Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Tourism boom in Cuba: Europeans want to enjoy the island “before the Americans arrive”

The number of US visitors, 600,000 annually, a figure that includes many Cuban-Americans visiting relatives, is expected to escalate.

The Cuban government says it has prepared for a surge in tourist arrivals with an airport expansion plan and new luxury hotels under construction in Havana and popular beach resorts like Varadero. But according to tour operators, it is already getting difficult to find available hotel rooms or reserve tables at popular restaurants, especially during the high season.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

IAATO agrees to ban recreational use of UAVs in Antarctica’s coastal areas

The UAV's ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) members have agreed that, for the 2015-16 season, they will not allow the recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:06 UTC

Punta Arenas cruise visitors this season totaled 56.383 with 100 calls

Of the 100 vessel calls, forty were international and the rest domestic (Pic LPA)

The results of the 2014/2015 cruise season were considered 'positive' for Punta Arenas, in the extreme south of Chile, which received 100 vessel calls, of which 40 international and 60 domestic, totaling 56.383 visitors, a similar number to the previous season.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 05:49 UTC

US approves licenses for passenger ferry service with Cuba

“The ships are ready to go,” said Robert Muse, a Washington-based lawyer who represented Baja Ferries and specializes in Cuba embargo matters.

The US Treasury Department has approved licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official announced. One of the licenses was issued to Baja Ferries, part of a major shipping group with passengers and cargo operations, including on Mexico's west coast, according to a lawyer who handled the license application.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Number of tourists visiting Antarctica was down, according to IAATO

The total number of visitors traveling to Antarctica with IAATO members was 36,702, a decrease of 2 percent compared to the previous season.

The number of adventurous tourists visiting Antarctica dipped in the 2014-15 austral season but is expected to bounce back this year, according to visitor totals released by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

IAATO 2015 convention starts today in Rotterdam - Falkland Islands Tourist Board Management in Attendance

 “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason

Tony Mason, Director, International Communications and Stephanie Middleton, Interim CEO of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board are in Rotterdam, Netherlands this week attending the IAATO conference where key issues affecting the region will be discussed.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:35 UTC

Punta Arenas cruise visitors numbers up 30% during the 2014/15 season

Windy Punta Arenas is the main port of call for cruise vessels in the south of Chile. This season 48 visited the city.

Cruise visitors to Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile during this last 2014/15 season increased by 30%, with 48 vessel calls between last October and April this year, according to Chilean migration and international police records. This represents 78.872 cruise passengers, and is an increase over the 35 calls from the previous season 2013/2014.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Norovirus outbreak on two cruise ships off the coasts of Mexico and California

One of the two most recent outbreaks took place on the Legend of the Seas while on a two-week cruise that ended on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Royal Caribbean passengers were stricken with acute gastrointestinal ailments, including vomiting and diarrhea, on two cruise ships off the coasts of Mexico and California earlier this week. The debilitating illness was identified as norovirus, outbreaks of which aren’t uncommon on cruise ships, especially during the winter season.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

St. Helena prepares for airport opening with boutique hotel and South African airline

A view of Jamestown which expects an economic boost once the airport begins receiving air traffic from South Africa and hopefully an influx of tourists

Two South African companies, Mantis in the hotel business and Comair airline, will be playing a vital role in developing St Helena's economy through increased communications and the tourist industry, once the international airport is opened next February, according to the latest news from the British Overseas Territory in mid South Atlantic.

Monday, April 13th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

Ushuaia expects at least 16 additional calls for the 2015/16 cruise season

Ushuaia this season was the only Argentine port to see an increase in the number of cruise calls and visitors

Ushuaia in the extreme south of Argentina expects sixteen additional calls for the next cruise season 2015/16, according to Tierra del Fuego province ports authority, which together with other representatives attended the recent Seatrade Cruise international fair held in Miami. This includes vessels from the Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as the Splendor of the Seas, Crystal Symphony and Japan's Asuka II.


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