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Thursday, February 26th 2015 - 04:14 UTC

Brazilian lawmaker wants closer ties with 'Falklands' and even considers 'a friendship forum'

Celso Maldaner belongs to the strongest electoral party in Brazil and main ally of the ruling coalition headed by president Rousseff

Brazilian federal Deputy for the southern state of Santa Catarina Celso Maldaner who last week visited the Falkland Islands said he wants to 'influence and push' for a commercial opening of Brazil with the Islands, since he believes there is great potential for making business particularly regarding fisheries and tourism.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:37 UTC

IAATO tests protocols in Antarctic Search and Rescue exercise with RCCNZ

In the scenario MV Ortelius, operated by Oceanwide Expeditions, reported an engine room fire that caused a temporary loss of power and eight casualties

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and two member operators, Oceanwide Expeditions and Heritage Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise in collaboration with Maritime New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) on Feb. 12.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 06:00 UTC

Caribbean is anticipating 5% increase in tourist arrivals after a record 2014

“Last year, we received more visitors than ever before, recording our fifth straight year of growth” said CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization, CTO, is projecting a 5% increase in tourist arrivals in 2015 after the region recorded its best year ever in 2014. CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley told reporters a record 26.3 million visitors came to the Caribbean last year, spending a record US$29.2 billion.

Saturday, February 14th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Cruise industry leaders set course for annual global event March16/19

Cruise Shipping Miami's State of the Industry session, which sets the course of the cruise industry's premier annual event is scheduled for March 16/19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and will feature the chief executives of the world's largest cruise companies in a wide-ranging discussion of the health and future of the global cruise business.

Friday, February 13th 2015 - 13:56 UTC

A canine brigade in Punta Arenas helps to speed the landing of 4.000 visitors

The sniffers walking along the queue of arriving passengers last Monday

How do you manage to make the mandatory phyto-sanitary controls when 4.000 visitors come ashore on the same day virtually at the same time, and the port is not a major terminal. Particularly when the country is a main producer of fruit and other agriculture goods and must act with the utmost jealousy to ensure its privileged position as a world leading exporter.

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 05:26 UTC

Costa Concordia cruise captain sentenced to 16 years in prison for 2012 shipwreck

Francesco Schettino was commanding the vessel, when it hit rocks off the Giglio island, tearing a hole in its side.

The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio. Francesco Schettino was commanding the vessel, a floating hotel as long as three football pitches, when it hit rocks off the island, tearing a hole in its side.

Saturday, February 7th 2015 - 05:41 UTC

Grandeur of the Seas struck by Norovirus cuts shorts Caribbean cruise

According to Royal Caribbean 193 passengers (9.91%) and nine crewmembers (1.15%) experienced gastrointestinal illness, confirmed as norovirus.

A ten-night sailing of Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship was cut short by one day after nearly 10% of passengers were struck by norovirus. An unrelated medical emergency expedited the need for the ship to dock early as bad weather made an at-sea transfer impossible.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 23:02 UTC

Qatar Airways takes 10% of IAG, owner of British Airways and Iberia

Willie Walsh, IAG's chief executive, said he was delighted Qatar had become a “long-term supportive shareholder”.

Qatar Airways has emerged as the owner of a 10% stake in International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways (BA) and Iberia. The Gulf airline is already a member of the Oneworld Alliance.

Wednesday, February 4th 2015 - 08:16 UTC

A record 56.4 million tourists visited New York last year

 “Our excellent quality of life, low levels of crime and constant dynamism continue to attract record tourism each year” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A record 56.4 million tourists visited New York last year, drawn by its diverse culture, low crime and “dynamism,” and generating 61.3 billion for America's largest city, officials said this week.

Monday, February 2nd 2015 - 03:46 UTC

“Good cruise season” for Punta Arenas with some 60.000 visitors

Currently there are ten ports certified by Chile and the cruise industry, with 194 calls in the 2013/14 season

Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile is expecting some 60.000 visitors this cruise season (2014/15) according to estimates from the local port authority Empresa Portuaria Austral, EPA, which is considered a 'good season' and an improvement over previous years.

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