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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ATLANTA and SAO PAULO, Brazil — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) presents the 2013 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide. This is the second edition of Delta´s annual guide which is included as an insert in Recommend Magazine, a travel publication distributed to over 50,000 travel agents in the United States and Canada.
“We are excited to bring to travel agencies our information-packed guide about Carribean, Mexico and Latin America destinations. It also shows Delta´s growing commitment to this vibrant region,” said David Bishko, Delta´s Managing Director market development and analysis — Latin America and the Caribbean. “As part of our efforts to become known as the best U.S. airline serving Latin America, we have systematically reinforced our investments throughout the region.
Delta´s 2013 Guide reflects a unique blend of natural beauty, exotic cultures and cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Travel agents will find useful information and pictures about the spectacular beaches of the Caribbean islands, bustling cities, historic colonial towns and beautiful sights, including the natural beauty that can be found along Central America’s Barrier Reef, and in South America’s Amazonia and Patagonia.
The 2013 Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Travel Guide is also available for reading in Delta Sky Clubs in the major airports of U.S. and Canada. Additionally, a digital version is uploaded on Recommend.com website or for downloading at http://www.nxtbook.com/worth/SUPPLEMENTS/2013DeltaTravelGuide/index.php.
Delta is working to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of that goal Delta has established a long-term exclusive alliance with GOL Línhas Aereas Inteligentes investing more than US $100 million in GOL. Likewise, Delta has invested more than US $65 million in Aeroméxico as part of a long-term exclusive commercial alliance and entered a code sharing agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas solidifying its footprint in Latin America. Executive Travel magazine recognized Delta with the Gold Leading Edge Award for the Best Flight Experience to Mexico. Delta provides service to 32 countries and 49 destinations in the region offering more than 1,000 weekly flights between Latin America and the U.S. Spanish speaking Delta customers can receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through its Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Brazilian customers can also access Delta´s dedicated Brazil Facebook page visiting http://www.facebook.com/DeltaAirLinesBrasil.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
SOURCE: Delta Air Lines
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The markets of the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as El Salvador and Honduras, are the primary areas for promoting Guatemala as a vacation destination, Inguat director Pedro Duchez told reporters.
The tourism plan for 2013 includes strengthening different tourist sites and positioning the Central American country “online” since 95 percent of the travel decisions made – or booked – by prospective tourists are done via the Internet.
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Friday, April 5, 2013
The Amazon rainforest, also known as Amazonia or the Amazon jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. This basin encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes the territory belonging to nine nations.
The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, and with minor amounts in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
It is no wonder then that the Amazon is high on travelers’ bucket list of places to go, and Latin Trails offers a wide variety of tours to take visitors through this wonderous region. From river boat tours to jungle tree-top hotels, from exploring jungle trails to bird watching, and from canoe rides to fishing, Latin Trails has the adventure and accommodation to satisfy every adult dream and childhood fantasy of exploring this great wonder of the world.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Demographic shows penchant for online and mobile purchases
“De Vacaciones: US Hispanics Vacation Trends 2012,” conducted through RedMas’ network of mobile sites, found that Hispanics prefer to spend their vacations with family and at personally significant locations. According to the poll of 2,171 bilingual respondents, 57% go on vacation at least once a year, 14% travel about twice a year, and 5% take off more than three times a year.
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MGM Resorts International Named a Best Company for Diversity by Leading Hispanic Business Publication
Selected for its commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy, and supplier diversity, the Company ranked 26th on a list of 55 companies and secured a spot as the only gaming corporation to rank in this year's competition.
"Top companies on this year's list went well beyond workforce diversity initiatives and implemented strategies to reach more Hispanic consumers and increase their procurements with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers," says Bill Krutzen, Director of Operations for HispanicBusiness Media.
MGM Resorts' placement on "2012 Best Companies" complements other 2012 awards the Company has received, including recognitions among DiversityInc Magazine's "Top 10 Companies for Latinos" and LATINA Style Magazine's recently announced "50 Best Companies for Latinas."
"On behalf of our 62,000 employees, it is an honor to be recognized by HispanicBusiness Media as a national leader in Diversity," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "We consider the inclusion of Hispanic employees in our workforce and Hispanic-owned businesses in our company commerce a priority as a leading company, but also important from a diversity standpoint as it brings substantial benefits by helping us better serve the needs of customers of various backgrounds."
Among the other well-known companies named to the "2012 Best Companies" list are: Aflac Inc., American Express Co., The Coca-Cola Co., General Mills, and Southwest Airlines.
In 2000, MGM Resorts International became the gaming industry's first company to implement a voluntary diversity initiative. The Company has since increased its number of Hispanic employees and business partners. Highlights of the initiative relative to the Hispanic community include:
In 2011, the Company expended more than $27 million in business with certified Hispanic-owned businesses.
Hispanics comprise 31.7 percent of MGM Resorts' total workforce—14.36 percent hold managerial or higher ranking positions.
The Company offers several training and management development programs, including ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in order to recruit and develop employees.
MGM Resorts has established partnerships with numerous Hispanic national and local organizations, such as: the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, National Council of La Raza, Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.
For more information regarding HispanicBusiness Media's "2012 Best Companies for Diversity", visit www.hispanicbusiness.com.
To learn more about MGM Resorts' Diversity Initiative and its engagement of the Hispanic community, please visit: http://www.mgmresorts.com/files/company/AnnualCorporateSocialResponsibilityReport2011.pdf.
About HispanicBusiness Media
Now celebrating more than 30 years as an award-winning publishing and information services company, HispanicBusiness Media is the nation's leading source of information for and about Hispanic professionals and entrepreneurs. HispanicBusiness Media includes www.HispanicBusiness.com, www.HireDiversity.com, HispanTelligence®, the Diversity Partnership, and HispanicBusiness Events, including the Entrepreneur Awards Gala (EOY) and the Woman of the Year Awards Gala (WOY).
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
SOURCE: MGM Resorts International
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As a leading port and industrial center in the northwestern seaboard of South America, the Ecuadorean city is now emerging as a logistics hub for Pacific region trade. Hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it from multinational companies, has already been invested for significant infrastructure upgrading.
Some 15 projects including public-private partnerships (PPP) will be unveiled at the “Guayaquil Roadshow: Investment & Tourism Forum” – subtitle “Logistic Platform of the Pacific” – which takes place in the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan.
Business and investment opportunities could potentially total several billion dollars in transport and logistics, renewable energy, construction and urban management, tourism, fishing and aquaculture, agribusiness, education and financial services, organizers said. The event is aimed at companies in these target sectors plus law firms, specialists in project financing and consultants. While the prime focus is American companies looking for niches in dynamic emerging markets, organizers are also working with foreign chambers of commerce to involve Asian and European companies.
Event sponsors include the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Guayaquil city authorities, various logistics companies and America’s Dole Food Company, which has huge operations in Ecuador producing organic bananas.
Guayaquil stands out in Ecuador and indeed much of South American as a go-ahead, pro-business city. It pioneered PPPs to bring private investment into critical infrastructure and urban development, and by the end of this year it will be the only city in the country with 100% sewerage, piped drinking water and paved roads.
Peter Gilmore, general manager of Dole in Ecuador, said that perhaps excluding a few places in Brazil, he didn’t think “any city in Latin America has changed this much in 10 years. It’s a tremendous turn around.”
Jaime Nebot, the latest in a succession of pro-business mayors and one of 11 scheduled speakers, said the secret lay in honest and transparent administration that puts service to the people in first place: “What we have done is conceptually simple, although the execution is more complex.” Nebot said that no less than 85% of city revenues go to investment and public services, with just 15% spent on “nonproductive expenses.”
City fathers have promoted major urban renewal and renovation of the city’s historic old neighborhoods, seeking to boost tourism – Guayaquil is the gateway to the Galapagos Islands, with almost half a million visitors passing through each year. Privatization has won the city’s upgraded airport recognition from the Montreal-based Airports Council International as best in the world in its class, while international operators have poured over US$200 million into modernizing existing seaports. Now there are plans – to be discussed at the September 18th event – for major new deep-water facilities with a free-port and potentially a second airport.
Additional information about the “Guayaquil Roadshow: Investment & Tourism Forum” can be found on the event site: http://www.nationroadshow.com/guayaquil.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The additions are aimed at helping Mexico "open a window to the world, to encourage physical visits to the pre-Hispanic sites and thus in turn benefit cultural tourism," Miguel Angel Alva, director of marketing for Google Mexico, said this week in an announcement from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
LONDON — For all those beach volleyball players who thought Horse Guards Parade transformed itself into the sport's best Olympic venue yet, wait until they hit the sand in Brazil in four years.
It's Rio's turn – and if anybody knows how to throw a carnival, the Brazilians sure do.
"Rio! Rio! Rio!" Brazilian beach volleyball star Emanuel said after winning a silver medal last week. Emanuel plans to be there as a fan by then, his international playing days over.
Yes, the Brazilians have long begun envisioning their Olympics.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod. Such a drink was believed to have been reserved for the elite.
But the discovery announced this week by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History expands the envelope of how chocolate may have been used in ancient Mexico.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Time is ripe for Tanzania to borrow a leaf from countries highly advanced in tourism to enable it compete and increase foreign exchange to boost her economy.
Statistics from the World Bank show that the number of arrivals in the country in 2010 was 783.000.
Tanzania has one of the lowest GDP per capita in the world. The nation has many natural resources including natural gas, gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium, nickel, chrome, tin, platinum, coltan and niobium.
However, the Tanzanian economy depends heavily on agriculture, which provides 85 percent of exports and employs 80 percent of the work force.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Favorite Feature: Shake for a random country (Nerd alert!)
Free: iPhone only.
Our favorite booking app on the market takes the “agony” out of airfare and hotel search. Its simple and useful UI makes flight search fast and easy. The heat map function is useful to quickly see if your hotel is near nightlife, restaurants, or in the middle of nowhere. Not just hotels, Hipmunk even filters results from Airbnb and Hostelbookers.
Favorite Feature: Heat map “Vice” option
Free: iPhone and Android.
Pinterest has emerged as a disruptive travel site for inspiration. You can organize your boards by geography (Asia, Latin America, Africa, etc) or use it to plan your honeymoon, bucket list or dream vacation. Pinterest is a great way to discover the places you didn’t realize you want to discover.
Favorite Pinterest Travel photos: Huts over the water (anywhere!)
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Among the long list of significant guests to take part in delegations at the resort were President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron, President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Taryyin Erdogan, President of Benin Yayi Boni and President of Ethiopia Girma Wolde-Giorgis,
Representatives from government organization also delegated at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, including United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, International Labor Organization director-general Juan Somavia, World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan, President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Lord Nicholas Stern and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
“Knowing that our G20 guests have experienced the best hotels and resorts around the world, the positive accolades we received from them about their experience at the resort were humbling,” said Renanto Mendonca, general manager of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos. “We provided them with the same superior service and respect that we offer all of our guests with on a daily basis.”
During the G20 Summit, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar continued its normal operations, successfully blending and responding to the influx of day-to-day guests, security and G20 attendees.
For more information on the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort and its participation in the 2012 G20 Summit in Los Cabos, or to make reservations, please call 52-624-145-8000 or visit www.sheratonloscabos.com.
About Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos
Situated on 28 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, with 270 guest rooms each featuring the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, whirlpool tubs and private terraces, is impeccably reminiscent of an upscale seaside village. The sprawling, Hacienda-inspired resort is home to five restaurants and five bars, four infinity and cascading swimming pools, the acclaimed Cactus Spa and Fitness Center (part of the Starwood Spa Collection) and a broad selection of outdoor activities. Boasting Los Cabos’ largest meetings facility with more than 18,000 square feet of function space, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar welcomes meetings and special events of all sizes. A small chapel and beachfront locations are also available for weddings and the staff has extensive experience with multicultural wedding planning. For more information, please visit www.sheratonloscabos.com or call (011) 52-624-145-8000.
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Monday, June 11, 2012
The first issue of the eight-page section, appeared in the March issue of DeltaSky, highlighting Delta’s continued strength in Latin America, and is tailored to Delta’s Spanish-speaking customers.
"Despegando is the latest benefit for Delta’s Spanish-speaking customers as we work to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America," said Nicolas Ferri, vice president -- Latin America and the Caribbean. "In recent months we’ve strengthened our Latin American network, launched in-flight service improvements and we’ll have even more news in coming weeks."
The publication profiles a celebrity in each issue. "We were proud to have Sofía Vergara featured in our first edition," Ferri said. "She is not only a Latin American star but, a true crossover celebrity in the U.S. Hispanic market."
Other features in Despegando include:
- "1 City/5 Ways," which offers different perspectives to explore a single city, from unique culinary offerings to the region’s history and people.
- "Destinations With," where travel experts highlight their top picks for food, fun and accommodations in a variety of destinations.
- "My Favorite Street," which takes readers to the favorite street of a travel expert, mapping out the best stops along the way.
- "Five Minutes With," which features a Q&A with top business leaders.
- "Road Warrior," where some of the world’s busiest travelers offer their tips and strategies for thriving in life on the road and in the skies.
- “Style Inspirations,” which highlights a city’s unique fashion, accessories, gifts, and fine foods.
Ads in Despegando must be in Spanish and space is limited to 8 pages only.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Some travelers crave the familiar comforts of chain hotels, which offer the same amenities whether you're in Manhattan or Mexico City.
Other travelers, though, prefer to seek out the unusual on their journeys. They look for hotels offering unconventional design or unique activities that couldn't be found elsewhere.
Latin America abounds with the weird and the wonderful. From a hotel made of salt to one that's entirely mobile, these are some of the once-in-a lifetime hotels you can find in the region.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Wedding website, TheKnot.com, polled 2,757 qualified respondents and found that 32 percent cited the Riviera Maya as top wedding destination in Mexico while Los Cabos notched 20 percent of the vote and Cancun netted 14 percent.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Central America is gaining in popularity for adventure travel. Earlier this year, Latina Marketing, which promotes the region in Europe, announced a 7% increase in British travellers there in 2011 compared with 2010 – there were around 85,000 between January and October. There had been a 6% increase in foreign visitors, to more than 9.5 million.
Here are some of the region's highlights, to explain why it's on the hot list:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
Chickens and scruffy children on bikes cross our path as we stroll along a sandy road past candy-coloured buildings beside a turquoise Caribbean sea. "Hey my friend!" Jim, our guide, stops to slap a Rasta man on the back. "How you been? You got your guitar today?"
"No man," says Calypso Joe, shaking his head, " … but I can go get it. You buy me a beer, and I play some guitar."
Ten minutes later we're on a rickety wooden platform above gentle waves, behind a shack of a cafe, beers in hand. Joe, in his 50s and wearing a palm tree-patterned shirt, strums calypso rhythms, the kind introduced to these islands by the African-Caribbean workers brought in by the banana plantation companies.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Credit their good economy or South Florida's great shopping: More Colombians are coming to Florida.
Last year, the number of Colombians visiting Florida rose by 13 percent to more than 306,000. Their spending jumped 24 percent to $303 million.
That made Colombia No. 5 in spending by foreign visitors to the Sunshine State, said the state's tourism marketing agency.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Dubai's tourism authority is planning to open an office in South America as it hopes fast-growing Latin economies such as Brazil and Argentina will supply an influx of visitors to the emirate.
"We are looking into South America," said Hamad bin Mejren, the executive director of business tourism at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
"That is a market we are concentrating on. I assure you we have plans to open an office in South America. When Emirates [Airline] flies to a destination, we work together."
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Monday, April 2, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio is well known for its beaches, caipirinhas, Carnival, and of course the classic sounds of samba. Yet while travel agencies around the world can get you to Brazil, there are two Rio-based groups that offer the local expertise to provide an experience beyond the ordinary.
Travelers seeking secluded beaches, tailor-made travel itineraries and VIP treatment should check out Dehouche. The British duo Henry Madden and Paul Irvine made the decision to start their business while on Rio’s Ipanema Beach in 2003, caipirinhas in hand.
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Friday, March 16, 2012
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This symbolic milestone is the crowning achievement of 34 years of continuous growth. And today, the pace of this growth is accelerating. In 2011, Accor opened no less than 9 hotels in Brazil, or the equivalent of 1,300 rooms. By 2015, the network should boast 250 Brazilian establishments as confirmed by Roland de Bonadona, Accor's Chief Operating Officer for Latin America: "Brazil is currently experiencing a period propitious to economic activity in general and to the hotel industry in particular. GDP growth causes an immediate increase in demand and boosts the development of the hotel industry".
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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By Nationally syndiated radio show host Stephanie Abrams
The problem with this kind of slap-dash reporting is that nothing has really changed! No blanket statement has been made by the US State Department condemning travel to Mexico as unsafe. The 10 page document lists the states and regions within those states in Mexico that need to be avoided. What has not changed is that the dangerous regions are, for the most part, the area along the US border where drug runners have been carrying on for about forever and a variety of areas that have nothing to do with regions where tourists go!
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