Wednesday, October 1st 2014 - 07:15 UTC

US embassy releases scathing report on crime in Argentina

US citizens in Argentina always be aware of surroundings, maintain a high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance personal security

Amid an ongoing dispute between the Argentine government and the US judiciary over the legal battle with holdout creditors, the US Embassy in Buenos Aires has issued a warning message for US citizens living in Argentina or about to travel to the country.

Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 08:58 UTC

European airlines cleared to allow passengers use mobile phones and PEDSs

“As a result, passengers will be able to use their PEDs just like in any other mode of transport - throughout the trip,” EASA said.

Airlines across Europe have been cleared to allow passengers' use of mobile phones and portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout flights. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said there would be no restrictions in place from a safety perspective - a long-held reason for devices to be turned off or placed in “airplane mode”.

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014 - 06:23 UTC

British Airways cuts weekly London/Buenos Aires direct flights to five a week

However the company will continue with its Boeing 777-200 meaning that there will be no reduction in the number of seats per flight.

British Airways will be eliminating two direct flights between Buenos Aires and London beginning 31 March 2015, meaning the weekly schedule will be cut from seven to five flights, mainly because of a drop in the number of passengers.

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 06:12 UTC

Seatrade Med held its annual party in Barcelona and honors Jacques Truau

Mr. Truau, president of Marseille-Provence Cruise Club, received the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Cruising in the Mediterranean.

Singapore Tourism Board (Destination of the Year), Copenhagen Malmo Port (Port of the Year), Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems (Supplier of the Year), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (Environmental Initiative), and Excursions Ltd (Innovative Shorex) were all honored last week as winners in the eighth Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards, principal sponsor Fidelio Cruise, presented at the Seatrade Med 2014 Party held at Barcelona's Gran Teatre Del Liceu.

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 06:00 UTC

Chile will host next year the Adventure Travel World summit

ATTA’s president Shannon Stowell said “Chile has embraced the foundation of what it means to develop a sustainable tourism model.

Chile has won the bid to host the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in 2015. The adventure tourism industry’s foremost annual gathering will take place from October 5th to the 8th in the town of Puerto Varas, in the Lake Region of Chile.

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 05:53 UTC

Cruise industry supports 891.000 jobs and catered 21,3 million tourists in 2013

”This study shows that the cruise industry’s growth is also generating increased jobs, income, and revenue in all regions of the world”, said Christine Duffy

New data released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) show that worldwide, cruise industry expenditures generated 117 billion dollars in total economic contributions, supporting the employment of 891,009 full-time equivalent employees with total wages of 38.47 billion.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:44 UTC

Global tourist numbers grew 4.6% in first half of 2014, according to WTO

“Tourism is consolidating the positive performance of recent years, providing development and economic opportunities worldwide,” said Taleb Rifai.

International tourist numbers grew 4.6% in the first half of 2014, boosted by strong growth in the Americas, Asia and parts of Europe, the World Tourism Organization said this week.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:57 UTC

VisitBritain: UK to refund cost of visa for Chinese tourists in organized groups

“The more Chinese tourists the merrier,” chancellor Osborne said.

British Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK. It was one of a series of measures announced at an economic summit in London, attended by Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.

Monday, September 8th 2014 - 07:22 UTC

“Smart-cruise” will have all passengers connected on RFID the moment they step on board

Royal Caribbean’s 'Quantum of the Seas' or “The World’s First Smart-ship” will be launched next month in Germany

With technology that has never been used on cruise ships before, including high-tech “WOWband” bracelets and apps that put everything at passengers’ fingertips, Royal Caribbean’s 'Quantum of the Seas' has been dubbed “The World’s First Smart-ship.”

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:42 UTC

Magallanes received 630.000 tourists in 2013, expects a 5% increase this year

Cruise vessels in Punta Arenas on a busy season day  (Pic LPA)

Magallanes Region economy (in the extreme south of Chile) received an injection of 220 million dollars from the 630.000 tourists that arrived by air, sea or land to the area during 2013, according to the latest release form the regional Tourism Office (Sernatur).


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