Monday, April 25th 2016 - 05:46 UTC

Cruise industry with 375 ships by 2026; Chinese market forecasted to jump 50%

With more and bigger ships the estimated annual passenger capacity is forecast to reach more than 33.5 million by 2026 from the 23.6 million this year

The world’s cruise fleet is set to grow to more than 375 ships by 2026, based on existing orders and known withdrawals, according to the 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.

Monday, April 25th 2016 - 05:39 UTC

Carnival retains cruise market leadership, but MSC is forecasted to double its share

 Carnival’s market share erosion is due to the expansion of the industry with aggressive new/building programs by the other major cruise companies

Carnival Corporation will retain its leading market share going forward, with more than 40% of the global cruise market by 2026, but down from 44.3% this year, according to the 2016/2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises will double its market share.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 15:51 UTC

Carnival cruise to Havana triggers controversy with Cuban/Americans who allege discrimination

Marty is part of a class-action lawsuit claiming that Carnival is discriminating against Cuban-Americans looking to travel to their homeland.

A federal lawsuit is claiming that Carnival Corporation is discriminating against Cuban-Americans who weren’t allowed to book tickets on a cruise to the Castro brothers dominated country. CNN reports that when Carnival announced plans for a cruise ship from its Fathom line to sail from Miami to Havana in May, Francisco Marty jumped at the opportunity to surprise his children with a trip back to their native land.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 07:55 UTC

Lan's CEO agrees to pay fine in the US to settle charges involving operations in Argentina

LAN'S CEO, Ignacio Cueto Plaza, did not admit or deny wrongdoing in agreeing to settle civil charges that he violated the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Chile's LAN Airlines CEO will pay a US$75,000 fine to settle charges that he authorized improper payments to Argentina union officials to persuade them to ease their demands in a labor dispute, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Friday, April 22nd 2016 - 06:37 UTC

Cueto group takes major loss because of Latam Airlines performance problems

 Juan José Cueto, CVA president, in a letter to shareholders reported that the situation can be traced to the group's investment in Latam Airlines Group

Latam Airlines Group, made up of Chilean and Brazilian investors, ended last year with losses of 219 million dollars. However during the same period the Cueto family investment group, identified as Costa Verde Aeronautica, CVA, suffered even higher losses, 414 million dollars, mostly because of the performance problem of the largest Latin American airline.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 - 22:42 UTC

First commercial airliner lands in St Helena: new chapter of opportunities for the BOT island in mid Atlantic

British Airways Boeing 737-800 prepares to touch down at St Helena’s airport.  It is the actual Boeing aircraft which will serve the St Helena/Johannesburg route.

The British Overseas Territory St Helena in mid Atlantic made history on Monday as the first large passenger jet aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 (ZS-ZWG), touched down at St Helena’s new Airport shortly after 12.00 noon. This is the actual Boeing aircraft which will serve the St Helena/Johannesburg rout, according to a release from the local government.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 - 01:39 UTC

“Punta Arenas best cruise season in six years”, with 77.248 visitors and 121 calls

“This was the best cruise season in six years, quite close to the 90.000 visitors of 2007/08” said Ignacio Covacevich, head of EPA, the Austral Port Authority

Punta Arenas port authorities, in the extreme south of Chile, reported that during this 2015/16 cruise season there was a 35% increase in the number of cruise visitors, 77.248 passengers, and 121 vessel calls, one of the most encouraging in the last decade.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

Argentine travel agencies promote Falklands' weeklong tour package

 The tour has a basic historic emphasis and includes visiting battlegrounds from the 1982 conflict, Mount Longdon, Goose Green, San Carlos

The network of Argentine travel agencies under the umbrella organization Lufthansa CityCenter, has come up with a package for Argentines wishing to travel to the Falkland Islands, in search of a cultural approach with an emotive tour of the historic sites of the Islands.

Friday, April 15th 2016 - 05:04 UTC

St Helena reaches to the world: 21 May airport official opening with presence of Prince Edward

The £250 million airport aims to provide air services to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the island

The Government of St Helena has announced that the official opening of the island's new airport is set to take place on 21 May 2016, in the presence of HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. For the British Overseas Territory island in mid Atlantic and with an only monthly sea link, the airport means a dream come true, and both the St Helena and UK governments hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 - 22:18 UTC

Punta Arenas cruise season: 29% increase in the number of visitors landings

 The  number of cruise vessel calls this season increased from 48 to 54. During the 2014/15 season, the number of cruise visitors landed was 78.908.

Almost 30% more cruise visitors landed in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, during the current 2015/16 season which is coming to an end. According to Chile's maritime migration officers, 109.746 cruise passengers and crew members were recorded, which represents a 29% compared to the previous season. The primary report was released by La Prensa Austral.


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