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Thursday, May 29th 2014 - 22:06 UTC

Rousseff sends the Army to safeguard airports and hotels hosting national teams

The decision follows the hounding of the Brazilian national team bus by striking teachers

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff ordered the Army, which already occupies several of the favelas (shanty towns) in Rio do Janeiro to move in and take responsibility for airports and hotels that will be hosting the 32 national teams competing for the World Cup.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 08:40 UTC

Five killed as small plane goes down in the River Plate coast; four survived

The rescue operation had to be done with helicopters in baskets because of the shallow muddy waters

A small plane crash landed on Tuesday into the Río de la Plata river with nine passengers on board. Four of them were successfully rescued and transferred to hospitals in Buenos Aires and Uruguay, and at least five people were reported dead.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 08:06 UTC

Falkland Islander Debby, first woman to be appointed to top tourism job in New Zealand

Debby Summers was former Tourism Development Manager for Sulivan Shipping

Falkland Islands and former Tourism Development Manager for Sulivan Shipping Ltd, Debs Summers, now living in New Zealand has become the first woman ever to join the Board of Directors of leading destinations Management company ID New Zealand.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 00:27 UTC

Antarctica visitors up 9% in 2013/14 season, totaling 37.405, according to IATTO

IATTO is holding its 25th annual meeting in Providence

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2013-2014 season, on the first day of its 25th Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. The total number was 37.405, up 9% with a growing prevalence of Chinese visitors.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 00:19 UTC

Venezuela airline tickets to rise 350% beginning July first; part of a deal to pay pending debt

Association of Airlines Figuera said the price of the tickets will be calculated at 50 Bolivar to the dollar

As airlines cut service to Caracas and Venezuela struggles with a continuing debt crisis, the government of President Nicolás Maduro revealed that it would raise all international airline ticket prices by 350%. The measure should allow to pay part of the 4 billion dollars owed to foreign airlines, according to the government.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 09:59 UTC

Relief: airports could soon have devices to screen liquids and gels

The potential solution is the Insight100 scanner which can analyze liquids within five seconds, without the need to open containers.

Taking baby foods through airport security is a major headache for parents travelling with young children. But now there's a potential solution: the Insight100 scanner which can analyze liquids within five seconds, without the need to open containers.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 07:39 UTC

FIFA warns about buying World Cup tickets from unauthorized sellers

The Stubhub website was offering tickets made available by buyers priced from 2,300 dollars for the opening Brazil-Croatia game

FIFA has told fans buying World Cup tickets from unauthorized sellers that they could be barred from stadiums. Three weeks from the opening match, FIFA said yesterday that it “cancels tickets discovered as illegally sold or re-sold with the bearers risking not being permitted entry.” FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said some fans have already been affected.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 07:22 UTC

Maduro blames the World Cup for airlines decision to cut flights to Venezuela

This month,  Panama’s Copa Airlines and Alitalia became the latest carriers to cut flights to Caracas

President Nicolás Maduro said the World Cup is to blame for international airlines’ decision to cut flights to Venezuela and denied that the move had anything to do with his government's refusal to allow them to repatriate proceeds from ticket sales inside the country.

Friday, May 23rd 2014 - 23:59 UTC

Strikes and protests in chaotic Sao Paulo move to the suburbs

Suburban bus drivers are demanding a similar salary increase to their city counterparts

Brazil faced new protests and strikes Friday as bus drivers continued their walkout in Sao Paulo's suburbs and Rio de Janeiro braced for demonstrations 20 days from the World Cup.

Friday, May 23rd 2014 - 22:25 UTC

Dominican Republic tourism industry success story: 4.7 million tourists in 2013

Its main tourist resort Punta Cana is tops among all destinations in the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic’s 2013 visitor numbers grew by 3.6% over the previous year, outpacing the entire Caribbean region, which recorded growth in tourism of only 1%. Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia described it as “an extraordinary year.”

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