Santiago is one of the cheapest cities for foreigners, according to a survey published by finance consultancy Mercer. The Chilean capital is the fourth most economical city in Latinamerica and the 15th cheapest worldwide. The Uruguayan capital Montevideo also figures among the most accessible and liveable cities in the region.
Passengers on a cruise liner at the centre of a virus outbreak have said they will stay on the ship until they are promised their money back. The Marco Polo has been berthed at Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth in Scotland since Monday after hundreds of passengers and crew became ill with norovirus.
Already judged to be Europe’s worst tourists last year, the French have now been named as the worst in the world. In a survey of 4.500 international hotel owners, they are criticized for not speaking foreign languages and of being arrogant and tight with their cash.
A man has died and more than 150 people have taken ill on board a cruise liner berthed in Invergordon, Easter Ross, Scotland. The vomiting bug, norovirus, is thought to have taken hold on the Marco Polo, which is touring the UK and Ireland with about 800 passengers and 350 crew members.
A large crowd was drawn to New York's Highline Ballroom for the VI Encuentro of Colombian Musicians. This annual music and dance gathering of Colombian musicians in New York, brought together a marathon of 20 of NYC’s most renowned Colombian bands, celebrating the diverse Colombian genres of cumbia, currulao, vallenato, joropo, bambuco, pasillo, and other diverse rhythms, all originally from Colombia.
Buenos Aires port cruise terminal expects 155 calls during the coming 2009/2010 season, which is 13 more than last summer according to the latest information from the Argentine Ports Administration Office. This represents an increase of 13 over the previous season.
Earlier this week we published the position of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association on some of the possible effects of the heavy fuel oil ban in Antarctic water for the industry, if the initiative is passed and approved by the International Maritime Organization.
The potential catastrophic effect of the Antarctic heavy fuel oil ban on the Falkland Islands economy is to be impressed on the British Government by Falklands’ politicians.
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”.