Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mexico City Launches Video Web Series With Celebrity Designer Genevieve Gorder

Travelers today demand rich, authentic cultural experiences rather than simply ticking landmarks off their sightseeing checklist. To showcase the city's flourishing design scene and breadth of offerings available to sophisticated, culture seeking travelers, the Mexico City Tourism Trust (Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística del Distrito Federal) partnered with celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder to launch a video series highlighting her picks for design tips, trends and treasures in Mexico City.

The six-part series immerses viewers in local cultural vignettes as Gorder shares her favorite places to shop, stay, find inspiration and source authentic design pieces in the Mexican Capital. Viewers follow along on the HGTV star's journey as she meets with up-and-coming designers and brings her interior designer's eye to the artisan creations available in shopping hotspots.

Her onsite interviews and expert tips educate viewers on the products, places and experiences that are both distinctive to the destination as well as position the capital city as a forward-thinking international design hub. From colorful, open air markets abundant with traditional Mexican creations, to upscale boutiques offering the latest international trends, Mexico City is truly a top design city.

Engaging with consumers around their passions, like design, is an important way for Mexico City to ignite the curiosity that ultimately leads travelers to the destination. The series is hosted on, the official Tourism Promotion Partner website, as well as the @MexicoCityLive YouTube and social media channels. To view the videos, visit

Through her videos, Gorder educates viewers on experiences available to travelers of varying interests, including:

La Ciudadela 
This open air market in the heart of Mexico City brings together traditional tourist souvenirs and artisanal products from all over Mexico. Here, Gorder expertly navigates the treasure trove to find eclectic decorative items that demand a story. Zeroing in on hand-painted figures and hammocks, Gorder provides viewers with a bit of history, a dash of geology, and some practical design tips. For more information visit

Onora Casa 
Located in Polanco, the heart of upscale designer and home décor shopping, Onora Casa brings centuries-old techniques to high end home design. Gorder talks with New York City transplant and Co-Founder Maggie Galton about her vision for rescuing traditional methods, and reveals the true craftsmanship behind the sophisticated textiles and housewares. For more information visit

La Metropolitana 
Gorder takes viewers behind the scenes at La Metropolitana, a burgeoning furniture design firm that is transforming Mexican design and redefining what "Made in Mexico" means. At the factory, the young owners discuss their process before heading to the showroom where visitors can find a piece to take home with them. For more information visit

Blend Concept Store 
Blend is a concept store and designer showroom dedicated to selling the latest designs from Mexico. Viewers follow Gorder as she shops her favorite trends and Mexican designers. For more information visit

Hotel Carlota 
This design hotel is one of the newest hot spots in the city. Gorder explores the property's distinct architectural and decorative elements with Javier Sanchez, the architect behind the project, who has led the design with his firm, JSa Architects, from inception to creation. For more information visit

Claudia Fernández Vintage Furniture 
An artist, philanthropist and vintage furniture dealer, Fernandez is an expert of all things midcentury modern design. Gorder gives viewers VIP access into her appointment-only showroom filled with treasures from this iconic period, from intricate light fixtures to bar carts.

Mexico City is the country's premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors a year.  As the number one destination on The New York Times "52 Places to Go in 2016" list, there's never been a better time to visit. The ancient capital offers a vibrant, contemporary culture that combines pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. With more than 150 museums, 100 contemporary local art galleries and 30 distinct architectural and historic sites, the city is a mecca of fine art and treasures that speak to its vast history. The Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund (Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística del Distrito Federal) supports and enhances city tourism. For more information, news and updates on travel to Mexico City, visit and follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (@MexicoCityLive) and Instagram (@MexicoCityLive).

Top Travel Websites For Planning Your Next Adventure

Technology’s effects on the travel industry are widespread, with innovation signaling the dawn of a new age of travel products and services after the birth of the Internet and modern-communication systems. Not only has the industry itself benefited from recent technological advancements such as with GPS in rental cars, Wifi on airplanes, and computerized hotel door locks, just to name a few, but consumers have as well through the rise of countless travel websites and apps devoted to enhancing the customer experience from beginning to end.

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4 ways to market to U.S. Hispanic tourists and their $56B impact

If your firm isn’t marketing to Hispanic travelers, you may be missing out on a lot of revenue.

In the U.S., Hispanic travel is growing at a faster rate than the general market, with an economic impact estimated at more than $56 billion annually in leisure travel, according to the National Tour Association.

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7 new travel start-ups making business trips less stressful

Vacation travel might be a chance to relax, but business trips are too often long stretches of tedium punctuated by tension and frustration.

In fact, a 2012 study by corporate travel agency Carson Wagonlit Travel found that travelers lose an average of 6.9 hours to stress on every work trip.
Technology might not be the solution to all life's ills, but there are still a bunch of new services and apps on the market making travel that bit easier for the tired, lonely worker.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

10 Tips to Travel Safely Through Latin America

Latin America still has a bad reputation when it comes to safety whilst traveling. As much as one still needs to practice caution, it is much safer than even 10 years ago and remains a bucket list item for many travellers. Here is a list of 10 tips to best minimise dangers and enjoy this unique part of the world.

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Beijing launches activities in Latin America to promote tourism

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Beijing launched a series of activities Wednesday to introduce its tourism resources and culture in its latest promotional campaign in several cities in Latin America.

The events, including a conference themed "Glamorous Beijing", were held by the Beijing Commission of Tourism Development (BCTD) at Windsor Atlantica Hotel, introducing the city of Beijing, its main places of attraction, tourism infrastructure, and several types of specialty tours.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Spain receives record 68.1 million tourists in 2015

MADRID –  Spain has received 68.1 million tourists in 2015, setting a new record with an increase of 4.9 percent than the previous year, according to data released on Friday by the National Statistics Institute, or INE.

INE noted that the number of tourists visiting Spain during December 2015 went up by 7.6 percent on annual basis hitting 3.4 million visitors.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Rise of In-Flight Wi-Fi Advertising

Once considered a novelty to many fliers, the amenity has increasingly become a necessity for travelers looking to stay productive and connected on the road. But given the growing availability and popularity of in-flight Wi-Fi, it’s also attracting significant attention from marketers, who are looking to reach this captive audience with shopping promotions and advertising. How should airlines and the marketers trying to reach Wi-Fi users balance between maximizing profit and potentially annoying customers?

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Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) Celebrates Top Female Hospitality & Travel Dignitaries For Its 3rd Annual Year of the Executive Women’s Conference

Los Angeles (February 2, 2016) – BLLA, in partnership with the Travel Industry Executive Women's Network (TIEWN), wrapped its third annual Executive Women's Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 27. Over 25 guest speakers and more than 100 hospitality professionals, discerning travelers and elite media attended the symposium to enhance the knowledge, ambition and education opportunities for female hospitality successors.

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Hispanics Love Air Travel [Infographic]

This infographic from MotionPoint showcases how U.S. Hispanics are vacationing more and more, and increasingly traveling by air to reach their holiday destinations.

Savvy airlines have noticed this trend, and are leaning in. Since about 75% of Hispanics speak Spanish at home, and many prefer to transact in Spanish via their mobile devices, a powerful opportunity exists for airlines to engage this influential market with Spanish-language mobile sites.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Caribbean and Latin America Outlook 2016: The Biggest Stories for The Year Ahead

Caribbean and Latin America 2016: What We're Watching in the New Year
Brazilian Bounce? The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janiero, one year after Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup. While success on the pitch escaped the soccer-loving country throughout the tournament, the event proved a huge triumph for Brazil tourism, bringing one million visitors to the country.

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Biggest Winners and Losers in the Caribbean and Latin America for 2015

High Times in Jamaica: Jamaica is headed toward another year of impressive tourism growth, recording a 5.5 percent increase in visitor arrivals between January and September of 2015 according to tourism minister Wykeham McNeill. Supported by a comprehensive tourism marketing platform led by the government-run Jamaica Tourist Board, the growing arrivals have encouraged new hotel and resort development across the island.

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Worldwide Digital Travel Sales Will Total More than $533 Billion in 2015

Worldwide digital travel sales will surpass $533 billion in 2015, a 13.3% increase from 2014, eMarketer projects. Sales will rise steadily through 2019, driven by the expansion of digital travel purchasing in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa. By 2019, worldwide digital travel sales will top $762 billion.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Is The Riviera Maya The Best Tourism Destination To Visit In Mexico?

A few months ago I sat with Raymundo Muniz, the energetic events director at the Hotel Cacao in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Carribbean Coast. As a waiter set down a plate of freshly prepared ceviche topped with minced walnuts and small slices of green apple, Muniz looked out past the well dressed guests dining at nearby tables and the shimmering surface of the pool towards the buildings in the blocks that separate the hotel from the beach. “In the last six years, Playa del Carmen has grown more than even Cancun

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More than 100 million Americans to travel over holidays, AAA says

AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans will journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 3. This represents a 1.4 percent increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of travel growth for this holiday period.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Bon Jovi Teams Up With NFL for Fan Hospitality Business

Internet wags muse that Jon Bon Jovi wants an NFL franchise dead or alive.

While he might be living on a prayer when it comes to landing the Buffalo Bills or the Tennessee Titans, one could say the Bon Jovi frontman definitely is ready for some football–at least when it comes to the business of providing the ultimate fan experience.

The 53-year-old rock star is investing in On Location Experiences LLC, a fan-focused hospitality company owned by RedBird Capital Partners, Bruin Sports Capital and the National Football League. Formerly known as NFL On Location

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Wyndham Worldwide Named to Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility's Corporate Inclusion Index for Fourth Year

PARSIPPANY, N.J.,  –Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) has consistently been an industry leader due in part to its commitment and focus to diversity and inclusion and for its supporting and giving back to communities. In more than 100 countries, the Company continues to live its core values through its dedication to a diverse workforce, community investment and supplier diversity.  

This is just part of the reason that the global hospitality company was named to the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s (HACR) Corporate Inclusion Index for the fourth consecutive year.   

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

How a Savvy Entrepreneur Thrived by Chasing the Latent Brazilian Travel Industry

The inception of the Internet has completely changed the rules of engagement for businesses in virtually every sector. Many companies are conducting business online, rather than through traditional distribution channels. Certainly, a growing number of entrepreneurs are attracted to the ecommerce industry, as the sector has nearly doubled in the past five years.

That said, most ecommerce entrepreneurs struggle to compete because they don’t understand the rules of engagement. For instance, they try to compete with large brands such as Amazon on their own terms. But that doesn’t mean that standing out isn’t possible. Savvy entrepreneurs, such as Joao Ricardo, the founder of travel-deals site Hotel Urbano, have thrived by differentiating themselves.

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Chile named “Leading Adventure Tourism Destination” in the World Travel Awards 2015

In a ceremony which took place in Bogota, Colombia, Chile was recognised as Latin America’s leading destination for adventure tourism in the 22nd edition of the World Travel Awards. 

Since 1993, the World Travel Awards has been highlighting excellence across the industry and awarding the very best with prizes, which is one of the reasons why it’s known as “The Oscars of Tourism”. The offices of Marca País in Chile, together with the tourist authorities, launched a digital campaign that encouraged the general public to cast their votes. The objective was to position the country as an internationally recognised tourist destination. 

Andrea Wolleter, General Manager of Turismo Chile: “This recognition, as well as having played host to the recent Adventure Travel World Summit, has made us proud, because it is, in part, the result of international promotions of Chile as a tourist destination in foreign markets; promotions which shared the possible experiences that can be enjoyed in our country”.     

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

How To Cater To A Growing Hispanic Population

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—Don’t overdo it when catering to Hispanic travelers. 

That’s the message from hotel owners, managers and management experts when it comes to this growing segment of the U.S. hospitality industry.

Bjorn Hanson, a hospital industry expert and professor with the , said: “Almost as important as what to do is what not to do. Most Hispanic travelers don’t see themselves as Hispanic travelers, but as travelers

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Turkish association wants TV series stars to lure Latin American tourists

The Turkish Touristic Hotels and Investors Association (TUROB) is hoping to see Turkish TV series stars used to promote Turkey as a tourism destination in Latin America. 

The TUROB said the popularity of Turkey in Latin America as a tourism destination has been rising mainly thanks to Turkish TV series, which are broadcasted in the region. 

“Even if a long distance between Turkey and the Latin American countries constitutes a problem, we have seen Turkey has become quite popular in these countries thanks to several Turkish TV series which are broadcasted there. Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry should use the stars of these popular TV series to promote our sector in Latin America,” said the association in a follow-up press release after its visit to Brazil and Argentina. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Hamptons Of South America For Less Than $150,000

Punta del Este, Uruguay, is to South America what the Hamptons are to North America and Saint-Tropez is to Europe. It’s a picturesque beach town that buzzes with vacationers and activity during the summer high season. And over the last decade, Punta del Este is growing in popularity as an expat haven.

As you’d expect in a beach town where polo, yachting, and fashion are big, Punta del Este can be expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. As you will see, with a little understanding of the real estate market, combined with a simple lifestyle, you can enjoy an active and interesting life here for much less than you might think.

Living full time in Punta del Este has a seasonal rhythm. Because it’s in the Southern Hemisphere, January and February are summer months when hundreds of thousands of vacationers come. After the excitement of summer, the 30,000 fulltime residents get a quiet and peaceful Punta del Este back to themselves.

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How Millennials are redefining Business Travel

Who says you can't combine work and play? Not millennials, at least. Recent research suggests they aren't the strictly utilitarian business trippers their parents tend to be. While traveling for business, millennials are spending more company money than their gen X and baby boomer colleagues. But before your company puts its expense accounts on lockdown, it's worth first considering how that trend could be an opportunity rather than a threat.

Although millennials are frugal shoppersby some accounts, they don’t act like it when they’re spending company cash. An Expedia survey found that 37% of 18– to 30-year-old business travelers spend more on room service when their companies are paying, compared to only 21% of business travelers in the 46–65 demographic. Millennial travelers are also more likely to say they're entitled to earn loyalty points on business trips. Given the option, they might choose their favorite hotel or airline, even when cheaper options are available.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cancún: A Hispanic tourist haven

Cancún is one of the most famous Mexican cities attracting hundreds if not thousands of tourists. It is located on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea and is known for its beautiful long beaches, numerous resorts and energetic culture. 

Cancún is composed of two distinct areas: The more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, shops and restaurants. Cancún is also a famed destination for American students during the spring break period of colleges.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

9 foods every visitor to Peru should try

It's been influencing global cuisine for centuries, but Peru's culinary scene is finally getting the attention it deserves.

And for foodies, it's a destination worth checking out.

Since pre-Columbian times, ingredients have been sourced everywhere from the lofty heights of the Andes to the depths of the Pacific ocean and the eastern Amazon region.

Besides taking inspiration from the Incas, Peru's modern-day cuisine features influences from Japan, China, Italy and Spain.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

JetBlue aims to attract tech-savvy Hispanic travelers

JetBlue Airways is trying to attract more Hispanic travelers, partly by appealing to heavy users of mobile technology.

The airline is seeing particular success with a Spanish mobile website created by MotionPoint Corp., a technology company in Coconut Creek.

Within six weeks of launching in summer 2014, JetBlue's Spanish website traffic on both mobile and desktop platforms grew 80 percent, according to MotionPoint.

Since then website traffic has remained high, and more consumers are making purchases on those platforms. Overall revenue from Spanish mobile users has risen more than 300 percent.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

10 Tips For Solo Female Travelers in South America

One of the common misconceptions that many people have is that South America is actually quite a dangerous place to visit, but in the majority of cases it is similar to visiting Central America or cities in North America, but with a different language.

There are some amazing sights to enjoy, and the activities vary from mountain biking and hiking in the Andes down to surfing and nature spotting around the coast, so if you are careful you can find some amazing destinations.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Wine tourism touted as growth area for Latin America

Montevideo, Sep 19 (IANS/EFE) Wine experts from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, and special guests from the US, Spain and Portugal gathered at the Uruguayan capital for the 5th Latin American Wine Tourism Congress.

"Together, we in Latin America are senders and receivers of enotourists," honorary conference chair Ivane Favero said during the opening session, EFE reported on Friday.

"The enotourist does not tire of seeking out and getting to know the regions that produce a wine and the entire culture surrounding its production."

The congress' agenda includes discussions about government policies to foster this type of tourism, the potential demand for enotourism, using social networks to attract wine tourists and training for people who work in the sector.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Florida tourism agency hopes rapper Pitbull attracts millennials

Pitbull, the Miami rapper known for his spirited dance music, will take on the role of state tourism ambassador, hoping to thrust Florida to the top of the millennial generation’s travel ticket.

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency, announced Pitbull as its new spokesman during the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism Tuesday at the Tampa Convention Center. More than 1,100 travel experts are meeting in Tampa this week to discuss all aspects of the tourism industry, including marketing strategies and successes.

Pitbull, 34, a legend in the pop music scene for more than a decade, will promote Florida with videos on a Jumbotron before his concerts, both nationally and internationally. He’ll also market the state’s nightlife and fun venues through his Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why Mobile Marketing And Online Travel Marketers Should Go Hand In Hand

According to eMarketer’s U.S. Digital Travel Metrics, 2013-2019, U.S. travelers will spend $168 billion in 2015 and $177 billion 2016 in online travel bookings. Add to that the fact that by the year 2017 more than 30% of worldwide online travel bookings will be made on mobile devices – as per Econsultancy and you can see the need for online travel marketers to get mobile.

This of course should come as absolutely no surprise given the fact that the entire world is on a mobile device. Not actually true of course but you get the idea.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Why Does the $7.6T Global Travel Industry Ignore Single Parents?

As a single mom, Kayt Sukel traveled with her kid. A lot. The freelance science writer and partner at TravelSavvyMom and her son, now 10, have visited more than 25 countries — and a whole lot of resorts, hotels, airlines and tours.

Sukel is often frustrated by the lack of options for single parents.

“A lot of family destinations are great at providing childcare options now — a kid’s club or camp on site,” says Sukel, who lives in Houston and continues to travel extensively with her new husband and stepdaughter.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The 10 Best Apps to Pack for Business Travel

Every time I travel by air -- except when the wireless is out, of course -- I feel grateful to have my phone. The reason? Absolutely everything these days is in the cloud -- just like I am!

I think about how, 20 years ago, how much time was lost in transit, when I could have been tracking expenses, saving receipts, hiring travel agents. Clearly, I’m infinitely more productive when I'm on the road these days than I used to be.

So here are the 10 best apps to pack for business travel.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Travel companies set their sights on Cuba

From cruise lines to ferries to airlines, businesses are getting in line to shepherd masses of Americans to the long-forbidden island of Cuba.

Many hope to benefit quickly under new U.S. rules that allow "purposeful" trips such as humanitarian or educational missions without a license. Others are preparing for what they see as the inevitable day when the U.S. allows open travel.

The latest to act was Carnival Corp., which announced Tuesday that it will begin cruises to the island next May for cultural exchanges. But so many more businesses are excited that South Florida attorney Pedro Freyre calls it "a tsunami of interest."

His team at Cuba Practice Group at law firm Akerman LLP has visited the island at least 10 times this year, mainly to accompany clients looking to develop travel-related business. He plans four more trips this summer alone — more than his three-member team made all of last year.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cruise giant Carnival Corp. to launch sailings to Cuba

Add cruise giant Carnival Corp. to the list of travel companies starting up trips to Cuba.

The parent company of Carnival, Princess and eight other cruise brands says it'll launch seven-night "people-to-people" tours to the island via ship beginning in May 2016, contingent on approval by Cuban authorities.

The cruises will be operated bi-weekly out of Miami by the company's new social impact-focused fathom brand, which will debut in April 2016 with volunteer vacations to the Dominican Republic.

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Peru: 43,000 Spanish tourists arrived between Jan-April

As Peru’s leaders take part in an official visit in Spain, the country’s are increasing bilateral relations and acknowledging the importance of tourism between the countries.

Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva, recognized the significance of Spain’s contribution to Peru’s tourism industry particularly in the last 10 years.

“In the period from January to April 2015, 43,000 Spanish tourists visited us, representing an increase of 6.4% over the same period last year,” said Minister Silva according to Infotur news agency.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Latin American outlet Poco Loco to open in Dubai

Latin American restaurant Poco Loco will be opening at The Beach opposite JBR in August 2015.

The venue will serve Latin American-inspired dishes and drinks, from its founder and head chef Neil Witney's travels across South America.

Witney has worked on various London concepts including E&O, Eight Over Eight and Bodega Negra.

The two-storey 8000ft2 space, including a terraced area looking across The Beach, has vibrant coloured interiors and bold prints exclusively designed for Poco Loco, taking inspiration from Aztec and Incan art works.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tech and tourism: 11 people changing the way we travel

(CNN)There's never been a better time to be a tourist.

Whether it's a cool new app helping find the best flight deal or a website to help book an authentic meal in a stranger's home in a foreign city, travel tech has made it easier than ever to make the most of your time away from home.

And it's all thanks to the people behind today's great industry innovations -- including these 11 individuals who make us more excited than ever to hit the road.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

First Latin America Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange Kicks Off in Costa Rica

NEW YORK -- San Jose, Costa Rica is the backdrop for Questex Travel Group's first Latin America Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (LAMITE) event, which launched today at the luxurious Real InterContinental San Jose.

LAMITE, held in partnership with SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, brings together top-producing, Latin America-based meeting and incentive buyers with leading global suppliers for two and a half days of exclusive networking opportunities and prescheduled one-to-one meetings in luxury suites.

The event kicked off with a familiarization trip for buyers through Costa Rica's lush rain forest via an aerial tram, presented by ACTUA Vesatours.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Top 5 Reasons That Make Chile The Top Study Abroad Destination in Latin America

American students are increasingly looking for stimulating study abroad destinations. Chile, aside from placing students on the fast-track for language immersion, offers a variety of options that complement the student’s experience through, a platform that informs students about the country’s higher education offer. 

Chile provides students with endless possibilities in and out of the classroom. From innovating with local students, to catching waves in Pichilemu, your time in Chile will be nothing short of extraordinary. Here are five reasons why Chile is the top study abroad destination in Latin America.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Hotel chains that get the most hate on social media

When it comes to getting beat up on social media, the Hilton chain is a standout, a new survey by Crimson Hexagon finds.

The research analyzed Twitter posts over an almost six-month period. Hilton had a 17% negative rating; customers complained about charging for Wi-Fi, connection speeds, poor customer service, getting spammy phone calls and billing problems, according to the survey.

“Shame that @HiltonHotels still continue their rip off wi fi charges,” quipped Twitter user Paul Clayton.

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Ecuador Launches New Global Marketing Campaign at the Tate Modern, London

The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador last night hosted the global launch of the second stage of its All You Need Is Ecuador campaign. The event took place at London's emblematic Tate Modern, with the presence of Minister of Tourism Sandra Naranjo and other government representatives from the country, as well as guests from the UK tourism industry, media, and Ecuadorian private sector.

Minister Sandra Naranjo and Vice Minister Dominic Hamilton were in London to participate in the Experience Latin America travel fair. In the days leading up to the event, they met with key tour operators, airlines, hotel groups and media, in order to promote development opportunities in the country's tourism sector.

"The first stage of the campaign was primarily about raising awareness. The second stage invites travellers to experience our country on a more personal level, as a place where they can reconnect with nature and themselves," the Minister explained.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Proactive CRM Strategy Will Guide The Future Of Travel For Millennials

As more brands begin to tap into the millennial market by interacting with customers on an increasingly personalized and customized level, isn’t it time our go-to airlines and hotel chains do the same? Brand promotion and one-way interactions on social media are no longer sufficient for travel companies to earn next-level customer loyalty. 

According to eMarketer, personalized customer experiences ranked as the leading marketing priority for 46 percent of worldwide marketing execs in November 2014. When this materializes, the future of travel will lie in enhanced customer relationships through customized experiences.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

LGBT Confex signs event marketing partnership with IGLTA

NEW YORK – LGBT Confex, Latin America’s leading LGBT business organization has partnered with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association as an event marketing partner for 2015. The partnership will promote LGBT CONFEX’s International Business Forum taking place in Yucatan Siglo XXI Convention Center, in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on September 18 & 19, across IGLTA’s platforms. 

“Our partnership with IGLTA is a sign of the great interest the 5th edition of the LGBT International Business Forum is gaining at an international level,” said Ruben Sandoval, CEO of LGBT Confex. “We are expecting this edition to be our biggest and most comprehensive yet.”

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Abercrombie & Kent Unveils Cuba-South America Private Jet Tour

Abercrombie & Kent’s product development team had worked since February to create a new South America by Private Jet program, and then Geoffrey Kent, the founder of A&K returned from a trip to Cuba last month and he was so charged with his experience that he insisted Cuba be added to the private jet tour.

The result is a 23-day jet-set whirl through South America beginning with a trip to Havana from Miami, exploring South America and concluding with a final farewell bash in Rio de Janeiro. The tour will take place Sept. 6-28, 2016.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"We Will Travel Anywhere:" A Ride to Columbus With Chicago Fire Supporters

Much is made of the sense of community, the brotherhood, the sisterhood, the overwhelming sense of family that is engendered by fandom, whatever the sport may be. Supporting your team, through thick and thin, both near and far, being part of a like-minded collective is something that most of us cherish, and for those of us that are fortunate to be a part of such a tribe, there is very little to compete with it in terms of the pride it inspires, the passion it stirs and the enjoyment it gives us.

On Friday, May 22, I was lucky enough to gatecrash such a gathering, as a busload of hardy Chicago Fire fans assembled in the early hours of the morning for the not-so-local derby against Midwest rivals Columbus Crew SC. Just a simple matter of a 12-hour round trip to support their idols, their heroes, their team.

A motley crew of all ages, backgrounds and dispositions came together to show their love for their team in the best way they knew how, bedecked in red, white and blue and with optimistic thoughts of putting one over their closest foes. There were bartenders and students on board. Paramedics, a professor of Religious Studies and even the President of NASL club Indy Eleven, Peter Wilt, of course better known to Fire fans as the club’s first President and GM, joined us in Indianapolis. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

The world’s 10 most tourism friendly countries

For the first time, Spain ranks as the world’s most tourism-friendly country in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, according to rankings recently released in a biennial report. Spain’s leading status is “thanks to its cultural resources, infrastructure and adaptation to digital consumption habits,” a press release accompanying the report said.

Traditionally strong contenders including France, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy were also ranked in the index’s top 10.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Americans Find Ways to Visit Cuba Despite Tourism Ban

"Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.

Sure, some Americans follow the rules on sanctioned travel — bringing supplies to Cuban churches or synagogues, for example, on a religious activities license. Others come on approved group tours known as "people-to-people" trips with themed itineraries like the arts.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

US Latinas put selfies and sacrifice first in travel experiences

NEW YORK - When it comes to family, U.S. Latinas put their children's needs before their own, even when traveling, according to the annual Women in Travel survey by Best Western International.  In fact, approximately 68 percent of U.S. Latinas with children said their children's needs come first when traveling, in comparison to only 61 percent of their non-Hispanic counterparts. As the busy summer vacation season approaches, Best Western looked at U.S. women to find out more about their travel preferences in a survey of 500 females living within the U.S. The findings were unveiled at the Leisure Travel Summit in New York City. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Study: Downtown Santa Ana Not Cashing in On Its 'Latino Identity

Central Santa Ana residents remain a largely untapped economic resource and could bring an addition $137 million in spending to the city, according to a new study by urban development researcher Jeb Brugmann.

Brugmann found that central Santa Ana residents make only 32 percent of their so-called "wellness" purchases -- groceries, meals, health and personal care products -- in the downtown core, despite living so close and lacking cars to drive to more distant retailers.

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