Wednesday, January 7th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Dakar rally in Argentina claims motorcyclist life

French motorcyclist Pascal Terry has been found dead after being reported missing on Sunday during the second stage of the Dakar Rally which was relocated to Argentina and Chile for its 31st edition.

Wednesday, December 31st 2008 - 20:00 UTC

NY becomes US number 1 tourist city with 47 m. visitors

NY City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

New York City attracted an estimated 47 million visitors and $30 billion in total spending in 2008, both record highs according to figures released by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and confirming the Big Apple as the projected number one tourist city of the United States.

Tuesday, December 30th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Dakar rally spirit invades Buenos Aires ready for launching

More than ten thousand people and 500 vehicles turned up on Monday in Buenos Aires, for the official launching of the 2009 Dakar Rally, which for the first time will be disputed outside Africa and takes off next January 3 from the Argentine capital covering 9.600 kilometres of Argentine and Chilean territory.

Monday, December 29th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

EU Court rules airlines must compensate for technical problems

Airlines must pay compensation to passengers whose flights are cancelled because of technical problems with the plane, European judges ruled this week.

The only exception, said the European Court of Justice, is if the technical problems are caused by “extraordinary” events outside the normal activities of the airline - such as terrorism or sabotage or a hidden manufacturing fault which suddenly comes to light.

Monday, December 29th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Damien Hirst Mexico vacation with SAS bodyguards

Damien Hirst, the British artist with a personal fortune estimated in excess of 300 million US dollars has hired four personal bodyguards who are all former members of the SAS, British special forces.

Sunday, December 28th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Forty days repairs for “Ushuaia” in Punta Arenas dry dock

The Panamanian flagged cruise vessel Ciudad de Ushuaia that in early December ran aground close to the Antarctic Peninsula should be ready to resume her activities in 30/40 days time according to sources from Asmar Magallanes, the yard in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile where she is undergoing repairs.

Thursday, December 25th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Four cruises and 8.000 visitors on one day in Punta del Este

Uruguay's main sea side resort renowned Punta del Este received this week four cruise vessels simultaneously and although not all of the 8.000 passengers landed a significant percentage did make it ashore, establishing a record visit.

Wednesday, December 24th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

South Georgia tourism ecosystem research project

Two researchers, who are part of a joint Research Project by Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and the Sub-Antarctic Foundation for Ecosystems Research (SAFER) spent three weeks at South Georgia Island in November for the start of a tourism monitoring project for the South Georgia Government.

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Chilean tourism expanded 6% in 2008 with 2.65m foreigners

Tourism activity in Chile during 2008 has expanded 6% compared to the previous year according to Oscar Santelices, Chile's head of the Tourist Office, Sernatur.

Monday, December 22nd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Torres del Paine feeling global pinch and lack of promotion

Chile's renowned Torres del Paine national park in Patagonia is also suffering the consequences of the global slowdown according to visitors numbers released by the regional Forestry and Parks Department, Conaf.


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