With 396 cruise vessel calls this season Ushuaia in the extreme south of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego confirms its hub condition for the industry in the southern hemisphere, according to local authorities.
Tourist activity in Chile during January increased 6.4% compared to the same month a year ago, totalling 424.536 tourists and an estimated 289 million US dollars, up 9% over January 2008, according to the Chilean Tourism Office.
International tourist arrivals in 2008 increased 2% over the previous year but with the advance of the global crisis the rate of growth in the second half came to a stand still and turned negative, a tendency which is expected to continue in 2009, --possibly between 0 and minus 2%--, according to the latest report form the World Tourism Organizations.
The number of foreign tourists arriving in Argentina during November fell 8% over the same month last year, according to government report from the statistics office INDEC.
Chile's Lan airlines and associates announced that its system passenger traffic for December 2008 grew 10.7%, and capacity rose 12.6%. This means that load factor declined 1.3 points over last year to 74.7%. The company noted that international passenger traffic accounted for about 68% of total passenger traffic.
Two of the world's most impressive cruise vessels will be calling in Montevideo this week with over 7.000 visitors and 2.400 crew members. They are Mariner of the Seas, which is scheduled to spend next Thursday in Uruguay's capital, and on Sunday, Queen Mary 2 on a 114 day global tour.
It has been confirmed that a collision with a flock of birds caused a US airliner to lose power and ditch in a New York river just after take-off.
A US Airways aircraft has crashed into the Hudson River in New York after a flock of birds apparently disabled both its engines. More than 150 passengers and crew members were rescued before the plane sank into freezing waters.
For the third year in a row the prestigious magazine Global Traveller awarded LAN Chile as the 'Best Airline in Central and South America.' The magazine surveyed more than 31,000 readers of the publication to select the best in class for luxury and business travel throughout 2008. This distinction is the direct result of the feedback received in the survey.
Education officers from Edinburgh Zoo have headed to the Falkland Islands to teach local children about Scottish wildlife, according to a report from the News Scotsman.