Sí Here Weekly Business Tourism Report

October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past week.

Tourism takes a hit: plenty of travel cancelations in earthquake's aftermath from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

Short-term cancelations are approaching 80% as visitors change their plans to travel to the states affected by the tremor, a trend that will have a negative impact on the December vacation period, the last high season of the year for the industry. The Mexican Federation of Tourism Associations (Fematur) and the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM) described the outlook for the year as “complicated. ”The best-case scenario for industry leaders is that the figures will remain the same as last year, when Mexico welcomed 35 million international travelers who generated revenues of US $19. 7 billion.

Responding to travel warning, Los Cabos unveils security plan from travelweekly.com : Mexico

And the greater business community is also willing to put additional money on the table to protect its interests, he said. It, along with public authorities, have ponied up $47 million to create a rapid-response program to deal with the negative incidents and reporting. Working together, public and private interests created a multipronged security plan to address issues, reassure tourists and communicate progress to U. S. authorities in hopes of getting the warning lifted.

What the State Department Warning on Cuba Means for Travelers from nytimes.com : Cuba

Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to the Communist island. In a strongly worded statement issued on Friday, the State Department warned Americans “not to travel to Cuba” after news of a bizarre series of sonic attacks that have affected American and Canadian diplomats based there in recent months. The attacks caused symptoms that include brain injuries, hearing loss, fatigue and headaches.

Travel industry sticking with trips to Cuba from US from abcnews.go.com : Cuba

Tour companies, airlines, cruises and others in the travel industry say they will continue taking Americans to Cuba despite a dramatic safety warning issued Friday by the U. S. State Department.

After New Travel Warning, Questions About Safety in Mexico from nytimes.com : Mexico

On Aug. 22, the U. S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning on Mexico, advising caution in several popular beach destinations, including Cancún, the Riviera Maya and Los Cabos, for the first time. The warning notes that murder, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery have been on the rise as rival gangs battle over territory. Recent shootings in Los Cabos, Cancún and Playa del Carmen indicate those conflicts have surfaced in popular beach destinations, although the statement notes that tourists have not been targets.

Puerto Rico's main airport is barely functioning from money.cnn.com : Puerto Rico

The largest airport in Puerto Rico is still crippled almost a week after Hurricane Maria. Passengers hoping to escape the devastation have packed the main terminal, which has no air conditioning since it's running on limited emergency power.

Mexico City Slowly Getting Back to Business, With Airport and Hotels Fully Operational from meetings-conventions.com : Mexico

Travel infrastructure is largely intact. Officials say the damages suffered outside Terminal 2 of Mexico City International Airport will not inconvenience either passengers or planes, and service has been operational and regular since last week. American Airlines, Delta and United all have travel waivers in place for Mexico City through today but are operating all regularly scheduled flights. Popular meetings hotels have, likewise, for the most part suffered little damage. The 160-room Le Méridien, on Paseo de la Reforma, was closed for several days as a precaution, due to minor damage to the elevators

PR Mexico Tourism Board Unveils Global "A World of Its Own" Campaign from marketwatch.com : Mexico

The Mexico Tourism Board unveiled a new global campaign, "A World of Its Own," in New York City. The campaign represents the next chapter in Mexico's global tourism positioning and promotion and focuses on the vibrant, multi-faceted experiences that keep visitors coming back to Mexico and its hundreds of destinations, time and again. The "A World of Its Own" positioning highlights the sheer scale and diversity of Mexico's tourism offering and comes at a time when Mexico has climbed from the 15(th) (2012) to the 8(th) most visited country in the world (source:UNWTO), outpacing the global industry average in growth, by several times.

PR NMEX Signs Letter of Intent for Development of Mexican Caribbean Resort Property from baystreet.ca : Mexico

Northern Minerals & Exploration Ltd. (OTC PINK: NMEX) ("Northern" or the "Company") has entered into a Letter of Intent ("LOI") with a private Mexican entity to work together and conduct due diligence for participating in projects in Mexico with an initial emphasis on a property ("Property") in the State of Quintana Roo.

International hotel chains bet on Latin America for growth from latintrade.com : Latin America

Why are international hotel chains targeting Latin America?Outside of Brazil, the region is behind in forging alliances between private hotel developers and international chains. But there is no longer any doubt about the need to partner with a chain on development. There are a lot of independent properties in Latin America, and more and more of them want to partner with hotel chains. The business is getting more competitive, and the chains offer the brand name and better distribution tools.

Peru: 7 million tourists 2021 target achievable from andina.com.pe : Peru

Achieving the government's goal to increase tourist arrivals to 7 million in 2021 is possible but requires an action plan and infrastructure development, Lima Convention and Visitors Bureau President Carlos Canales affirmed. He said Lima needs concrete actions to regain its position as regional leader in air connectivity and airport infrastructure, currently held by Panama City.

PR Travel Insurance Coverage Lessons You Need to Learn After Mexico’s Earthquake from prnewswire.com

Mexico has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for U. S. travelers over the past six years, according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth. In the wake of the recent earthquakes, Squaremouth explains how travel insurance can provide coverage when an earthquake impacts your trip.

There is a bizarre tour in Mexico that gives tourists a simulated illegal border-crossing experience from news.com.au : Mexico

Imagine paying to be chased, shot at and verbally abused on your holiday? That’s what you’ll get from this tour in Mexico which offers a live simulation of what it’s like to cross the border from Mexico to the United States illegally — at night and under stressful and dangerous conditions. Caminata Nocturna, or the Night Walk, is a three-hour, 12km obstacle course which involves running across rugged land, and through streams and bushes, all while being pursued by “border patrol agents” firing guns with loaded blanks. Sirens and fake drug cartel members also up the adrenaline.

Los Cabos Invests in Security Along with Luxury Hotel Development from meetings-conventions.com : health

When Los Cabos was named in the United States Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico last month, a lot of media outlets and travelers took note. Los Cabos typically hasn't been among the Mexican destinations getting much ink in such warnings, and the wording concerning the state that's home to Los Cabos was alarming: "Exercise caution," read the updated warning, "as Baja California Sur continues to experience a high rate of homicides. "

Deutsche Lufthansa AG emphasises 'very close relationships' with South American partners from centreforaviation.com : Latin America

Deutsche Lufthansa AG senior director South America Tom Maes, speaking on CAPA TV, said (28-Sep-2017) the group has "very very close relationships" with airlines in South America. Commenting on IAG's new joint business agreement with LATAM, Mr Maes said the developments "didn't really change" the fact that Lufthansa has close ties with Azul, Copa Airlines and Avianca Brazil. "We also have interline agreements with Aerolineas Argentinas. . . we are very confident. . . for the midterm we don't see any changes".

South America's first luxury overnight train: on board the Andean Explorer from thenational.ae : Latin America

I’m travelling on the Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury overnight train, and this brief stretch of the legs is taking place on the crown of the La Raya Pass, at 4,343 metres above sea level, the highest point on the train’s two-night, 700-kilometre-long Peruvian Highlands itinerary. After exploring the tiny trackside chapel and posing for selfies in the creeping shadows of the Andes, the train’s guests clamber aboard again, congregating in the open-air observation car for as long as they can weather the chilly night air as the train curls its way through deep valleys on its decent towards Lake Titicaca.

Falklands promotes investment in the tourist cruise sector from en.mercopress.com

In response to calls from the Falklands cruise sector the Falkland Islands Tourism Board (FITB) has launched a new grant scheme to encourage investment in the cruise sector. Executive Director of FITB Stephanie Middleton said “Cruise operators tell us that they are keen to see more options for visitors when coming on shore.

Cruise season has officially started in Puerto Vallarta from vallartadaily.com : Mexico

The high season of cruise arrivals in Puerto Vallarta officially started, which will continue through May of next year. With the arrival of the cruise ship Island Princess, coming from Los Angeles, California, with a capacity of more than 2,500 passengers spending about $90 USD per person in the city. As the season starts, there is a high expectation that this season will be record setting for tourism providers, merchants, and the population of Puerto Vallarta.

Travellers in Mexico warned about meth-laced soft drinks from news.com.au : Mexico

IN THE midst of panic over deadly tampered alcohol, tourists in Mexico have a new worry — about what’s lurking in their soft drink.

Cruise 2017/18 season takes off in Punta Arenas with the "Stella Australis" from en.mercopress.com : Chile

The Chilean flagged “Stella Australis” opened this week the Punta Arenas 2017/28 cruise season, which is expected to extend until the end of March. Probably the most experienced company to enjoy the glaciers and fjords of Tierra del Fuego, its cruises make round trips between Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile and Ushuaia, capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego.

Mike Kaplan on Donald Trump: Stop the "xenophobia" from denverpost.com : Colorado

Aspen Skiing Co. president and CEO Mike Kaplan said the major reason for a 30 percent drop in visitors from Mexico during the 2016-17 ski season was “xenophobia radiating from the Oval Office. ”Kaplan made the accusation in a guest opinion column published Friday in The Wall Street Journal, the latest in a series of criticisms he has aimed at the Trump administration since the 2016 presidential election.

Tourism Council Rejects $20 Air Tax in Mexico from travelagentcentral.com : Mexico

A recently proposed air tax for tourists arriving into Mexico has been rejected by tourism heads in the state of Quintana Roo. The National Business Tourism Council (CNET) made the $20 USD air tax proposal in June arguing that the state of Quintana Roo should be the first to test the tax since it receives the highest percentage of tourist travel. The tax, the council said, would be used for security purposes.

PR Hyatt Announces Plans for Debut of Park Hyatt Brand in Mexico with Two World-Class Luxury Hotels from businesswire.com : Mexico

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today two new luxury hotel developments in Los Cabos and Mexico City, Mexico under the Park Hyatt brand. These two high-end properties, designed to meet the needs of the discerning global traveler, mark the anticipated debut of the Park Hyatt brand in the country, and will join the brand’s global portfolio in locations such as Bangkok, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan and Zurich, as well as two sister hotels in Latin America: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Mendoza.

It's important to keep tourism afloat in areas that experience natural disasters from theconversation.com

Tourism has proven to be resilient industry, although it can be susceptible to shocks from risk-increasing events. Such disasters sometimes have large initial negative effects, but later these tend to decrease or even disappear. But potential tourists can become used to negative events if they occur frequently enough; the shock factor decreases over time.

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta: How this sprawling Mexican holiday resort is trying to feed its 3,000 guests sustainably from independent.co.uk : Mexico

From soil and seed to table and teeth, one Mexican resort sheds light on the massive process of feeding its guests

Air Passengers Stuck in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria Damaged Radar from laht.com : Puerto Rico

Dozens of anxious passengers had to stay overnight on Monday, some even waited for days, at San Juan airport wanting to leave Puerto Rico in the face of a lack of basic services such as water and electricity, after Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island five days ago.

IAATO and Argentina step up collaborative efforts to promote responsible tourism from en.mercopress.com : Argentina

Improvements to Ushuaia Port services and future collaboration between the Antarctic cruise industry and the Argentine government were discussed last week at a meeting organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Fuegian Institute of Tourism (In. Fue. Tur).

PR Nobu Hotels Continues Global Expansion into South America from marketwatch.com : Latin America

Nobu Hospitality, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, has seen tremendous growth spanning five continents; now Nobu Hotels is delighted to announce its launch into South America.

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