Thursday, February 11th 2016 - 05:22 UTC

Magallanes enjoying an unexpected excellent cruise season

“The number of cruise visitors has jumped from an expected 60.000 to 80.000 with 119 calls to the end of the season next April, representing a 30% increase” said Araya

Chile anticipates a 30% increase in cruise activity in the extreme south of the country, mainly Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, announced Lorena Araya, head of Magallanes region National Tourism Service, Sernatur.

Wednesday, February 10th 2016 - 05:26 UTC

Meteorologists rebuke Royal Caribbean's “Anthem of the Seas” on weather report

The 168,666-ton vessel eventually confronted winds of up to 100 mph and created waves higher than 20 to 30 feet

“Royal Caribbean should have known better”. That's the word Tuesday from weather experts who closely monitored the development of the storm that rocked the line's Anthem of the Seas, on Sunday and Monday.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 08:15 UTC

Ushuaia has received 58.000 cruise visitors since 15 September; “Queen Mary” expected next week

The largest number of visitors was concentrated in January, with an estimated 25.000, and this weekend promises to be equally busy with 10.000 passengers.

An estimated 58,000 cruise visitors have landed in Ushuaia, extreme south of Argentina during the current 2015/16 season which took off last 15 September, according to the Tierra del Fuego Tourism Institute. The largest number was concentrated in January, with an estimated 25.000, and this weekend promises to be equally busy with several vessels calling with 10.000 passengers.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:24 UTC

IAATO animated briefings for Antarctic visitors

The IAATO animations use beautiful wooden puzzle pieces to reflect Antarctica’s extraordinary natural environment.

New videos have been developed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) to brief travelers en route to Antarctica. They reinforce actions visitors need to take to ensure their visit is safe and environmentally sensitive.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 05:42 UTC

Zika cancellations to be waived by cruise lines in the Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines said it will allow pregnant women on sailings that include  destinations impacted by the virus to switch to an itinerary to an unaffected area.

Cruise lines have followed the lead of major airlines and begun waiving cancellation penalties for some customers booked on voyages to the Caribbean and other destinations affected by the fast-spreading Zika virus.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 11:29 UTC

Falklands/Chile weekly flight: LAN interested in having a larger aircraft

A LAN aircraft, Airbus 320, with 150 seats, makes one return trip to the Faklands a week from Santiago, Chile via Punta Arenas

An indication of interest has been forthcoming from Chile's flag carrier LAN in relation to bringing in a larger aircraft to cope with the volume of passengers and freight to the Falkland Islands.

Thursday, January 28th 2016 - 05:50 UTC

Airlines offering refunds to passengers booked to fly to countries with Zika cases

BA said pregnant customers with flights to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, or to Mexico City or Cancun (Mexico), could change their booking free of charge

Some airlines, including those serving the Caribbean, have started offering refunds to passengers who had been booked to fly to countries where cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed. United Airlines, American Airlines and British Airways are allowing passengers to back out of travel.

Monday, January 25th 2016 - 09:56 UTC

Tourists' arrivals grew 4.4% last year and forecasted to increase 4% this year

“The robust performance of the sector is contributing to economic growth and job creation in many parts of the world”, said WTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 2015 marks the 6th consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by 4% or more every year since the post-crisis year of 2010.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 09:46 UTC

As locals in Punta del Este, “we enjoy a dignified and happy life”

“We are happy, we can live in Punta del Este, we have a good time, we surf, work and bask in beaches”, argues Punta del Este elected mayor Andrés Jafif

London's The Guardian in an article credited to Oliver Balch argues that Punta del Este, Uruguay's main international summer resort has become a 'golden ghetto' for the rich where the poor can't afford staples or lodging. However Mayor Andrés Jafif openly disagrees with the reporting and argues that ”we might be poor (by European standards) but we are happy, we can live in Punta del Este, we have a good time, we surf, work and bask in beaches”.

Wednesday, January 20th 2016 - 07:32 UTC

Changes to the South Atlantic Air-bridge: Brize Norton-MPA Falkland Islands

An additional hand luggage allowance of 9 kg is now permitted in addition to a passenger’s defined luggage allowance.

The Falkland Islands' government and the UK Ministry of Defense have announced that residents should be aware of recent changes to regulations related to travel on the South Atlantic Airbridge, Brize Norton/MPA.


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