Almost 3.000 people remained stranded Monday in Magallanes region, extreme south Chile, since Saturday’ devastating quake forced the temporary closure of Santiago’s main air terminal, according to reports in Punta Arenas.
Beginning Tuesday Lan Airlines resumes flying a skeleton national and international schedule out of a tent at the Santiago airport, according to a short notice from the Chilean flag carrier company.
A Costa Cruises ship crashed into a pier early Friday as it was docking at the Red Sea port of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, killing three crew members and injuring several passengers. The accident occurred amid stormy windy weather across Egypt.
Rio do Janeiro's four-day Carnival officially kicks off Saturday with a long list of celebrities in town to watch the main event, which this year is dominated by a row over a seven-year-old girl joining the ranks of the sexy adult samba queens.
Thirteen cruise ships visited this month South Georgia, according to the SG Newsletter. This included a vessel new to SG, the 112 passenger “Plancius”. However one vessel, l “Clelia II” had to cancel her visit after striking rocks with her propeller at Petermann Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.
The new Uruguayan air terminal in Carrasco, inaugurated last November, has been included among fifteen of “the most beautiful airports in the world” according to the January edition of travel magazine “Travel+Leisure”.
Punta del Este, Uruguay’s main sea resort on the Atlantic coast received last week on a single day an estimated 12.000 visitors from cruise vessels, challenging transport resources but with singular success given the excellent weather conditions and food and leisure facilities in the city.
GlobalFEST, an annual world music festival held every January in New York City is a smashing night of musical discovery where artists from all over the world springboard themselves into the world music scene in New York.
A new tourism law passed by the Chilean Congress earlier this month is set to change the face of Chile’s tourist industry by setting standards for operators and guides.
The year 2009 saw the biggest decline in air passenger traffic in the post-war era, according to the International Air Transport Association IATA. Passenger demand for the full year was down 3.5% with an average load factor of 75.6%. Freight showed a full-year decline of 10.1% with an average load factor of 49.1%.