The Panamanian flagged cruise vessel Ciudad de Ushuaia, with 122 people on board, called for help Thursday after getting stuck in the ice, suffering a fuel leak and letting in a minimal amount of water, the Argentine Navy said in Buenos Aires.
Pirates chased and shot at a US cruise liner with more than 1,000 people on board but failed to hijack the vessel as it sailed along a corridor patrolled by international warships, a maritime official said Tuesday.
After a six-year absence, Australia's flagship airline Qantas returned to Argentina on Monday with direct flights between Sydney and Buenos Aires. The inaugural flight to Buenos Aires departed Sydney at 10.50am and arrived in Buenos Aires at 11am.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced international air traffic for October showing a second consecutive month of global decline. Latinamerica experienced 4.5% growth in passengers and a record drop in cargo, 11.4%.
Norwegian Sun and Radiance of the Seas will be making the official opening the Uruguayan cruise season in Montevideo next December 8, which this year is expected to total 182 calls between Montevideo and Punta del Este.
Santiago de Chile's international air terminal Pudahuel will be expanded to receive 20 million passengers annually from its current 9 million. The original plan was for the reform to become operational in 2018/19 but given the rapid growth of air traffic plans were advanced to 2013/14.
In spite of the global financial crisis Chile expects this summer season a significant increase in the number of Argentine tourists in the range of 300.000, according to the country's Tourism Office, Senatur.
International tourism has started slowing rapidly since the middle of the year, reflecting consumer concern worldwide and rising inflation in many countries, the United Nations reports in its latest measure of the health of the global travel industry.
Tourism ministers from around the world have agreed to set up a new United Nations-backed committee to consider how to respond both to the downturn in international travel as a result of the global financial crisis and the impact of climate change.
The Maltese flagged cruise vessel Lyubov Orlova has been retained in Ushuaia and banned from continuing to Antarctica until it complies with the International Maritime Organization security and safety rules, according to local Argentine authorities.