One of the world's top cruise operators has agreed to reimburse US passengers for fuel surcharges that were not adequately disclosed, the Florida attorney general announced Monday.
The major representatives from the world cruise industry are meeting this week in Miami to address the industry's problems that have significantly eroded profits and threaten even more, given the current prices of fuel.
Mercosur countries do not figure among the most attractive environments for developing the travel and tourism industry, according to the second annual Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2008, released by the World Economic Forum. Top of the list figure Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Australia, Spain and the UK.
Most foreign tourists which arrived in Chile this 2008 summer chose the capital Santiago and its surroundings as the main attraction to visit. Most of the 750.000 tourists came from Argentina, Brazil and United States, according to Sernatur, Chile's Tourism Office.
She doesn't have the grandeur or the glamour of QE2 but Marco Polo had been on South Atlantic cruises for the last fifteen years and this week saw her final tour of the region. Bahamas flagged, the 22.000 tons old lady belonging to Norwegian Cruise Line/Orient Line from Miami is currently sailing along the coast of Brazil and should be arriving in Lisbon the first week of March.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced last week that an important countdown to 100% e-ticketing had begun. In 100 days the paper ticket gets put in a museum. On June 1, 2008 we will achieve 100% electronic ticketing, said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO.
An estimated 500 ornithologists from Argentina are to meet in San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, next March 5 to seek ways of promoting bird-watching as a form of tourism.
Argentina is scheduled to host a world birdwatchers conference in September.
The number of nights spent in hotels by tourists in 2007 was highest in Spain followed by France, Germany and the United Kingdom according to the latest European statistics. The former Eastern Europe countries however registered the highest growth rate.
Hollywood famous star Julia Roberts arrived Wednesday afternoon in Chile surrounded by utmost discretion and accompanied by her three children, a friend and a member of her staff, reported Santiago's Channel 13.
Civil claimants in the Queen Mary 2 walkway trial reacted furiously on Monday after a Saint Nazaire French court acquitted eight individual defendants accused of a share of responsibility for the accident, which claimed 16 lives and left 29 people injured in November 2003, reports Lloyd's List.