The great success of Gibraltar’s cruise industry with record 248 calls scheduled for this year with an estimated 380.000 passengers was underlined by Minister for Development Joe Holliday in his intervention before the local Parliament during the Budget Debate for 2009.
In anticipation of the next cruise season the Falkland Islands Tourist Board is overseeing several infrastructure projects at the Stanley public jetty which should improve conditions making “visitor safety and comfort first”.
The Maritime Chamber from Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile estimates that the number of visitors for the coming 2009/2010 cruise season could drop up to 30% which is equivalent to 29.000 people less.
The impact of heavy tourist traffic on Easter Island - 3,500 kilometers from the Chilean coastline – prompted the EuroChile Business Foundation to introduce a new sustainability program aimed at alleviating the growing pressure on the island’s fragile ecosystem, while at the same time benefiting the local community and businesses.
South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity to its African network in keeping with its African strategy, while strengthening its network with additional flights from Perth, Western Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tourists arriving in Argentina through the country’s main international airport, Ezeiza dropped 6% last April compared to the same month a year ago according to the Statistics and Census office, INDEC.
A Spanish cruise ship has been turned away from two Caribbean ports following an outbreak of the A/H1N1 influenza on board. Pullmantur said “Ocean Dream” was refused permission to dock in Grenada and Barbados on Wednesday, with several confirmed cases amongst the crew of the virus.
Three large Cupressus macrocarpa trees have become a growing cause for concern for the members of the Council of Christ Church Cathedral in Stanley, Falkland Islands and are now set to be chopped down.
HOLIDAYING in the Falklands for both local and overseas clients has been made an even more tempting prospect, courtesy of the stunning photography and imaginative ideas on the brand new website launched by Falkland Islands Holidays.
Ski addicts will have to wait a little longer this year before they can begin gliding down Chilean slopes. Although ski resorts were set to open this week, the lack of precipitation - and consequently of snow – has forced ski resorts to postpone their openings until at least the end of June.