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Tourism
Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 10:54 UTC

Chile celebrates best cruise season in seven years

The milestone of the season was the return of Norwegian Cruise Line, with the Norwegian Sun, and 40 calls in Chilean ports and an estimated 100.000 visitors.

Chile reports that this last cruise season (October 2015/April 2016), has been the best in seven years, according to the Southern Cone Ports Corporation, with a 47% increase in the number of vessel calls and 43% in landed passengers, compared to 2014/2015.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 06:23 UTC

Falklands hopeful of improved relations with Argentina, Gilbert House tells BIMR conference

Cherie Clifford, MLA Dr. Barry Elsby meet CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan at the States of Assembly in the island of Jersey

Falkland Islands remains hopeful of improved relations with the new administration of Argentina and cooperation in the many areas of mutual interest such as fisheries and connectivity, but sovereignty of the Falklands is not for negotiation, reads the Gilbert House report to the 46th British Isles and Mediterranean Region Conference, which opened on Sunday in Jersey.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 16:44 UTC

IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary with record number or participants; Bob Simpson reappointed

“There was a great sense of unity and achievement in the room when the meeting closed”, said Bob Simpson, Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has concluded its 25th anniversary meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a record number of participating members. Sixty-nine members attended, agreeing on changes to membership structure and outcomes that strengthen the association’s ability to achieve its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 08:21 UTC

St. Helena airport certified, which brings opening day closer

St Helena’s first Aerodrome Certificate is valid until 9 November 2016, at which point the Airport will need to be re-certified.

British Overseas Territory St. Helena achieved a major milestone on Tuesday when Air Safety Support International (ASSI) issued an Aerodrome Certificate to brand new St Helena Airport - having been satisfied that the Airport infrastructure, aviation security measures and air traffic control service complies with international aviation safety and security standards. This follows a final inspection of the Airport by an ASSI team last month.

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 00:23 UTC

Carnival takes delivery of the 3.954 pax and 133.500 ton Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista repositioned to Trieste, Italy, where it departed on its maiden voyage, beginning a summer schedule in Europe that runs until October 2016.

At a traditional maritime handover ceremony held on May first at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, the 133,500-tonne Carnival Vista.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 22:17 UTC

“Whale recovery in Falklands” and an explosion of sightings

Peak of whale sightings: January to March each year

”Whale recovery in Falklands’ waters was the subject of an article in Penguin News in October last year. It outlined the Marine Spatial Planning team’s efforts to capture the story of the mammal’s recovery.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 - 21:04 UTC

Antarctica visitors increase 4.6% in 2015/16; IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary

American and Australian visitors remained the most numerous, accounting for 35.5% and 11% of the total number of visitors.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2015-2016 Antarctic season on the first day of its 25th Anniversary Meeting in its home town of Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 20:11 UTC

St Helena postpones official opening of the new airport

Last week the Island’s Air Service Provider, Comair, brought a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to St Helena on an ‘Implementation Flight’

The St. Helena Government confirms that further safety and operational work is required prior to the Official Opening of the Island’s new Airport – and that this event has therefore been postponed. While this means that the Airport will not officially open on 21 May 2016 as originally planned, the safety of aircraft and passengers is of course paramount.(MP, 15 and 19 April).

Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 08:39 UTC

“Adonia”, the first US cruise vessel in fifty years to dock in Havana on Monday

“Making history and preparing for an even more positive future for everyone is the greatest of honors any company can have,” said Carnival CEO Arnold Donald

The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana. The Adonia, a vessel from the Carnival cruise's Fathom line, raised its anchors and departed from Miami, the heart of the Cuban diaspora in the United States, around 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 07:51 UTC

Penguin Day, April 25; Falklands one of the great penguin capitals

The majestic King penguins at Volunteer Point

April 25 is one of two days dedicated to the adorable, waddling birds. April 25 is World Penguin Day while January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day.In addition to two penguin days, there are believed to be 17 penguin species, ranging from the Little Blue Penguin to the mighty Emperor Penguin. And several of these are threatened by climate change.

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