The number of tourists coming to Chile as passengers on cruise ships is expected to grow by five percent in 2007, according to Destination Management Chile, which handles 70 percent of all tours and sightseeing trips involving cruise passengers.
Some 66 left wing delegations from thirty different countries, mainly Latinamerica are currently meeting in San Salvador in the framework of the Sao Paulo Forum, to celebrate and assess the advance last year of elected left wing governments in the region, as happened in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela.
Rafael Correa was sworn as Ecuador's president Monday and one of the first decrees he signed was to call a national referendum next March 18 to decide on the convening of an elected assembly with full powers to draft a new constitution.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza shook hands Monday in Quito bringing relief to the conflicting situation between both officials.
Praising democracy and in a clear support of fellow presidents seen as critical of United States, Chile's Michelle Bachelet said that the latest swing of elected governments in Latinamerica can be better described as progressive rather than left wing or radical.
Ecuadorian elected President Rafael Correa, flanked by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales announced Sunday that a new day is dawning promising to rule for the indigenous, the migrants and the excluded.
A fragile truce between supporters and opponents of Bolivian president Evo Morales helped restore some normality to the city of Cochabamba, in central Bolivia, where four days of rioting left two dead and over a hundred injured.
Chile's National Statistics Institute (INE) reported 2.6% inflation for 2006, well within the goal set by Chile's Central Bank.
The value of cellulose rose to 735 US dollars per ton this week, according to industry indicators, the highest price for cellulose since February 16th, 1996
Chile receives its fair share of high-profile visitors, from heads of state, to world famous rock musicians to Hollywood movie stars. Rarely, though, does the country play host to true royalty, much less to a key member of Great Britain's House of Windsor.