Friday, November 1st 2013 - 08:51 UTC

US aviation regulators clear passengers use of mobile devices from gate to gate

However cellular voice calls will remain banned because of the possibility of radio interference with flight equipment

Aviation regulators have cleared the safe use of mobile devices during take-off and landing for US airlines. US carriers are expected to let passengers use smart phones, tablets, and e-book readers from gate to gate by the end of the year.

Friday, November 1st 2013 - 05:49 UTC

Falklands' electoral debate suggests alternative air-link and better facilities for tourism

First session candidates: Melanie Gilding, Barry Elsby, Michael Poole, Mike Summers, Candy Blackley, Lynda Buckland and Gavin Short

An alternative north-south air-link and better facilities for tourism development surfaced at the Falkland Islands candidates debate ahead of 7 November General Election during the FIRS/Penguin News press conference earlier this week.

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - 16:26 UTC

Punta Arenas expects 23% increase in calls this 2013/14 cruise season

The port of Punta Arenas on a busy summer day with several cruise vessels

Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile is expecting over a hundred international calls this coming 2013/14 cruise season, which could reach over 150 including Puerto Natales and the domestic cruise lines, according to local authorities.

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - 05:20 UTC

Aerolineas Argentinas announces deal for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 Boeings

Gallard and Recalde during the announcement of the operation

Argentina's flag carrier Aerolineas Argentinas amd Boeing have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, an operation valued at 1.8 billion dollars (list price) which is seen as an effort by the Argentine government to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction.

Monday, October 21st 2013 - 22:14 UTC

Cruise on world tour calls in Uruguay; season opens officially November

This 2013/2014 season Uruguay is expecting 235 to 240 cruise calls

Even when Uruguay's official cruise season is scheduled for November this last Sunday Montevideo received “Costa Neo Romantica” a vessel on a world tour. She was expected to call at the Atlantic seaside resort of Punta del Este, but adverse weather conditions cancelled the visit.

Monday, October 21st 2013 - 06:21 UTC

Venezuela clamps down on 'currency tourism' with random checks at airports

Travelers can access dollars at the official rate of 6.3 bolivars per dollar, which on the black market can fetch about seven times the official rate.

The 'dollar-scarce' Venezuelan government is trying to clamp down on what it calls “currency tourism” with random checks of passengers leaving the country. The officials at the country's main airports are not guards or police but bureaucrats at state currency board Cadivi investigating whether travelers' documents match their requests for hard-to-get dollars.

Friday, October 18th 2013 - 15:27 UTC

Positive start to Falklands cruising season

M/V Ushuaia  (Pic by Joost Pompert)

The tourist season in the Falkland Islands opened on Saturday with the arrival of the M/V Ushuaia, which with 84 passengers is typical of the many smaller expedition vessels which pay visits to Stanley and also to some of the outlying islands famous for their abundant wildlife.

Thursday, October 17th 2013 - 01:05 UTC

Uruguay is the natural gateway to Mercosur markets Falkland Islands businessmen told

Chamber of Commerce members with the team from the Universal Shipping Agency

A visiting delegation from the Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce heard on Monday from the Vice-Chairman of the Uruguay-British Chamber of Commerce, Guillermo Wild, that Uruguay offered unrivalled opportunities for trade and access to Latin American markets.

Tuesday, October 15th 2013 - 12:41 UTC

“Chinese Taipei” represented at ICAO for the first time in four decades

Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General Jean Shen arriving at Montreal for the ICAO conference

Taiwan was represented at an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly for the first time in over four decades when a Taiwanese delegation was present at the opening session of this year's meeting in Montreal last month.

Monday, October 7th 2013 - 14:46 UTC

Brazilian push to attract more tourists taking advantage of 2014 World Cup

Embratur has held some 180 road-shows at trade exhibitions

Brazilian tourism officials say that the country has stepped up efforts to lure more foreign tourists as Brazil gears up to host 2014 World Cup. Tourist board Embratur said September had seen a major publicity push worldwide, including promotions at the just-ended Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) showcase in Tokyo, as well as across North America and Russia.


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