Central & South America

Podcast: Latin America’s Aviation Infrastructure Problem

Podcast: Latin America’s Aviation Infrastructure Problem

Airline Weekly

IATA Regional Vice President for the Americas Peter Cerdá explains the patchwork of travel restrictions that is making air travel in Latin America difficult and why governments in the region should invest more in air transport infrastructure.

2 months ago

Panama Extends International Flights’ Suspension Until Late August

Panama Extends International Flights’ Suspension Until Late August

Elida Moreno, Reuters

Panama has had a series of monthly flight suspensions and this one is the latest. It's not the greatest news for Copa Airlines but probably is for the health of Panama's citizenry.

3 months ago

Rio’s Famed Beaches Sparkle More With Less Visitors During Pandemic

Rio’s Famed Beaches Sparkle More With Less Visitors During Pandemic

Bernadette Baum, Reuters

Some beaches in Brazil still do not have many visitors, even as lockdown measures are relaxed. The result? The beaches are getting a chance to breathe.

3 months ago

Rio de Janeiro’s Famous Beaches Will Only Reopen After a Vaccine Is Found

Rio de Janeiro’s Famous Beaches Will Only Reopen After a Vaccine Is Found

Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Jake Spring, Reuters

The intention is sensible, but banning beachgoers doesn't sound enforceable, as many other countries have already proven.

3 months ago

Tourists Begin to Find Their Way Back to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Tourists Begin to Find Their Way Back to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Jorge Antonio Delgado, Reuters

Mexico is at peak infection rates, but that's apparently lost on these travelers.

4 months ago

Mexico City to Emerge Slowly From Lockdown on Monday

Mexico City to Emerge Slowly From Lockdown on Monday

Raul Cortes, Reuters

Coronavirus cases are still rising, but officials in Mexico City are moving ahead with easing lockdown restrictions. Will tourists follow soon?

4 months ago

Costa Rica Closes Border Until June 30 But Domestic Travel Reopens

Costa Rica Closes Border Until June 30 But Domestic Travel Reopens

Alvaro Murillo, Reuters

Costa Rica is leaning toward safety as its overriding goal in keeping out international travelers until June 30.

5 months ago

White House Places Coronavirus Travel Ban on Hard-Hit Brazil

White House Places Coronavirus Travel Ban on Hard-Hit Brazil

Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Brazil was added to the list of travel ban countries on Sunday as coronavirus cases have spiked to alarming levels in the country. Will Russia be next on President Trump's list?

5 months ago

Why Latin America’s Travel Recovery Might Lag the World’s

Why Latin America’s Travel Recovery Might Lag the World’s

Marcelo Rochabrun, Reuters

The only upcoming trip for many Latin Americans will be returning to their workplaces. A feckless U.S. and reckless China have prevented the world from coordinating a response to the pandemic.

5 months ago

Recession-Wracked Argentina Faces Tourism Hit on Top of Existing Weakness

Recession-Wracked Argentina Faces Tourism Hit on Top of Existing Weakness

Eliana Raszewski, Maximilian Heath, and Cassandra Garrison, Reuters

Spare a thought for Argentina, whose woeful state finances make it ill-prepared to help the country's hotels, wineries, and famous cultural attractions during the tourism plunge and coming quarantine.

7 months ago

Argentina Considers Reinstating a Tourist Surcharge on Transactions to Help Economy

Argentina Considers Reinstating a Tourist Surcharge on Transactions to Help Economy

Oscar Medina, Bloomberg

A 20 percent tax on foreign transactions may be one way to boost international reserves, but it's questionable as a strategy to attract tourists.

10 months ago

Brazil Wants to Double Its Visitors by 2022 But at What Cost?

Brazil Wants to Double Its Visitors by 2022 But at What Cost?

Kristin Majcher, Skift

Brazil is aiming to double its visitors by 2022 and change its image to shift the focus onto its natural resources. There are concerns, however, about whether the plan is sustainable.

11 months ago