresarios announced that it decided to cancel the theater activity in the country during 10 days to help avoiding that the Influenza A virus spreads.

Aerolíneas Argentinas program again direct fights to Trelew-Sao Paulo
The measure is due to the health situation that Influenza A causes and for the alerts that the Brazilian government has been announced to the population of this country. The operation was programmed for September.

Andes will promote Ruta del Vino in its flights
Since this week, Andes Líneas Aéreas and some wine shops from Salta will promote wines of the zone, in the flights of Andes from Buenos Aires to Salta. The purpose is to consolidate Ruta del Vino from Salta as a high range tourist product.

Design Suites was opened in Salta
With an investment of US$ 8 million, the group Solanas opened a hotel of its Desing Suite chain in the city of Salta. The establishment placed in the city center has 51 rooms divided up in nine floors.

BRAZIL
Pluna will fly to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
The Aeronautical Committee authorized to extend to 10, the weekly frequencies for the flights to Asunción and it approved to cover with airplanes and Uruguayan pilots the flight from Asunción to Santiago de Chile which the airline has a share code with LAN and TAM. Besides that, it authorized to flight from Montevideo to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia which Pluna has to submit a formal application.

PERU
TAM expands share code with BMI
Since July 7th, TAM and BMI expanded their share code to include the city of Dublin. By means of this agreement, clients of both airlines in Brazil and Ireland can enjoy simplified reservations procedures, also having a connection with only one ticket for only checking the luggage until the final destination.

Titicaca, Amazonas and Colca between the 77 nominated Natural Wonders
The New Seven Wonders Foundation which is the foundation that organizes the competition announced that Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon and the Jungle of Amazonas were included in the list of 77 nominated from the competition. They were chosen after the end of the vote process on July 7th. The final 28 will be elected by a committee of experts and they will be announced on July 21st. The elected 28 will enter to the final stages until the middle of 2011.

More than 42 thousand of tourist visited Huaca de la Luna in the first three- month period of the year
La huaca de la Luna (La Libertad) received until June, 42,780 visitors, 4 percent of the registered visits during the same period of 2008. La huaca de la Luna was the ceremonial religious center of the mochica mythology also of the construction, la huaca de la Luna is emphasized by having temples which were built and superimposed in different periods.

It is discovered a Pre-Hispanic road in Machupicchu
A group of specialist discovered a Pre-Hipsanic road in the National Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu. This road possibly started from the archeological complex of Wuaraqtambo, it moved upward to the summit of Machupicchu and went down to the Inca citadel. The road discovered is made of stone masonry, approximately it has 1 meter width, walls that supports its slope reach between 4 and 5 meters high and it has a front although, various stretch have brought to a standstill.

Huaca Chotuna – Chornancap Museum will open its doors in 30 days, in Lambayeque
In 30 days, Huaca Chotuna – Chornancap Museum will open its doors; this is placed in the city of Lambayeque, place that will show finds and studies done three years ago to national and international community.

Taca will fly to Cali
Since August 17th, TACA will add to its wide route network in the region of the city of Cali- Colombia, it will offer a direct flight to this city via Guayaquil- Ecuador, four times a week.

ECUADRO
Guayaquil plans new airport
The local foundation, The Airport Authority of Guayaquil, gave definitive studies about the aeronautical feasibility of the future intercontinental airport of Guayaquil which confirms Chongón – Daular zone as the place that meets necessary characteristics for its operation. The new airport will have 3 parallel tracks that will be able to operate simultaneously; one of them will be of 4,100 meters length with international category to be useful to airplanes such as Airbus 380 or Boeing 747-400ER, and the rest will be of 3,500 meters length. All of them will have 60 meters width.

Courtyard by Marriott will be opened in Guayaquil
This month, Courtyard by Marriott will open an establishment in the north of Guayaquil; this establishment will increase the hotels number of four or five star of the city to 11. The hotel offers 144 rooms basically to executive tourism. Courtyard is placed in the economic heart of the city, it means near to centers such as public offices, to the building of the Chamber of Production, commercial centers and other luxury hotels such as Hilton Colon.

COLOMBIA
IHG plans to operate eight hotels in Bogotá
After the inauguration of Holiday Inn Express in the north of Bogotá, Managers from InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) informed that this chain has planned to open six hotels more of this brand in the capital, in medium term, meanwhile Medellin, Cartagena and Barranquilla plan to develop new projects which allow them to continue with their positioning. Also, IHG plans to open one Holiday Inn and one InterContinental in the capital of the Republic.

VENEZUELA
Aeropostal would return to The Caribbean
Aeropostal informed that it reincorporated the fourth DC9-50 to its fleet as a part of a reactivation plan that in medium term, it desires to recover international routes beginning with the Caribbean.

MEXICO
Definitely Aviacsa is canceled
The government cancelled Aviacsa operations due to debts that are not paid off of US$ 22 million by tax concepts about the use of the overhead space which the company must pay before flying again. The cancellation was taken after a judge left “without effect” a judicial protection in favor of the airline granted in 2008.

Grupo Xcaret opens new park in Cancun
Grupo Xcaret opened a new park in Cancun, Quintana Roo, where it invested US$ 22 million. The new project named Xplor is an underground park which allows visitors to submerge in a sea of stalactites and stalagmites also navigate a raft by underground paths, land on water after a flight in the jungle or drive an amphibious vehicle. New facilities have a capacity of 1,200 people and are looking for turning into one of the greatest attractiveness of the resort.

New connection from Maya Island Air to Belice since Cancun
Maya Island Air opened a new direct connection between Cancun and Belice. The beginning of operations is supported with the resolution of Foreign Affairs Secretariat which came into force on July 1st and eliminates the visa requirement to enter to Mexico for residents from Belice. The shuttle service started with three aircraft ATS from French manufacture with capacity for 68 passengers each one of them; they will offer a daily direct frequency.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Tickets for the Patagonian Train are already for sale.

ARGENTINA
Tickets for the Patagonian Train are already for sale.
The Patagonian Train is selling tickets for next winter vacation. This year will have only one frequency on Fridays returning on Sundays.

Lan Argentina will join Córdoba and Lima
From July 12th, LAN Argentina starts its flights from Córdoba to Lima. It will have two weekly frequencies from Monday to Sunday and it will be carried out with A 320 aircrafts.

South African Airways has one new frequency between BUE and Johannesburg
SAA added one new frequency between Buenos Aires and Johannesburg flying in that way on Wednesday, on Fridays and on Saturdays with 340-200 Airbus with 24 seats in Business Class and 226 in Economical Class.

BRAZIL
Rotary Club International Meeting, in 2015, in Sao Paulo.
So Paulo has been chosen to be venue of the Rotary Club World Convention in 2015. Last time that the city had this event was in 1981, registering a total of 17 thousand people of 94 countries. Icca estimates that in 2015, 40 thousand people will attend.

It is opened the first Central of Express Tourism
Brahma Bar and Sao Paulo Circuit inaugurated the first unit Central of Express Tourism in Sao Paulo Capital; this will bring total information service in Portuguese, English and Spanish. The first unit is placed on the corner of Av. Ipiranga with AV. Sao Joao in Brahma Bar. The city will open new kiosks with live attention also auto- assisted or online in bars and commercial centers. The first kiosk in a commercial center will be inaugurated at the beginning of August in Frei Caneca Shopping and then in the O Torcedor Bars placed in Plaza Charles Muller and in the Bar Brahma Aeroclub in Campo de Marte in the north of Sao Paulo.

American Airlines renewed its lounge in Guarulhos
American Airlines completed the Admiral Club Lounge renewal at the airport of Guarulhos. This is located in Terminal 2, in the D of the mezzanine level, now has 6,621 square feet and with a space for more than 220 passengers. The lunge shows a combination of luxury with practicality to offer a business center highly functional, television flat screens, high speed Wi Fi and a good selection of wines and liquors, children lounges between other comforts.

Delta Airlines started flights between Sao Paulo and Los Angeles
Delta started flights without scales between Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) and Los Angeles, USA three times a week.

BOLIVIA
Lab and AeroSur flight together
Civil Aeronautics General Direction approved the agreement between Aerosur and Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano to operate the flight Boeing 727-200 of LAB. The agreement establishes six months hire of duration with the possibility of extending the contract by other time similar to the navy that will carry out only national flights.

PERU
Ciudad Sagrada de Caral is declared a Human Cultural Heritage.
UNESCO declared Ciudad Sagrada de Caral as a Human Cultural Heritage during meeting number 33 of the World Heritage Meeting made in Sevilla, Spain. The meeting indicated that Ciudad Sagrada de Caral meets the integrity and authenticity principles in the monument conservation and that the management system implemented is suitable.

More than one destination has potential to turn into World Heritage
Peru has innumerable natural and archeological places with potential to turn into world heritage emphasizing Cañon del Colca in Arequipa, some churches from Ayacucho and the city of Cajamarca because of its cultural landscape that this represents. Also, Señor de Sipan and Huaca Rajada where the monarch from moche was placed and the Complejo Arqueológico El Brujo and Huaca del Sol y la Luna in Trujillo, among others.

Cusco will be fashion center in September
Cusco will be fashion center during the competition carrying out “Cusco always fashion” last week of September. This event is for the first time carried out and it intends to insert Cusco in the circuit of international fashion showing the best of the national designers’ young productions.

Taca Airlines started direct flights to Santo Domingo
Taca started direct flights between Lima and Santo Domingo with three times a week frequencies on Wednesday, on Friday and on Saturday.

Start Peru started daily flights to Ayacucho
Start Peru started daily flights to Ayacucho. Soon, the airline will join Ayacucho and Cusco with two weekly flights Lima – Ayacucho – Cusco. At the end of 2009, it is expected to finish with the fleet renewal also having Bae 146 airplanes.

PeruRail cancels operations on July 8th
PeruRail will cancel its operations on July 8th via Machupicchu and Puno as a precaution measure before the possibility of manifestations that could affect the travel experience of its passengers. PeruRail will give facilities to passengers that ask for them so they can plan again past or future days of July 8th, for passengers who can not travel in a different date, the price return of the bought tickets will be carried out.

COLOMBIA
Marriott will open its first hotel in August
The first, Hotel Marriott has scheduled its inauguration in August 15th. This will be placed in Bogotá Corporate Center in the west of the capital. On the other hand, JW Marriott is under construction in the north of the capital, this will be opened in May 2010.

Avianca y Mexicana de Aviación with shared codes
Avianca y Mexicana de Aviación renewed an agreement of shared code through this alliance, airlines “ offers to its passengers more options to arrive to key points of Colombia and Mexico also gives major facilities to its trips in its routes.

Aero Republica joins Cartagena with Caracas
Aero República inaugurated the route Cartagena-Caracas-Cartagena that started with three weekly direct frequencies. Besides that, the airline added its flights in the route Cartagena-San Andrés-Cartagena to one daily, at the same time it launched its fifth daily frequency between Bogotá and Cartagena.

MEXICO
Cruises are reactivated in Costa Maya
The operations in the terminal maritime Costa Maya, in Majahual were renewed since Wednesday and up to December 31st also 58 cruises arrive, this is already confirmed.

Aeroméxico will fly to New Orleans
Aeroméxico started its operations in the route Ciudad de México-New Orleans being this, the only international airline to fly in a direct way to this city. New flights will be operated by Aeroméxico Connect in ERJ-145 airplanes with 50 seats and it will have daily frequency, except for Saturdays.

HONDURAS
Taca adapts its flights schedule because of a curfew
Taca informed that it adapted its flights schedule to Honduras to accomplish the curfew of this country after the leaving by force of the president Manuel Zelaya. Also, due to the critical situation of Honduras, “penalty has been eliminated” by a date change in its flights to Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Roatán.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
“Aerolíneas Argentinas” got second B737 Next Generation

ARGENTINA
“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.

URUGUAY
“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.

BRAZIL
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.

BOLIVIA
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.

PERU
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.

ECUADOR
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.

COLOMBIA
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.

VENEZUELA
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.

PANAMA
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.

MEXICO
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.

CUBA
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).

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Aerolíneas Argentinas will connect Trelew and Sao Paulo

ARGENTINA
Aerolíneas Argentinas will connect Trelew and Sao Paulo
According to an agreement signed by the governor of Chubut, the secretary of Transportation and Aerolineas Argentinas’ general manager, the company will fly between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Trelew.

New investment made by Accor in Buenos Aires
Accor Hospitality will invest US$ 100 million in the construction of a Novotel and an Ibis in an area located in 1334 Corrientes Avenue. The Novotel will have 127 rooms, spa, convention areas and an “ecological wall “ with 21 different types of plants. The Ibis Obelisco will have 168 rooms and will be the third three-star hotel of the chain in the country.

Good quantity of reserves and not too much snow in Mendoza.
The Las Leñas complex, which had projected to open its doors on Saturday June 13th, has postponed it for a few days. The ski resorts are analyzing delaying the start of the season due to the absence of snow in the peaks of the province. Despite this fact, the provincial government estimated that this will be a good season.

URUGUAY
More LAN flights from Montevideo
Starting July 5th, LAN will increase its flights to 13 weekly frequencies to Santiago de Chile with a new flight on Saturdays, doubling the amount of flights in Uruguay from Monday to Saturday with A318 and A320. The company will also continue with its Sunday flight with the Boeing 767-300ER.

BRAZIL
The Gay Pride Parade received 400 thousand tourists in Sao Paulo
The 13th Edition of the LGBT Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, which was done on Sunday, received 400 thousand tourists, similar amount compared with the 2008 edition. This tourist movement generates close to R$ 190 million to the city’s economy.

Salvador will have “Ómnibus del Forró” free this month
Bahiatursa and the Bahia Tourism Secretary, in Alliance with Salvador Bus, offers this month (from the 10th to the 13th, from the 19th to the 24th and from the 26th to the 28th) the Omnibus del Forro Bus in order for the tourists to enjoy the programming of Sao Joao da Bahia, in the Pelourinho, in the Bahian Capital. The service is free with typical activities inside the bus, as well as live music. The buses leave at 7:00pm from the Stella Maris Resort , in the Stella Maris Beach, and from the Pestana Bahia Hotel, located in Rio Vermelho. The return is at midnight from the Main Square.

CHILE
The Darwin Circuit in Magallanes, new Heritage route.
Commemorating 200 years of Charles Darwin’s Barth, a new heritage guide will be launched in order to promote with the tourists all the sites visited by the British naturalist in the XIX Century. The route includes all sites visited by Darwin in his journey throughout the country. These sites include the cities of Parihuano, in the IV Region, La Campana in the V Region, Chiloe in the X Region and Puerto del Hambre, Fuerte Bulnes and Navarino Island, located in the XII Region of Magallanes and in the Chilean Antartica.

The Atton Hotel has expansion plans for Peru and Colombia
The construction of a new 280-room Atton Hotel will start in two months in Lima Peru. The company is also evaluating the construction of a hotel in Bogota and in other Latin American capitals. The decision is to define the second project outside of Chile before the end of the year.

BOLIVIA
Sixth in the World ranking for high quantity of species of birds..
Bolivia has the sixth place in the World among the countries with the highest quantity of species of birds, having estimated the existence of more than 1,414 different types of birds in its territory, which means 60 % of all species in South America.

Aymara New Year at Tiwanaku
Bolivia celebrates the winter solstice by receiving the Aymara New Year, one of the celebrations with more tradition in the Andean Region. Every year, on June 21st, Tiwanaku celebrates the Holiday with the visit of thousands of tourists who come from inside and outside the country. The main event of the celebration starts when the first rays of the sun during June 21st pass through the Puerta del Sol, signaling the beginning of a new Andean Year. The year 5517 will be celebrated this year.

PERU
Inaugurates Aymara tourist route
Puno has a new tourist route that tries to become one of the most important routes in the zone. The main attraction of this route is the Titicaca Lake. The route includes a visit to the towns of Acora, Chucuito and Plateria, among others, moving towards the border with Bolívia. This will be a new alternative to the Quechua route that tourists use to visit the islands of Taquile and the Uros from the port located in the lake.

The first phase of construction of the Westin Libertador Lima is finished.
The first phase of construction of the Westin Libertador Lima was finished with the roof of the last floor of the main tower. The works will concentrate now on the placement of the curtain wall and on the finishing touches. Up to today, US$68 million was needed for its construction, being the total investment US$100 million. The end of the construction will be August, 2010, when there will be a soft opening, being inaugurated officially in November.

Less seats to Lima from Miami
American Airlines has 79 seats less in its daily flights between Lima and Miami, due to the change of one of its A300 that was used up to today, for a Boeing 757. There will be another 72 seats less in August as a result of the second change of the A300 for a Boeing 767, which will operate the evening flights.

COLOMBIA
A bus is transformed into a Mobile museum in Medellin
A bus in the city of Medellin was transformed into a mobile museum about the history of transport. The bus has pictures, parts of aircrafts, ship compasses, a 70 year old flight simulator and one of the famous black boxes.

MEXICO
Cruises arrive to Progreso
After 42 days of suspending the arrival of cruises to the Progreso port, the Carnival Shipping company resumed its operations to this point of the Yucatan coast with the arrival of the Holiday, which brought 1,786 visitors from the United States. The segment of the cruises industry works again with the arrival of this cruise, and there are new expectations that Carnival will increase its frequencies to Yucatan by including this destiny on its routes.

Quintana Roo would reduce hotel tariffs in order to attract tourism
The hotel sector of the south of Quintana Roo will reduce its hotel tariffs in order to attract tourism. The objective is to sacrifice earnings at a first stage, in exchange of promoting destinies with the visits that will be received and show that the Southern area of Quintana Roo is well prepared.

The Riu Group opened its US $ 115 million hotel in Mazatlan
The Government of the State of Sinaloa announced that the Riu Group opened its US $ 115 million in the resort of Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific area. The investment of the company from Mallorca in the Riu Resort Hotel Emerald Bay has been “the biggest in the last years of tourism development in the area”. The hotel has 716 rooms and its opening reached 80 percent occupancy.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Hotel for business executives opened

ARGENTINA
Hotel for business executives opened
The first hotel in Argentina focused exclusively on executives was inaugurated. The amount of money invested to build this hotel was US$10 million. This new project will try to capture an important portion of the market of businessmen who travel to the country.

BRAZIL
IHG expands its brands Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express
Intercontinental Hotels Group -IHG- signed an agreement for four new Holiday Inn Express Hotels and for the transformation of an independent Holiday Inn in Brazil, increasing its presence in the country to 12 cities. The new Holiday Inn Express hotels, which will be located in Belem, Cuiaba, Maceio and Manaus, will start operations in 2011. The Holiday Inn Sao Luiz would open at the end of this year.

BOLIVIA
BoA will fly to Tarija Tarija
Boliviana de Aviación will begin commercial operations to the city of Tarija in late June. There will be four round trip flights per week in the route Tarija-Cochabamba, with immediate connections to La Paz and Santa Cruz, in addition to one direct frequency between Tarija and La Paz.

Sky Airlines started flights
Sky Airline started operations in the route La Paz-Arica-Antofagasta and Santiago three times per week with Boeing 737-200 airplanes, with the intention to expand its national and international operations.

PERU
Titicaca is still the favorite in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World contest
The Lake Titicaca continues in first place of the F Group of the contest that will select the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, surpassing competitors like the Niagara Falls and the Danube River. Meanwhile, the Amazon remains in second place of the E Group, surpassed by the National Park of Rio Subterraneo, located in Puerto Princesa in Philippines.

Puno’s Tourist routes have new sign posts now
Nine tourist routes of the Puno Region have new sign posts that will enable the national and foreign visitors to obtain information about their characteristics, altitude, among other information. The tourist routes with new sign posts are Masocruz, Chaka Ckaka, La Raya, Lagunillas, Titiri , Macusani, Tilaly, Sandia and the city of Puno.

Emblematic Ayllu Cafe left local
The Ayllu, a cafe considered by the people of the city of Cusco as part of their identity, left definitely the local that had in the Main Square for approximately 40 years.

The first Afro Peruvian Culture Museum is inaugurated
The first National Museum of Afro Peruvian Culture, located in the city of Lima, was inaugurated last week. The main objective is to pay tribute to the work done by the Afro Peruvians in the identity and in the Peruvian culture. Photographs, musical instruments as well as typical dresses and art works of Peruvians of black race can be seen in this Museum.

COLOMBIA
AeroRepublica increased number of flights.
AeroRepublica will have more flights departing from Bogotá to Santa Marta, San Andrés, Leticia, Cartagena and Panamá during June, July and August. During the same period, the airline will expand its flights on the routes from Bucaramanga and Cartagena to Panama and San Andres; from Cali, Medellin, Barranquilla and Cartagena.

MEXICO
Quintana Roo, 12 of the 40 hotels closed reopen
At least 12 of the 40 hotels that closed their doors in Quintana Roo due to the fall in tourism as a result of the sanitary emergency brought about by the H1N1 flu, reopened. Eight of the hotels that opened again are located in the Maya Riviera and the other four are located in Cancun.

Ocean By H10 Hotels with new corporate website
The Ocean by H10 hotel chain, that has three resorts in the Caribbean, launched its new corporate website where the search process has been simplified. A clear example is the search word “Experiences” where the type of vacations can be selected: Romantic, Business, Spa; Sports or Family. After that, Ocean By H10 presents a list of services, packs and offers that go according to the selection made. A survey manager has also been included enabling Ocean By H10 to know the clients’ experience and, in this way, improve or strengthen certain services.

RIU opened its first hotel in Mazatlan
The RIU Emerald Bay, the first hotel of the Spanish company opened its doors in Mazatlan, becoming in the resort number 15 that RIU has in this country, and the 30th hotel that the chain has in America. The resort is located in first line in the sea and offers the 24-hour All Inclusive by RIU Service. It has 716 rooms, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, 2 swimming pools and 3 meeting rooms.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
LAN with a new frequency between Mendoza and Santiago

ARGENTINA
LAN with a new frequency between Mendoza and Santiago
Beginning from July 1st, LAN will add one new daily frequency between Mendoza and Santiago, the current route it flies with two daily frequencies.

GOL will directly fly to Fortaleza
GOL will resume the direct flights between Buenos Aires and Fortaleza beginning from December. The agreement will last one year.

Boutique hotels propose tourist routes
The establishments meeting in TheBBH, the first Argentine club of boutique hotels, will present a series of tourist circuits in the country. The Boutique Routes, which will be proposed by TheBBH at the beginning and join the gastronomic offer and the comfort of the boutique hotels, are Patagonia Boutique, Mesopotamia Boutique, Centro Boutique, Noroeste Boutique and Buenos Aires Boutique.

BRAZIL
Six monuments compete in vote of 7 Wonders Lusas
Brazil, with six monuments, is competing in vote of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World and it has presented the candidatures of the San Francisco de Asís Church of Penitence, the Sanctuary of Jesus of Matozinho, both are in Minas Gerais; the Monastery of Sao Bento and the Convent of San Francisco, in Rio de Janeiro; el Fuerte del Principe da Beira, in Rondonia and the Monastery of Sao Bento of Olinda. The list of the participants includes in total 27 monuments belonging to 16 countries.

US Airways with a new service to Rio de Janeiro
US Airways will operate direct daily flights between its hub in Douglas International airport of Charlotte, NC, and Rio de Janeiro. On December 2nd, the new service will start with a B767 with capacity for 18 passengers in Business class and 186 in Economic class.

PERU
Lake Titicaca continues leading a group F of competition of the New Wonders
Lake Titicaca continues leading the group F of competition that will choose the seven Natural Wonder of the world, meanwhile el Cañon del Colca raised one position in the last ranking of the foundation New7wonders and it places in the first place of the group D.

Sol & Luna hotel invests US$5 million in extension of its facilities
Sol & Luna Lodge-Spa, located in Urubamba valley, invested US$5 million in the extension of its facilities that will have 15 new luxury small houses, as well as one multipurpose hall with capacity for 150 people. The small houses will be directed to luxury segment and will be added to the 28 bungalows that this hotel currently has. All the houses will have more than 100m2 of the inner area, one private garden and terrace, and wonderful view to the surroundings of Valle Sagrado.

Guides of museums of Arequipa will be distributed between tourists
Arequipa will have a guide of museums that will show to the tourists what offers, more than 16 galleries of Historic Center.The document will include photographs and thematic information about the offer of each one of the museums in order that tourists could have the option to choose which one they are going to visit during their stay. The guide will be full color and in Spanish and English, and it will be distributed in travel agencies, hotels, airport and terminus with no cost.

They will evaluate the possibility to build mythological museum in Puno
Puno would have a Mythological museum similar to those that exist in Paraguay and Spain, where trace and ornaments, related to the culture of this region of the country, will be exhibited, it informed that the museum would be located on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

ECUADOR
Iberia adds direct flight to Guayaquil
From June 12th to 26th, Iberia will increase the offer of flights to Guayaquil in order to attend the increase of the demand that is registered at the beginning of the summer in the northern hemisphere. Iberia adds the second flight to the current frequency in the route Quito –Guayaquil, which will operate every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and will directly connect with Guayaquil.

COLOMBIA
Santa Marta will continue being among plans of cruisers
Royal Caribbean announced that Santa Marta will continue being included within different schedules in the calendar of “Enchantment of the Seas” for 2009-2010 seasons. For 2010-2011season, Santa Marta will be held to the verification of some advances related to the agreements acquired by the municipality and the company of cruisers.

SBA will arrive to Panama
From July 1st, SBA Airlines will arrive to Panama operating the route Panama-Caracas-Panama in a Boeing 757 with capacity for 178 passengers.

PANAMA
Fenn chain will open a hotel in the country
In November, after one year of the opening of its first establishment in Asuncion (Paraguay), the Argentine hotel chain will inaugurate el Esplendor Denovo Panama, in the capital city of the country. The hotel will be of 42 floors and have 100 rooms and its building will demand an investment of US$ 30 million.

MEXICO
Cozumel begins tourist recovery
The tourist Cozumel companies prepare themselves for the return of the ships for this Wednesday, while the hotel activity already went up to 41%. The recovery of the hotel sector has been marked because it went from 19% to 41% that was reported this Saturday; which means that the level of the activity was duplicated around a week and half.

Sol Melia recovers normality
After its services in two of its hotels in Mexico, the ME Cancun and Melia Cozumel, have been temporarily interrupted, Sol Melia will open its establishment in Cancun and will do the same with that of the island, on June 13th.

The health insurance will be free for foreign tourists
The Federal Government will give foreign tourists, who turn to DF a free health insurance, especially against illnesses caused by virus. The insurance that will protect visitors against the virus of influenza AH1N1 and, moreover, it will give other 10 benefits, it will be obtained in the hotel where the tourists will be lodged.

CUBA
Melia Las Dunas receives distinction Marque of Excellence
The important British tour operator Thomas Cook reworded Melina Las Dunas hotel with its 2008 Marque of Excellence Award. This reward expresses the recognition of Tomas Cook clients for the high standards of service and the quality of the hotel lodging.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
As of lat Friday, May 1, Aerolineas Argentinas began its two weekly frequencies from Almirante Zar Airport of Trelew to the city of Esquel.

LAN will have more flights to Cordoba

ARGENTINA
As of lat Friday, May 1, Aerolineas Argentinas began its two weekly frequencies from Almirante Zar Airport of Trelew to the city of Esquel.

LAN will have more flights to Cordoba
LAN announced that it will add three new weekly frequencies to its Cordoba-Santiago route beginning from June 1st. With the arrival of these new frequencies, the airline will increase its offer to a total of fourteen flights.

Pluna seeks to have flights to Comodoro Rivadavia
Pluna would include the city of Comodoro Rivadavia into the airline route network. On May 27th, Pluna planed to begin flights that join Trelew (Chubut) to Montevideo and Sao Paulo.

BRAZIL
Alitalia would take up again its Roma-Rio route
Between this and the next year, Alitalia would take up again the route between Roma and Rio de Janeiro. The renewed airline is immersed in a plan of fleet extension, with which it searches to add some 70 planes to 148 that it currently has.

Delta Air Lines changes beginning of its flights to Los Angeles to June 30th
Delta Air Lines, that had required an authorization of DOT in order to fly between Sao Paulo and Los Angeles from May 22st, will begin to operate the flight on July 1st, due to high season in this date.

CHILE
A new tourist product for wine lovers
Vinobus (Wine bus) is the new full day program of Enotour & Culinary Travel, the company of tourism specialized in enogastronomic tours to several wine-growing regions of Chile and of the Southern Cone. Vinobus (Wine bus) begins its route in Santiago where tourists will learn about the relationship between wine and the city and then to visit zone of Maipo Alto and Viña Perez Cruz where a visitor is a participant of a privet technical circuit and will taste some of the best premium wines. The journey also includes Viña Santa Rita, Andino museum and a gourmet lunch.

Blue Tree in Santiago and Patagonia
Blue Tree Hotels incorporate in its chain two new hotels in Chile. On May, the chain passes to administrate the Santiago Fundador hotel, the establishment is dedicated to a corporate market and it is located in Paris-Londres district. The other hotel, Remota, is located in the region of Patagonia, in the city of Puerto Natales, near to the most famous park of Chile, Torres del Paine. The Remota Hotel explores the concept of home feeling and it raises the characteristics and the value of architecture of the region.

Puerto Vargas with a new tourist circuit
Puerto Vargas will open a new alternative of tourism: a heritage tourist circuit that travels through 33 places of interest including: Plaza de Armas, the square of Jose Luis Martinez, heritage houses, the church of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, The Lutheran church among others places of interest finishing in heritage house, currently occupied by Chile Investigations,

PERU
Arequipa will be included in tour of cruisers
Due to its colonial architecture, religious tourism, countryside and gastronomy, the city of Arequipa will be considered in a tour of cruisers that arrive to Peru. The cruisers will disembark in Matarani port and from there tourists will be transferred to the city, where they will stay for one day. During this time, the visitors could do religious tourism, to visit countryside, to taste food and to return to the cruiser in order to continue their travel in the afternoon hours.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge reaches International Quality Certification
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Loge became the first hotel of Cusco and the second nationwide hotel in getting the SQF 2000 Certification in Level 3; the highest in its field. SQF or Save Quality Food is developed by Food Marketing Institute of America and consists of an analysis of dangers and critical points of control for suppliers of whole nutritious chain; from a farm to a table.

It is planned to build thematic restaurant in Lambayeque
A group of national businessmen has shown interests in constructing thematic restaurants in different localities of administrative district of Lambayeque, which will generate competition in order to show and offer a better service than traditional local and district restaurants. In these denominated “thematic restaurants” they plan to offer to visitors a cultural code with typical dances and gastronomy of the region.

ECUADOR
Hotels will adapt Skype phone system
The Vox Skype company presented to the hotel businessmen a solution to put down the price of phone calls. The application is named as Vosky Exchange and it consists of an internet phone call, where the voice is digitalizing, compressing and sending in packages of IP information. To make use of it the companies don’t need to renew their central telephony, even when it has 15 years of functioning. Skype notices that guests and their families are the first to be benefit.

COLOMBIA
Sonesta opens its first hotel in the country
The first Sonesta hotel in Colombia, it is located in Valledupar (Cesar), it will open its door on May 4st. The hotel had an investment close to $10 million; it has an area of 6.500 m2, 108 rooms, three VIP halls, restaurant, gym, swimming pull, Jacuzzi and one auditorium with capacity for 300 people.

MEXICO
Aeromexico increase routes
Aeromexico will increase routes in the domestic and international market, before a growing demand of corporate market. Aeromexico will fly from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chetumal, Hautulco, Cozumel, Colima, Tepic and Lazaro Cardenas with an Embrear 145 for 50 passengers. The new nine international routes to America will be Guadalajara-San Jose (California), Los Cabos – San Francisco, the City of Mexico – New Orleans, Puerto Vallarta – San Diego. In South America, it will have one daily flight between Cancun and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and another flight will be the city of Mexico – Medellin, Colombia.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Tourist bus will start from May 2nd in Buenos Aires
The buses which will travel through Buenos Aires´ tourist places will begin to function on May 2nd with the $25 per day price.

ARGENTINA
Tourist bus will start from May 2nd in Buenos Aires
The buses which will travel through Buenos Aires´ tourist places will begin to function on May 2nd with the $25 per day price.

Boutique hotels arrive to Bariloche
Los Juncos Patagonian Lake House is the first hotel, a member of TheBBH, in the city of Bariloche, it is an old southern large house for enjoyment just for 12 guests and it is located 20 kilometers from the San Carlos of Bariloche center, just 4 kilometers from Villa Llao Llao. Out of traditional catering, it offers a different experience to its guests with gourmet home cooking and selection of wines from small Argentinean winery.

Hotel La Cantera is an option of accommodation in missionary jungle
From August, Iguazu will count on a new option of accommodation. In its first stage, The Hotel La Cantera will have 24 rooms, which are divided into 3 modules of 8 rooms each one, and will be located only 15 minutes from airport, waterfalls and the city of Iguazu

BRAZIL
TAM with 34 new flights to seven capitals of the country.
This month, TAM will begin to operate 34 new flights from the Rio de Janeiro´s Santos Dumont Airport to seven capitals of the country: Aracajú, Belo Horizonte (Confins), Brasilia, Curitiba, Recife, Salvador and Vitoria. These 17 flights join with 31 regular flights of airlift between Rio and Sao Paulo.

TAM requested approval of code sharing agreement with Swiss
National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil received the request, from TAM and Swiss, of approval of a code sharing agreement between both airlines. TAM recently announced similar agreements with Air China and Bmi.

PERU
Colombian theme park arrives
The manager of the company confirmed that Divercity, in alliance with Peruvian partners, will invest US$10 million in order to open its local in Lima on December of this year.
New artificial wharf will facilitate an access to Guañape islands in La Libertad
On September of this year will be initiated the construction of an artificial wharf in Morin port, province of Viru (La Libertad), this will allow tourists to get to Guañape islands, the one of the main nature reserves in the zone, in less time. The wharf will improve the condition of the tourist services by increasing security and control of boats that travel to islands, in one hour and half journey at sea.

Star Peru begins flights to Ayacucho
From July 2nd, Star Peru will begin operations to the city of Ayacucho with three weekly frequencies on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The flights will be direct and will depart in the morning.

ECUADOR
Entry of tourists to Galapagos Islands decreased
The management of the Galapagos National Park registered the entry of 41,146 people that arrived to the archipelago between January and March of this year, 35, 41 of whom visited the protected area. With such facts as a base, a 7.5% decrease was determined in relation to the same period of 2008.

Five tourist routes in province of Azuay were presented
The Ministry of Tourism presented five tourist routes corresponding to the province of Azuay. The Archeological, Gastronomic, Extreme Sports, Handicraft Routes and the Aviturism Route will be a different alternative for visitors who can enjoy gastronomy, handicraft and extreme sports.

Place of Tourist Information in Manabi is inaugurated
The Ministry of Tourism inaugurated a Place of Tourist Information, i-Tur, in “Ciudad Alfaro” Civic Center, in order to offer his visitors ample information of tourist destinies that have the province of Manabi and especially Montecristi.

COLOMBIA
Emirates maintain its interest in flying to Bogota
Emirates Ailines will begin to operate the Dubai-Bogota route at the end of this year or in 2010.
On May, it will begin the negotiations with the Direction of Civic Aviation and the idea is that the company could cover the route between Dubai, Caracas and Bogota. The company has been thinking of beginning the route for cargo transport and analyzing the future transfer of passengers.

MEXICO
MexicanaLink opens a new flight to Merida
MexicanaLink began operations in Yucatan with a new airlift that will make a connection with the cities of Merida, Villahermosa, Veracruz, and Guadalajara. MexicanaLink has a fleet of three Bombardier CRJ 200 airplanes with capacity for 50 passengers. It will gradually add aircrafts up to 13, with which it will be able to transport more than 800 thousand passengers.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
New tourist projects in Punta Cana
It has been projecting a construction of eight new hotel establishments in Punta Cana Bavaro, thirteen projects of tourist property development, eleven new golf fields, one water park and two commercial centers, informed The East Zone Hotels and Tourism Projects Association, with tourist destination. El Bahia Principe Esmeralda initiated construction works, Westin Roco Ki is in advance and The Catalina Royal is an extension. The others establishments are: the Venezian Bavaro, of 550 rooms, the Marlyn with 204 rooms, Bahia Principe Romana, Tropicalia in Miches and the Elliot Miches Beach Resort. It is hoped that after five years, the hotels will be built and commercialized.

CUBA
SOL MELIA Renewed Solmaliacuba.com
Sol Melia Cuba renewed the corporate image of its Web site and added new functional qualities in order to approach the clients and to increasingly orient them to make a purchase. From the main page it is possible now to access to the last news, to subscribe to the newsletter offers, to know which hotels are the most visited by the internet users and to search for accommodation according to travel interests. In addition, it is accessed to the new Sol Melia Cuba Map section in order to locate on interactive maps 24 hotels and resorts, which the company promotes on the biggest island of the West Indies.

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Tourist buses will travel through Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA
Tourist buses will travel through Buenos Aires
Specially prepared convertible units with capacity for 50 passengers each one, specialized tourist guides and informative material will travel through Buenos Aires and for the first time will officially develop the Tourist Bus circuit, exactly as it happens in the great cities of the world. The service will be done in regular form by means of a predetermined schedule of departures and the circuit will take no more than three hours. The passenger will be able to use the service, getting on and off the bus as many times as they wish at any of the authorized bus stops during the term of force of the ticket. www.buenosairesbus.com

LAN began flights to Tucuman
LAN Argentina began to fly to San Miguel of Tucuman with an Airbus A320 with capacity for 150 passengers and two daily flights. In this way, Tucuman is added to the group of Argentinian cities to which an airline is flying.

South Africa Airways began direct flights to Johannesburg
South African Airways´ direct flights began between Buenos Aires and Johannesburg, South Africa, with an Airbus A 340-200, two times per week. The airline expects to add one more frequency in July and for the next year the flights will be daily.

URUGUAY
Pluna will fly to Trelew two times per week
Pluna will begin its operations to the airport of Trelew with two weekly flights from Sao Paulo via Montevideo.

Pluna increases frequencies between Montevideo and Sao Paulo
From June 21th, Pluna will fly three days per week between Montevideo and Sao Paulo. The company will offer services in the morning, in the afternoon and at night, on Thursdays, Fridays and on Sundays. www.flypluna.com

BRAZIL
Christ the Redeemer will be modernized
The modernization work of the Christ the Redeemer will cost about US$500.000 and would be finished in four months. It includes the modernization of the electric discharge system, waterproofing of the base of the statue and recovery or substitution of compromised pieces of the granite floor and of the handrails..

TAM will fly seven times per week to South Africa
TAM will fly to South Africa with seven weekly frequencies. In the second semester of the year it will begin to fly to Johannesburg and it is already negotiating a code sharing agreement with South African Airways. It indicated that its request to fly to Portugal was approved, the country to which TAM currently flies in code sharing agreement with TAP.

It will join Rio de Janeiro and Santiago
TAM will begin daily flights between Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile, in May 15th. The flight will stop in Sao Paulo and then will directly continue to Santiago. The operation will be fulfilled with airplanes A320 configured with 156 seats, 12 of which are of Executive Class.

Delta Air Lines will inaugurate three weekly flights between Sao Paulo and Los Angeles
On May 21st, Delta will inaugurate three weekly flights between San Pablo and Los Angeles. The airline will start a flight operated by Northwest from Los Angeles to Las Vegas that will directly connect to the flight from San Pablo. Delta plans to operate direct flights from Atlanta to Brasilia from December 17th of this current year.

CHILE
Starwood will open Hotel W in Santiago on July1st
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide informed that the first hotel of its South American W brand will open its door in Santiago on July1st. The opening was originally prevented to be during the course of this month.

BOLIVIA
AeroSur received the IATA´s IOSA Certification

IATA gave the IOSA Certification to AeroSur, after the airline satisfactorily approved the certification audit based on the highest standards of quality and operational security at the international level.

PERU
Machu Picchu among the 20 best views in the world
The online Yahoo search engine, through its section Yahoo Travel, published the ranking of 20 best views in the world. The review, elaborated by recognized travel writer, Andrew Harper, puts Machu Picchu on the 9th place of the list.

Conde Nast Traveler highlights two Peruvian hotels in the Hot List 2009
In the 13th Hot List ´s version of Conde Nast Traveler , two of ten South American hotels, which are highlighted among the new 140 hotels and resorts that transcend the industry standards, is presented by tow Peruvian excellent establishments: Las casitas de Colca in Arequipa and La Casona Inkaterra in Cusco. The Hot List 2009 will be distributed with the May edition of the magazine. www.concierge.com

Star Peru will fly to Talara
From Friday May 19th, Star Peru will begin its operations to Talara via Cajamarca with three weekly frequencies: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and on Sundays. The flights will depart from Lima in the afternoon and stop in Cajamarca in order to continue to Talara and vice versa.

VENEZUELA
Santa Barbara will fly to Madrid and Tenerife
SBA, old Santa Barbara Airlines, will resume the route Madrid –Caracas-Madrid with five weekly flights the following Monday June 20th. The service will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 241 seats; with this, the offer ascends to 1,205 weekly and 4,820 monthly passengers. Likewise, SBA announced that it will have two weekly frequencies between Caracas y Tenerife.

Lufthansa offers First Class service from Caracas
Lufthansa is operating its Caracas- Frankfurt route with a modern A340-600, which offers the First Class service. The service, which is unique in its type of flights from South American country to Europe, offers 2 meters length seat-bed with computer connection, In-flight Entertainment with the last film premieres, exclusive menus and the best wines.

MEXICO
Mexico launches “Ruta del Tequila”
They launched The Ruta del Tequila, which includes the municipalities of El Arenal, Amatitan, Tequila, Magdalena and Teuchitan in its first stage. Aeromexico will have 6 weekly flights between New Orleans, Mexico City and Honduras The Aeromexico will launch six weekly nonstop flights between New Orleans and Mexico City on July 6th , with connection to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The route represents the first new service of the international flights announced for New Orleans since hurricane Katrina and forms part of the Aeromexico´s energetic plans of expansion for North America.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Breezes Puerto Plata Hotel will stop to operate with that branch from May 1st.
Breezes Puerto Plata Hotel will close its door and stop to operate under this branch, which is belonging to SuperClubs chain. The property will be called Sol de Plata Beach Resort & Spa. The guests who have done their reservations for a posterior date to the first of May, will be accommodated in other Puerto Plata´s own property, and also they will have the opportunity to do a reservation in other installation of the Breezes branch in the Caribbean or cancel their reservation, explained managers of SuperClubs in the country.

SOUTH AMERICA
Ten hotels are in the 2009 Hot List of Conde Nast Traveler
Conde Nast Traveler´s May edition includes the 13th annual Hot List prepared by famous magazine, which features 140 new hotels and resorts, 50 new restaurants, 35 new nightclubs and 50 new Spas whose design, service and amenities transcend industry standard. Among hotels and resorts highlighted by magazine, ten are South American: Argentina (5) , Brazil(1), Chile (1), Costa Rica (1), Peru (2).

Tourism this week in Latin America

ARGENTINA
Aerolineas Agentinas and Sky Airline agreed to expand both of them in Chile and Peru

ARGENTINA
Aerolineas Agentinas and Sky Airline agreed to expand both of them in Chile and Peru
Aerolineas Argentinas signed a commercial agreement with Sky Airline, which will allow it to expand its services to Chile destinations and the south of Peru destinations. Also, Aerolineas Argentinas through Sky will be able to offer destinations from Santiago to trans- Andean, such as Concepción, Temuco, Copiapó, Puerto Montt, Antofagasta, Calama, Iquique, Balmaceda, Arica, Punta Arenas and Arequipa in Peru. In addition, the project includes an admission to the e-ticket system, the combined achievement of promotional activities in common markets, technical and commercial cooperation.

Aerolineas Argentinas will increase its frequencies from and to Mar del Plata
Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral will increase their flight frequencies from and to Mar del Plata, going from the current nine flights to the fourteen weekly frequencies. From June 15th, five weekly flights will be added and will be part of gradual expansion plan of the Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral domestic services.

CHILE
Santiago Park Plaza first certified hotel
Santiago Park Plaza hotel is the only five star hotel in Chile that fulfills the requirements of the International Norm ISO 9001-2000. In this way, it was certified for hotel trade and gastronomy services by prestigious company Bureau Veritas Certification.

PERU
Cielos Andinos will open new Ayacucho-Cusco-Ayacucho route
Cielos Andinos will fly Ayacucho-Cusco-Ayacucho route with four weekly frequencies on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and on Sundays. The flight will take one hour.

Rio Sagrado Villas & Spa Hotel opened its doors
Rio Sagrado Villas & Spa Hotel opened its doors in Urubamba, in Valle Sagrado, Cusco. It is located along the Urubamba River on land of 2.5. The new establishment has 21 rooms, all of them with terraces and private gardens, 2 small completely equipped towns and one restaurant as well as Spa with Jacuzzi and sauna.

ECUADOR
Implements Mariscal Sucre Tourist Route
Ecuador set in motion the “Mariscal Sucre Tourist Route” that comprised attractions, such as the Carondelet palace with the change of the presidential guard, the Historic City Center, the Casa de Sucre Museum, the Cathedral in order to visit Mausoleum of Sucre, la Cima de la Libertad, where the Pichincha battle was fought and then the Carmen Bajo, where Sucre’s remains were during 70 years before to be transferred to the Metropolitan Cathedral.

LAN began domestic flights
LAN Ecuador began its operations on the domestic market with seven domestic flights. Quito and Guayaquil are the first destinations covered by the company but, it will soon include other destinations such as the Galapagos Islands.

VENEZUELA
Santa Bárbara resume flights to Europa
From June, Santa Barbara Airlines will operate again to Madrid, Funchal and Tenerife. The frequencies will be five flights per week to Madrid, and two weekly flights to both Funchal and Tenerife.

MEXICO
Promotes Health Tourism
In May, the Secretaries of Tourism and Health of Mexico D.F. have planed to launch a Program for Health Tourism in Mexico City, which will allow them to witness plastic surgery, organ transplant and different kinds of operations more at low prices.

SOUTH AMERICA
Qatar Airways would arrive in 2010
Qatar Airways announced that one of its plans is to arrive to six American destinations and to South America in 2010. The company was in recent Arabia- South America forum, which was carried out in Doha, where companies of both regions got to join commercial bonds.

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ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires- Sao Paulo LAN´s flight will be daily

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires- Sao Paulo LAN´s flight will be daily
From April 19th, LAN will have a new frequency between Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. On Sundays, with the beginning of this flight, the offer is going to be daily between both cities.

URUGUAY
BQB will fly to Madrid
(BBQ) Buquebus requests to fly the Montevideo-Madrid route. BQB would operate a maximum of 7 weekly frequencies, with a plane capacity of 310 passengers and with a maximum of 10 tons of freight.

PARAGUAY
TAM will extend code sharing agreement with Pluna to fly to Asuncion
TAM and Pluna extended the code sharing agreement signed in November which included flights between Sao Paulo and Montevideo. At present, the agreement is valid to fly to Paraguay through the participation of TAM Airlines, with an office in Asunción. The agreement came into force from April 1st and it plans daily flights between Montevideo and Asuncion, operated by TAM and Pluna.

The exit tax raised
From April 1st, the value of the exit rate (XR) of ASU, raised from US$ 25.00 to US$ 31.00.

BRAZIL
TAM began code sharing agreement with Lufthansa
TAM and Lufthansa entered into the code sharing agreement. At the present time, the passengers coming from Europe with destination to Santiago will do a connection in Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) in order to continue with a TAM airplane. An agreement with Swiss is also in force in order that the passengers, traveling from Zurich, do the same connection. At the same time, from April, the TAM´s passengers will be able to buy flight tickets to Hanover, Stuttgart and Bremen with connection in Frankfurt, flying by Lufthansa inside Germany.

Taca will expand operations in its Rio-Lima route
Taca informed that it will expand the number of flights between Rio de Janeiro and Lima, Peru. One of its plans is that it should be daily. Currently, it has four weekly frequencies. Likewise, Taca indicated that they have talked to different operators in order to support the development of new packages, among which are packages to Guatemala, Belice, Honduras, Bolivia and Peru. The launch must happen at the end of this month or in the beginning of May.

GOL set the code sharing agreement with Air France-KLM
The Air France –KLM group singed an agreement of commercial cooperation with Gol. The agreement anticipates code sharing flights to destinations inside Brazil: Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, to Belen, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Campinhas, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguazu, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador and Victoria. Moreover, the customers of both airlines will have benefits of accumulated miles at traveling by any of two companies.

Air China will postpone beginning of Sao Paulo flights
Air China´s flights from Beijing to Sao Paulo, Madrid route, will begin on June 28th instead of beginning last Sunday, as it was anticipated at first.

PERU
The museum of Cao in Peru opened its door
The Museum of Cao was inaugurated in the Archeological Complex “El Brujo de Trujillo”. This museum will exhibit Madam of Cao, Moche leader, discovered in ceremonial place more than 1800 years of antiquity. The Museum is located near to the archeological complex “El Brujo”, which is one hour from the city of Trujillo, district of Magdalena of Cao.

Titicaca and Amazon lead competition of 7 Natural Wonders
Lake Titicaca and the Amazon River lead in their respective groups in the competition that will choose the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, according to the last ranking of the New 7 Wonders Foundation. The Titicaca candidacy , shared by Peru and Bolivia, was consolidated in the first place of the group F, whereas the Amazon that includes the largest river of the world and the Amazon jungle also reinforced its favoritism in the competition, recovering again the first place of the group E. While Colca canyon, located in Arequipa, reached the fourth box of the group D.

Backpacker service to Machu Picchu changes route
PeruRail reminded that the backpacker service changed its route and its new route is Estacion de Poroy-Machu Picchu-Poroy. In the first place, the change replies to the repeated order of the inhabitants of the comprised zones in Picchu Alto y Tica-Tica. The company indicated that in the last years, this zone called Zigzag was significantly urbanized and it is understandable that now the inhabitants ask for the train route change, thinking about their growing and calmness.

GHL will open four star hotels in Trujillo and Arequipa
The Colombian chain GHL, Sonesta hotels operator in the country, plans to open two more hotels in the country in the next two years. The new establishments, four star each one, will be located in the cities of Arequipa and Trujillo (La Libertad) and will be focused on a corporative sector.

Casa Andina will inaugurate hotel in Chincha in 2010
In April of 2010, Casa Andina will inaugurate its Private Collection Casa Andina hotel in Chincha, of four star, through the redesigning of the Casa Hacienda San Jose located in Chincha (Ica). The project that includes 11 suites among 80 rooms, a center of conventions with capacity of 600 people, 10 hectares of gardens, two bars, restaurant , spa & gym, two swimming pools, among other services.

ECUADOR
Galapagos Guayaquil with new bilingual guide
Markdigital launched the first bilingual magazine –guide with complete information about two important tourist destinations of the country, as Galapagos and Guayaquil. Galaquil 2009 tries to show to national and international tourists useful information about tourist attractions, services, maps, drawings gallery, photographs, classifieds, telephone cods, emergency numbers, tables of conversions and soon.

Will be construct international airport in Base de Manta
An international airport will work where currently Base de Manta is, after the North American troops leave the facilities in November. With a new terminal they try to turn Manta into the entrance of the Asian Basin toward Latin America and vice versa. For this purpose, they looked for Chinese airlines as strategic partners to take charge of the project management, due to this to assure the flow of flights to Manta.

LAN Ecuador officially began operations
LAN Ecuador began officially operating domestic flights from today, with seven frequencies from Monday to Tuesday, between Quito and Guayaquil. The US$29 one-way flight tickets will be promoted through its web site, as well for the Quito-Guayaquil route as for Guayaquil –Quito. In addition, people that accede to this discount by the purchase of one ticket will accumulate 25% of LANPASS kilometers.

COLOMBIA
Avianca increases flights for Easter
Avianca adds a total of 168 connections to national and international destinations of major request during Easter. In this way, from Friday 3th and Monday 13th of April, the passengers will have at their disposal about 20.000 additional seats.

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ARGENTINA
Temporary closing of Viedma Airport

ARGENTINA
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 Lan.com, 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
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
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.

CENTRAL AMERICA
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.

MEXICO
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.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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.

Tourism this week in Latin America

LATIN AMERICA
Taca in code sharing agreement with Lufthansa
Taca launched two code sharing flights with Lufthansa in the Frankfurt-Caracas-Lima and Frankfurt-Miami-San Salvador route, round trip.

LATIN AMERICA
Taca in code sharing agreement with Lufthansa
Taca launched two code sharing flights with Lufthansa in the Frankfurt-Caracas-Lima and Frankfurt-Miami-San Salvador route, round trip.

Hilton will construct 200 establishments in the region
Hilton Hotels will construct about 200 new hotels and resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to an official announcement of the chain, the accommodations will be located in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama. The Brazilian market will be the main focus of the developments planned by the company in the region, with projects in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Manaus, Recife, and Goiania.

ARGENTINA
Argentine Airlines increases flights between Buenos Aires, Trelew and Esquel
Argentine Airlines and Austral increase their flights during May, June and July between Buenos Aires, Trelew and Esquel. There will be 14 weekly frequencies to Trelew and three to Esquel in May and June. 17 frequencies will be during the first week and five during the second week of July. Last year Trelew had eight weekly frequencies in May, 10 in June and 12 in July, whereas Esquel had only one weekly flight in May and none in June and July because of the eruption of the Chaitén volcano.

Canceled code sharing agreement with Air Comet
Airlines will not be accepting any tickets emitted by Air Comet from the 5th of March. The airline has decided to cancel the code sharing agreement and share that was maintained until recently with Air Comet.

LAN with 7 weekly frequencies between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires
LAN Argentina will operate 7 daily flights between Buenos Aires and San Pablo from the 19 of April. Until this moment, the airline operates every day except on Sundays. A New flight, the 4552, will leave from Buenos Aires to arrive at the airport of Guarulhos in Sao Paulo.

Sol Lineas Aereas with daily flight to Montevideo
Sol Lineas Aereas began the 2009 with the incorporation of the fourth airplane Saab 340, at the same time it´s advancing in the acquisition of the two Boeings 737 of 120 seats. In addition, it added a new daily Montevideo – Buenos Aires – Montevideo flight.

Andres Lineas Aereas with more flights to the interior
Andres Lineas Aerias added a new daily frequency between Buenos Aires and Salta, with a stop in Cordova, and one flight that will do a stop three times a week in Iguazú. Nowadays, it also flights in regular form to Jujuy, Tucuman and Puerto Madryn. The company has three MD’s with capacity of 165 passengers.

Bair Fly flies to Rio Cuarto
Bair Fly already flies between Buenos Aires and the Cordovan city of Rio Cuarto. In this way, the flights, which had been suspended in 2004, will be resumed between both cities.

Train to the Clouds initiates season 2009
The 1st of April the Train to the Clouds will begin its 2009 season. Its departures are programmed for Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The train, which goes up until the 4.200 mts of altitude, presents a renewed service on board, modification in the regime of meals and unification of prices for national and foreign tourists.

CHILE
Sky Airlines agrees with Pluna
Sky Airlines agreed with Pluna to allow the passengers of the latter to fly to tourist destinations of Chile like Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt.

BRAZIL
Tam will fly to Johannesburg in the second semester
Tam will fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, in the second semester of 2009. Among the plans of the airline are return to fly “the triangular” rout, which was popularized years ago by Paraguayan Airlines, that united Lima, Buenos Aires and Asunción.

America Airlines will reduce the flights to the Northeast in low season
American Airlines will reduce the special offer of flights to the Northeast of Brazil from the 8 of April, which is considered a period of the low season. The daily operated flights to Recife and Salvador will be operated five times a week until the 14 of June, the date in which they will retake the daily flights. Also, the seasonal flight to Rio de Janeiro will stop operating, which will be resumed in high season. With these changes, the AA offer in Brazil will be reduced by 17%.

PERU
Star Perú with new routs
Continuing with its plan of extension and fleet renewal with more BAe 146 airplanes, Star Perú inaugurated its new Lima- Puerto Maldonado route with a stop in Cusco, and will begin the Lima-Pisco-Cusco-Lima route by the second semester of this year. Moreover, the airline also plans to cover the route to Juliaca and unite it with Cusco.

Accord will open Novotel in June
Accor will open a four-star Novotel hotel in June, located in front of the Commercial Center in San Isidro (Lima). The project, which cost US$ 15 million, will have a capacity for 210 rooms, halls of meetings and a Spa. It is anticipated that its inauguration will be in the second semester of 2009.

Paracas Hotel will be reopen in September
In September the chain of the Libertador Hotels of Perú will reopen its hotel located in the bay of Paracas, the five star category hotel with a new infrastructure, whose price is US$ 30 million. The reopening of the Resort & Spa Libertador Paracas Hotel will be a soft opening that will allow them to evaluate the service of the hotel as well as the new characteristics of the market.

ECUADOR
Changes in the domestic market of aviation
LAN began to compete with Tame, Aerogal, Ícaro, Saéreo and VIP. The LAN´s operation will begin in the Quito-Guayaquil route, the most valued by the airlines. For this reason, LAN will have two Airbus 318 for 120 passengers. In May, another airplane will arrive for the Quito-Cuenca and Guayaquil-Cuenca routes.

COLOMBIA
Cartagena among the best bays of the world
Cartagena was included in the list of the beautiful bays of the world that elaborates an international club with its headquarters in France, revealed the authorities of the city. The entrance will take place in the V World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, summoned for the middle of May in the Portuguese city of Setúbal.

GUATEMALA
Mayas Routes will be the new tourist product
Guatemala launched the “Mayan People” program of ethnic tourism that includes three new routes: Mayan Universe, Mayan Calendar, and Mayan Dualism. The objective of this initiative is to allow visitors to go deeper into the Mayan culture, knowing not only monuments that this civilization left, but also how their descendants are living. The three routes are operated by members of indigenous communities.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JetBlue will fly between Santo Domingo and Boston
Starting in June, JetBlue will start non-stop flights in the Santo Domingo-Boston route from the airport of the Las Americas. The flights will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and will be daily during the high season of winter.

CUBA
Exposes replicas of Louvre in Havana
The exhibition “Images of the Louvre: Six centuries of European painting” gathers the main works of the European painting of the XIII and XIX centuries, which are exhibited to the public outdoors on the gates of the Force Castel in Old Havana. The exhibition consists of 101 photographic reproductions that include “The Gioconda”, of Leonardo da Vinci, and the “Altarpiece of the French Parliament”, of Dreaux Budé, among others. The picture that was brought to Cuba after being exhibited in The Dominican Republic will be shown until the 18 of May.