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Saturday, January 16th 2016 - 10:05 UTC

St Helena and its new airport get ready for tourism take-off

A view of Jamestown and the St Helena in the bay

The Guardian Weekly has published a piece on prospects for St Helena with the opening of its international airport, most probably next May, and which is expected to turn the mid Atlantic's island economy, particularly with tourism, since none less that Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last years until his death, almost two centuries ago.

Wednesday, January 13th 2016 - 04:04 UTC

IAATO Executive Director and Falklands' resident awarded the Queen's Polar Medal

Dr. Kim Crosbie career began in 1991 when she joined the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, as a research student.

Dr Kim Crosbie, IAATO Executive Director, and IAATO Member Jérôme Poncet of Golden Fleece Expeditions who is a resident of the Falkland Islands, have been awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal. The announcement was made last week in The London Gazette.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - 06:38 UTC

Cruise ports and island-resorts funded by the same companies, boom in the Caribbean and Central America

MSC Cruises announced they will be building the largest island development by any cruise line. With US$200 million it will create a private island in  Bahamas

The Caribbean and cruise ship passengers alike are expected to benefit from at least four new cruise ports that are in the works to open in the region in the next few years. Cruise Fever reports that Harvest Caye in Belize will be the first up and running, with a scheduled opening date of February 16, when Norwegian Jade visits the port to take in the country’s eclectic mix of rainforests, jungle, and coral reefs.

Friday, January 8th 2016 - 20:06 UTC

US and Cuban universities sign cooperation and student exchange programs

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who was present for the signing this week at the University of Havana, hailed the agreement.

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Havana that will allow the institutions to develop cooperative programs in a variety of academic disciplines.

Wednesday, December 30th 2015 - 02:47 UTC

US bans imports of lion trophies; the majestic cats protected by USFWS Endangered Species Act

The move comes after lions suffered a 60% population decline across Africa, and its most direct impact is to restrict imports of lion trophies from African countries

In a move that is likely to put a major dent in South Africa’s canned hunting industry for lions — a practice involving the shooting of these majestic predators in fenced enclosures in a pay-to-slay arrangement— the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it will institute important new measures to protect lions under the Endangered Species Act.

Wednesday, December 30th 2015 - 02:22 UTC

Busy weekend for Ushuaia: 8.000 cruise visitors

The Norwegian Sun arrived from Valparaiso with final destination Buenos Aires;  Star Princess also from Valparaiso and is heading for Buenos Aires

Over 8.000 cruise visitors arrived in Ushuaia over the weekend when the Star Princess (2.600 pax), Norwegian Sun (2.400 pax), Infinity (2.400 pax) and the Seabourn Quest coincided in the extreme south port of Argentina in the peak of the Southern hemisphere season.

Tuesday, December 29th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

New five-year strategy for South Georgia emphasizes environment management

Close track at the way tourists and other visitors experience South Georgia to better support safe, sustainable and environmentally sensitive visits

The new five-year Strategy for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands 2016-2020 was published on 27th November. The Strategy sets out an ambitious agenda to deliver the highest standards of environmental stewardship and governance for the British Overseas Territory, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

Monday, December 28th 2015 - 08:14 UTC

Cruise ship troubles cut South Georgia season down to size

Le Boreal, which usually brings 200 passengers to South Georgia each visit, has cancelled at least two trips following an engine room fire on 18th November Pic. M. Phillips

A serious fire on board a cruise ship in November led to a large-scale rescue operation off the Falkland Islands and means that three visits to South Georgia in the new year are likely to be cancelled, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

Monday, December 28th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

Tierra del Fuego applauds end of dollar clamp in Argentina but cautions about domestic and Mercosur tourists

“It is undeniable that Argentina and Tierra del Fuego in particular will position quite differently with foreign tourism following the latest decisions”, said Lietti

Tierra del Fuego tourism industry praised the Argentine government's decisions to end the dollar clamp and make more transparent the foreign money exchange because “this will make the country, and Tierra del Fuego, highly competitive internationally”. However they also cautioned that consideration must be given to domestic and regional tourists which make up almost 45% of the number of the people visiting the extreme south of Argentina.

Monday, December 21st 2015 - 07:44 UTC

Chile announces end of airport strike: Lan promises additional flights but does not discard delays

“We deeply regret this situation, that we will go the extra mile together with the airlines and staff to reverse the situation”, said Defense Minister Jose A Gomez.

Chile's Defense Minister announced the government and workers tied to the civil aviation authority reached an agreement Sunday, ending a four-day strike that forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.

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