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Montevideo, April 26th 2018 - 09:48 UTC


  • Monday, January 15th 2018 - 10:43 UTC

    “Carnival Triumph” fails CDC sanitation inspection, for the first time ever

    Deficiencies identified included poorly maintained or soiled backflow preventers on potable water lines; two bathing pools with water levels below the required level

    The cruise ship that earned the “poop cruise” moniker in 2013 has failed her sanitation inspection for the first time ever. In a report completed in November and released earlier this week, inspectors with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave the Carnival Triumph a score of 78 out of 100, well below the required 86-point margin for a passing grade. It is the first time she has ever failed an inspection, according to two decades of CDC records, and the first time since 2009 that her score fell below 90 points.

  • Monday, January 15th 2018 - 04:23 UTC

    Norway laughs at Australia's blooper on polar bear attacks

    “Thank you Australia for your concern. We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and pose only limited risk” Norway reported

    Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a helpful clarification for Australian travelers, who had been warned by their government about Norwegian polar bear attacks.

  • Sunday, January 14th 2018 - 12:42 UTC

    The “ship of the millionaires” comes to Punta del Este

    The luxury ship will arrive to Punta del Este within a month

    Imagine having breakfast with an explorer and documentalist who turns out to be Jacques Cousteau's granddaughter. Or listen to a conference aboard the Nobel Prize in Physics Shuji Nakamura. Imagine waking up one day on an exotic island and the other in one of the great capitals of the world. Imagine owning a floating apartment worth between 1.2 and 7.5 million dollars.

  • Saturday, January 13th 2018 - 09:33 UTC

    Record breaking year for London Heathrow Airport: 78 million passengers

    Heathrow’s annual noise and contour report revealed noise footprint was at its smallest recorded level in 11 years. Night time jet movements also decreased by 32%

    A record breaking 78 million passengers travelled through London Heathrow Airport in 2017, up 3.1% on last year with passenger volumes driven by larger and fuller aircraft. Heathrow became one of the fastest growing major European hubs for cargo, with 1.7 million metric tons travelling through the airport – equivalent to the weight of 134,000 London buses or 136 London Shards.

  • Wednesday, January 10th 2018 - 10:23 UTC

    Seatrade Cruise Global returns to the renovated Miami Beach Convention Center

    Between 3 and 11 April 2019, over 11,000 attendees will descend on greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale to participate in the conferences.

    Seatrade Cruise Global, the leading annual global business-to-business event in the cruise industry, will return to the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center 8-11 April 2019 after a three year stint at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

  • Wednesday, January 10th 2018 - 10:18 UTC

    Workshop on Chinese outbound tourism scheduled at FITUR in Madrid

    A workshop on Chinese outbound tourism (17 January) will be among the first activities of UNWTO at FITUR

    The UN World Tourism Organization, WTO, Awards on Innovation and Excellence in Tourism, African and Middle East tourism development and the Chinese Market among the activities of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 38th edition of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR, January 17-21), the yearly kick-off for the world’s leading tourism meeting points.

  • Tuesday, January 9th 2018 - 09:55 UTC

    World's largest party: New Year celebrations in Rio beaches attracted 2.4 million people

    Cariocas and tourists of all ages had the opportunity to enjoy a seventeen minute pyrotechnic spectacle and an eclectic line-up with ten musical attractions

    Where was the best New Year party in the World? At Times Square New York in below zero temperature or on a sunny summer beach day in Rio De Janeiro with 2.4 million happy tourists and locals going wild. On Sunday, December 31st, 2.4 million people gathered on Copacabana’s beach to welcome 2018. According to Riotur, this is the largest audience ever registered in Copacabana’s New Year’s Eve celebration, considered one of the best in the world.

  • Tuesday, January 9th 2018 - 09:24 UTC

    Holidays' scam: Britons encouraged to say they were sick to collect claims on return home

    On average, successful claimants get payouts of just over £2,000 each. As many as nine million Britons have been approached to make such sickness claims

    Millions of Britons are being encouraged to say they were sick while on holiday, according to the Association of British Travel Agents. A poll carried out for ABTA suggests that 19% of all holidaymakers may have been approached by a claims management company on their return home.

  • Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 - 11:19 UTC

    Busiest air route in North America is Mexico City/Cancun with 3.7m pax

    Mexico City Juarez/Cancun 1.295kms route in the twelve-month period to October 31, 2017, was at the top of the rankings. The average cost of a ticket was US$72.

    A new study shows that Mexico City to Cancun is the busiest air route in North America. Almost 3.7 million passengers traveled the 1,294 km journey between Mexico City Juarez and Cancun in the twelve-month period between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, putting it at the top of the study’s rankings. The average cost of a ticket was US$72.

  • Friday, December 29th 2017 - 14:32 UTC

    Falkland Islands debates the landing fee for cruise visitors

    Mrs. Middleton described the proposed new charge as, “the highest in the region except for South Georgia”.

    The Falkland Islands Environment Committee, held a lively debate on the cost of the landing fee for cruise visitors which is scheduled to be increased to £25 per passenger, and which was described as “the highest in the region” by the head of the Islands Tourist Board.