Tuesday, March 11th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

US cruise passengers to be reimbursed “fuel surcharges”

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.

Tuesday, March 11th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Cruise industry convention to address fuel prices

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.

Monday, March 10th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Mercosur ranks poorly in tourism competitiveness

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.

Thursday, February 28th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Most foreign tourists this summer opted for Santiago

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.

Thursday, February 28th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

M/V Marco Polo on her final South Atlantic cruise

Cruise <i>Marco Polo</i> during her last call at Montevideo

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.

Monday, February 25th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

In 100 days paper air tickets to the museum, says IATA

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.

Monday, February 25th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina promotes bird-watching as form of tourism

Red crested Cardinal

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.

Monday, February 25th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Spain leads as EU main attraction for foreign tourists

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.

Wednesday, February 13th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Julia Roberts on holidays in Chilean Patagonia

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.

Tuesday, February 12th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Controversial ruling of QM2 walkway accident that killed 16

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.


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