Tourism

Tourism
Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

Controversy in Punta Arenas on servicing cruise vessels this coming season

According to Punta Arenas port company, 103 cruise vessels will be calling this coming September/April season

Controversy has erupted in Punta Arenas as to the consequences for the cruise season of the damage suffered by the Mardones jetty after a container vessel crashed into its structure.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 - 07:21 UTC

“Significant drop” in cruise calls in Uruguay this coming season

A spectacular sight to be repeated this season, four cruise vessels in Punta del Este

A significant drop in the number of calls and visitors is forecasted for this coming 2014/15 cruise season in Uruguay, according to tourism officials. While in the last season Uruguay received 238 cruise calls, beginning November the number is expected to drop to 187, this apparently because of the very high costs in the ports of Buenos Aires and Brazilian terminals.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 00:01 UTC

An estimated 36.500 tourists and 54 vessels expected this coming Antarctic season

“Since 2011-12, there has been a slight recovery in the overall numbers although there is little change forecast for this coming season” IAATO's Crosbie said.

During the upcoming Antarctic season, from November through March, 36,545 tourists are expected to visit, according to estimates compiled by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). That’s a slight dip from the 37,405 who visited in 2013-14, which was a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 06:47 UTC

New record for the US dollar in Argentina's 'blue market', 13.20 Pesos

The blue-chip swap rate went up and closed at 11.60 Pesos, while the stock exchange rate dropped to 12.54 Pesos

The US dollar in Argentine money markets continued its rising path on Thursday with a new record climb to close at 13.20 Pesos. This so-called “blue” dollar had jumped 20 cents to 13.15 pesos on Wednesday, breaking its 13.06 Pesos record from 23 January.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 06:44 UTC

Argentine July inflation 2.47% and 39.71% in twelve months, according to Congress index

“We are under the strong impression that inflation has stabilized at an annualized 40%” said lawmaker Sturzenegger

July consumer prices index in Argentina according to the so called Congressional index, climbed 2,47% and 39.71% in the last twelve months. The same index marked 2.2% in June indicating a growing tendency.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:26 UTC

All phone calls inside Chile become local; Punta Arenas code area is 61

“We're advancing in our project of bringing together all Chileans. It's a strong connectivity step which benefits families and companies” said Gomez Lobo.

Chile has become a single territory for telecommunications and long distance calls with different rates for fixed lines will no longer exist beginning Saturday. This in practical terms will also means a 50% reduction on normal phone calls.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 22:30 UTC

Quito, leading destination of South America, at World Travel Awards

“We are the leading destination in South America, an honor that opens the door for tourists to come and enjoy its marvels,” said Quito Mayor Mauricio Rodas

Ecuador's capital, Quito, was named “South America's Leading Destination” for the second year in a row at the 21st regional World Travel Awards gala, considered the Oscars of the tourism industry.

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 08:31 UTC

IATA warns Venezuela it could be left isolated, if it doesn't pay airlines

“There are five airlines that have come to an agreement, but only two have received the amounts agreed, while the other three have not,” said Peter Cerda

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reminded the Venezuelan government that if it fails to settle debts with international airlines, the country would be isolated from the world; hence, the association urged Venezuela to reach agreements, and above all, to fulfill such agreements.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 07:34 UTC

Carnival Cruise Lines to build a 70m tourism port at La Tortue, in Haiti

“It is worth it to know that the money that you are spending while having fun is helping someone to get out of poverty”, said PM Lamothe

Haiti announced it has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with the US-based Carnival Cruise Lines to build a tourism port on the island of Latortue, north of the island. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said the 70 million dollars project will help improve the lives of the estimated 36,000 people residing in the area.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014 - 00:20 UTC

Hanover TUI line orders new vessels as Germany is set to become Europe's main cruise market

CEO Joussen said TUI will expand in hotels and cruise ships, and is merging with TUI Travel Plc (TT/), Europe’s largest tour operator

Germany's TUI Cruises, a joint venture of TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are planning to spend as much as 2 billion Euros for four new vessels to meet increased European demand for cruise holidays. TUI Cruises expects Germany to overtake the UK as Europe's largest cruise market.

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