Chilean carrier LAN Airlines is seeking to expand its visibility following its June merger with Brazilian operator TAM. LAN announced the launch of “Only in South America,” a micro website designed to connect users to the airline’s South American destinations on a personal level through expert advice from “South America Insiders” with knowledge of popular and off-the-beaten-path travel experiences in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The site is part of an extended multi-year marketing initiative to highlight LAN’s unparalleled network of regional destinations and promote leisure travel to South America.
LAN’s merger with TAM created Latam Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest carrier. The TAM and LAN brands provide passenger service to 150 destinations in 22 countries. The micro-site will provide leisure travelers with opportunities to virtually explore South America and create itineraries that include flights, hotels, and vacation packages.
“The new microsite is further proof of LAN’s commitment to promoting travel to South America and its passion for the region,” said Pablo Chiozza, Latam’s vice president of North America and the Caribbean.
“We believe South America’s people are the best reasons to visit the region, so we are excited to connect visitors to the site with this kind of insider knowledge.”
LAN is also offering a Facebook contest in conjunction with the new micro-site. The “My South America Dream List” sweepstakes runs through Sept. 1, 2012, and offers fans of the LAN Airlines USA Facebook page who provide details of their South America “dream list” a chance to win one of five “Only in South America” vacation packages to Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Buenos Aires, the Andes, and Santiago, Chile.
Latin America specialist launches twice-weekly service to Bolivia
Air Europa, the Latin America specialists, will launch a new route to Santa Cruz from 29 November as the carrier expands its long-haul programme.
Using the new Airbus 330-200, the twice-weekly service, from London Gatwick via Madrid, provides UK travellers with great value airfares to Bolivia’s indigenous villages, Amazon jungle, and the world’s largest salt plains of Salar de Uyuni.
“In what has been a challenging time for the airline industry, we are extremely proud to introduce yet another long-haul route to our growing portfolio of services to South America,” says Colin Stewart, UK General Manager, Air Europa.
“Since launching the London Gatwick-Madrid route over three years ago, we’ve gone from strength to strength and hope that this new service will further cement our position as the airline of choice to Latin America,” says Colin.
The new route to Bolivia is the latest addition to the airline’s extensive list of services across South America and the Spanish Caribbean including Buenos Aires; Argentina, Caracas; Venezuela, Havana; Cuba and Santo Domingo; Dominican Republic. The airline has also boosted capacity on its Gatwick to Madrid connection by replacing the Embraer 195 with the Boeing 737, adding an extra 120 seats a day to the route.
With short connection times of less than three and a half hours and a generous baggage allowance of 23kg, Air Europa continues to open the gateway to South America for UK travellers.
For more information please visit www.aireuropa.com or call 0871 423 0717 to speak with a UK based reservation agent.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises brings its hallmark all-inclusive luxury voyages to South America this winter where guests can sail along the mighty Amazon, cruise around Cape Horn, explore the Panama Canal and visit the largest Magellanic Penguin colony in the world. Each voyage offers Regent Seven Seas’ incomparable value of two-for-one fares, free round-trip air, unlimited complimentary shore excursions, a pre-cruise luxury hotel package and bonus savings.
“From vast rainforests to long mountain ranges, South America’s ever-changing landscape will awe and inspire even the most seasoned traveler,” said Mark Conroy, the line’s president.
“Whether choosing our 72-night voyage that circumvents the continent or shorter sailings that focus on specific regions, guests will appreciate the unparalleled service, spacious accommodations and all-inclusive value delivered by Regent Seven Seas.”
Circle South America
The all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Mariner explores many of the continent’s most popular ports-of-call with the Circle South America 72-night voyage, roundtrip from Miami departing January 7, 2013.
Exclusive amenities include free First Class round-trip air, special pre-cruise overnight and gala dinner in Miami, exclusive shoreside events, free private transfers to and from the port of Miami, free roundtrip luggage delivery service, internet access, visas.
· Peruvian Promenade, departing January 7, is a 14-night voyage from Miami to Lima, with visits in Curacao, Aruba, an overnight stay in Cartagena, Columbia before transiting the famed Panama Canal en route to Ecuador, and includes as many as 39 complimentary shore excursions.
Three-day post cruise land programs to Machu Picchu are also available;
· Chilean Fjord Rhapsody begins its voyage in Lima on January 21 with visits to magnificent Laguna San Rafael, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina, two of the most southern cities in the world.
The journey continues around Cape Horn before heading to the Falkland Islands; Puerto Madryn in Argentina, home of the largest Magellanic Penguins colony in the world; before reaching the old world charm of Montevideo, Uruguay, and ending with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires.
Guests will enjoy a choice of up to 43 free shore excursions on this 24-night sailing;
· Sophisticated South America departs from Buenos Aires on February 14 for a 12-night journey ending with an overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
As many as 20 complimentary shore excursions provide exploration in ports such as Montevideo and Punta Del Este in Uruguay; and Rio Grande, Porto Belo, and Santos in Brazil;
· Spirit of Brazil departs from Rio de Janeiro on February 26 for a seven-night journey along the Amazon River with an overnight stay in the astonishing city of Manaus, Brazil, which has been carved out of jungle. Exotic ports-of-call including eight different stops in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, St. Barts and Puerto Rico are explored with up to 43 complimentary shore excursions.
Travelers visit these exotic South American locales aboard the all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Mariner. The suites on the award-winning, 700-guest ship are among the most spacious and luxurious at sea ranging in size from 301 to 2,002 square feet.
The line’s all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner also cruises the Amazon this winter with a 22-night The Ultimate Amazon sailing from Rio de Janeiro to Miami departing December 16. Offering up to 43 free shore excursions, guests will have ample opportunity to explore eight different ports in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, St. Barts and Puerto Rico. Guests who book by June 30, 2012 can receive additional bonus savings up to $10,000 per suite.
Journey through the Amazon
The intimate 490 guest, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator, which received a multi-million dollar refurbishment in May 2012, sets sails for the Amazon on November 25, 2012, roundtrip from Miami. The 23-night Amazon Adventure voyage visits twelve exotic ports including St. Barts, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Lucia, French Guiana, Barbados, Antigua, Puerto Rico and four calls along the Amazon River in Brazil. With as many as 50 complimentary excursions offered on this sailing, guests can explore the jungles of Manaus in Brazil, snorkel in St. Barts, or be emerged in the island culture of Tobago, among many others.
To receive a brochure or for more information on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, see a professional travel agent, visit www.RSSC.com or call toll-free 800-285-1835.
The Star Alliance said it is adding Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines as members to cement its presence in Latin America and add close to 50 new airports to the network. With Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines now being part of the Star Alliance network, passengers from within and outside the region will be able to connect seamlessly through the Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City (Panama) and Bogota (Colombia) and the Avianca, TACA Airlines hubs in Bogota (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Lima (Peru) and San Jose (Costa Rica).
In addition to the network, Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines customers will also gain access to the full breadth of the global Star Alliance benefits by using their existing frequent flyer memberships to collect and redeem miles on all member carriers.
Those customers with higher status privileges in the LifeMiles program of Avianca, TACA Airlines or in Copa Airlines’ Mileage Plus program will be entitled to the Star Alliance Gold benefits, which offer priority services across the whole network, including extra baggage allowance, priority baggage delivery and access to over 990 lounges world-wide.
At the same time, holders of frequent-flyer cards of the other Star Alliance member carriers will be offered the Star Alliance Frequent Flyer benefits when travelling on the Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines network.
“On behalf of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines to the Star Alliance family. The addition of these quality aviation groups strengthens our presence in the rapidly growing Latin American market,” said Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance. With Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines our customers now enjoy increased connectivity across the Americas by connecting through five new Star Alliance hubs right in the middle of the American continent.”
A further benefit from Star Alliance is fare products both for the corporate and leisure customer. With the home bases of both airline groups being located in one of the fastest growing regions in the world, these are ideal markets for expanding Star Alliance Corporate Plus, Conventions Plus and Meetings Plus. At the same time, the Star Alliance Round the World fare can now offer customers routings which include destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Cuzco and the Jungles of Central America as well as many beach resorts in the Caribbean.
As June 21, the Star Alliance network is comprised of 27 members offering more than 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer a series of extended South America cruises beginning in January of 2013. Regent’s all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Mariner explores many of the continent’s most popular ports-of-call with the will offer a 72-night “Circle South America” voyage departing roundtrip from Miami on Jan. 7, 2013.
Guests who book the voyage by June 30, 2012, will receive exclusive services and amenities including first-class roundtrip air transportation, a special pre-cruise overnight stay and gala dinner in Miami, exclusive shoreside events, private transfers to and from the Port of Miami, free roundtrip luggage delivery service, Internet access, visa fulfillment and savings of up to $27,000 per suite.
Seven Seas Mariner’s South America voyages are also available in shorter segments ranging from 12 to 24 nights. The itineraries focus on the Panama Canal, the Chilean fjords, Brazil, Argentina and the Amazon.
They include a 14-night sailing from Miami to Lima that calls at Curacao, Aruba, Cartagena, Colombia and Ecuador and includes a Panama Canal transit.
A 24-night Lima-to-Buenos Aires segment departing Jan. 21 will visit Laguna San Rafael and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina before sailing around Cape Horn to visit the Falkland Islands.
Seven Seas Mariner will also cruises the Amazon this winter with a 22-night “Ultimate Amazon” departing Rio de Janeiro for Miami on December 16. The voyage will feature 43 free shore excursions during port calls in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, St. Barts and Puerto Rico. Guests who book by June 30, 2012, can receive additional savings up to $10,000 per suite.
Kensington Tours launched a new tour to Venezuela that includes its capital city of Caracas, the Gran Sabana, Puerto Ordaz, San Felix, the Los Roques archipelago, the Orinoco Delta, Canaima National Park and Margarita Island. The program uses hotels in the three- to five-star range. The itinerary includes a diversity of experiences, such as guided Angel Falls flights, jungle safaris, river rafting, canoeing, hiking, fly fishing, panoramic city tours, Gran Sabana camping excursions, island hopping, beach escapes and Mt. Roraima climbs. Packages are customized to suit the individual style, schedule and budget of clients.
The new tours include the five-day Angel Falls package from $1,920, a six-day Fly Fishing Los Roques from $3,700, an eight-day Gran Sabana Jeep Safari and Puerto Ordaz from $1,799, an eight-day Jungle and Beach Escape from $2,360; a 10-day Islands Safaris and The Falls from $3,720; and a 12-day Trekking Mt. Roraima from $3,149.
Avis is renting late-model vehicles in South America in locations ranging from Medellin in the north to southernmost Tierra del Fuego, and from Quito on the Pacific coast to Joao Pessoa, Brazil, the easternmost city on the continent.
“Avis is committed to having a robust presence throughout South America, from established destinations such as Brazil to emerging tourism growth areas such as Uruguay,” said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. In South America, most Avis locations are operated by independently owned licensees. Avis has 68 locations in Argentina, four in Bolivia, 85 in Brazil, 24 in Chile, six in Colombia, eight in Uraguay and six in Venezuela.
Film director Marina Sawisza from Venezuela, former world surfing champions Sofia Mulanovich and a couple of other girls started this project, called 3 Killas y un 1 Kiwi, to encourage female surfers in Latin America to continue their dream to become professional surfers.
In addition, they want to promote this project internationally to all female surfers around the world.
We all watched Surfers Latinas like Sofia Mulanovich and A. Goméz ripping at China a couple of weeks ago. Sofia won the ISA China Cup and she is also the only Latina in the surfing hall of fames. If you believe female surfing has talent and has the power to inspire a new generation, please support this Video, 36 hour remained.
3 Killas y Un Kiwi is the first video of its kind, an introduction of Latin American female surfing to the world.
For the past 40 days we have been working on a campaign to gather funds for the production of the first Latin American Female Surf Film. We have until this saturday the 21st of January to reach our goal. If we don’t reach $12,000 we will loose the $9,000 we have already gathered. Please visit the following link, if you can make a pledge we would be for ever grateful, also if you could share this with other people it would be awesome.
The South American economic miracle is impacting travel. Described as a “tale of two Americas where travel trends are concerned,” the latest ITB World Travel Trends sees the 2011 South American market as buoyant, whereas international arrivals in North America rose only slightly and U.S. travel abroad was weak.
Boosted by the strong economic performance of countries such as Brazil and Argentina, South America’s domestic and international travel markets registered high double-digit growth. In America, economic uncertainty dampened many U.S. citizens’ desire for travel. Trips to North America increased slightly over the last eight months, whereas international travel remained at last year’s levels. For next year, UNWTO forecasts a 4 to 5 percent increase in international tourists from the Americas, compared with 6.4 percent in 2010.
By contrast, many countries in South America continues to boom.
Even if growth rates have now slowed when compared with previous years, during the past eight months trips abroad by South Americans increased by 15 percent. Brazilians were particularly keen to travel. With the help of a robust domestic economy and strong currency they spent 45 percent more on trips abroad than in 2010. Relatively young, well educated and wealthy travelers are characteristic of South America’s three burgeoning markets, those of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.
The arrival of more low-cost airlines in South America will further increase the number of long-haul trips. Many holidaymakers who travel abroad have also put South America at the top of their wish list. International arrivals increased by 13 percent, while trips to the Caribbean and Central America rose by a lowly 4 percent each.
The difficult economic times currently experienced by many Americans is also reflected in how they take holidays. The focus is increasingly on price awareness and travel bargains. “Staycationers” either remain at home altogether or go on holiday locally.
Only 23 percent of U.S. citizens intend to take more trips abroad next year, 28 percent aim to take less, while 23 percent have no plans at all to travel abroad next year.
The U.S. inbound market registered only slight growth.
During the last eight months, the number of international arrivals rose by only 3 percent, compared with 7 percent in 2010.
The findings are based on the assessments of 50 tourism experts from 30 countries, on a special IPK International trend analysis undertaken in leading source markets, and on core data supplied by the World Travel Monitor, recognized as the largest ongoing survey of global travel trends in some 60 source countries. The findings reflect trends which emerged during the first eight months of 2011.
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