Central & South America

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.

4 days ago

Chile Protests Scare Off Tourists With No End in Sight

Chile Protests Scare Off Tourists With No End in Sight

Philip Sanders, Bloomberg

Chile’s tourism industry is a lot poorer by “Eat the Rich,” graffiti on a wall that's an emblem of escalating protests. So are tourists who are canceling or not booking a destination that has such a rich and diverse range of attractions.

2 weeks ago

Costa Rica Matures From Ecotourism Pioneer to Industry Leader

Costa Rica Matures From Ecotourism Pioneer to Industry Leader

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Costa Rica was calling things green and eco way before it was cool. Now it's going beyond ecotourism to embrace holistic sustainable tourism. Smart move, especially when arrivals keep growing.

2 months ago

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Costa Rica’s Well-Being and Sustainability Offerings Are a Glimpse Into the Future of Meetings and Events

Costa Rica’s Well-Being and Sustainability Offerings Are a Glimpse Into the Future of Meetings and Events

Visit Costa Rica + Skift

Meeting and event planners are working to incorporate more wellness-focused elements and reduce their environmental impact as the industry’s goals shift. Costa Rica has been a leader in prioritizing personal well-being and environmental sustainability for decades.

3 weeks ago

Los Cabos Opens First International Office After Mexico Pulls Plug on Tourism Marketing

Los Cabos Opens First International Office After Mexico Pulls Plug on Tourism Marketing

Rosie Spinks, Skift

After the shocking closing of Mexico's federal tourism board, it's good news to see an international office opening — this time funded by the private sector rather than with government money.

2 months ago

Mexico Beach Tourism Battles Against Smelly Seaweed

Mexico Beach Tourism Battles Against Smelly Seaweed

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Mexico's recently elected president Andrés Manuel López Obrador needs to take more serious action to combat the massive stinky piles of sargassum, a type of seaweed, arriving in coastal towns like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Otherwise the damage to the area's tourism reputation and ecosystem may linger for years.

4 months ago

Bogotá’s Potential in Wellness Tourism Starts With an Amazonian Nut

Bogotá’s Potential in Wellness Tourism Starts With an Amazonian Nut

Rebecca Stone, Skift

The cacay nut is a perfect example of how tourists can directly benefit entire countries simply by buying products for their own wellness in cities like Bogotá that help support poorer regions throughout Colombia. Maybe someday being a tourist will become less about being a foreigner and more about being a better global citizen.

8 months ago

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson Plans a Humanitarian Concert for Venezuela

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson Plans a Humanitarian Concert for Venezuela

Matthew Bristow, Bloomberg

Cynics may guess that Richard Branson saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody and, reminded of the success of the first Live Aid concert in 1985, decided narcissistically to revive the idea. Idealists will say, whatever the motivation, the world must ease the economic crisis in Venezuela.

9 months ago

Medellin’s Tourism Challenge: Telling the Right Story of Its Violent Past

Medellin’s Tourism Challenge: Telling the Right Story of Its Violent Past

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Medellin has gone through an incredible transformation over the past 30 years, but large issues still remain prevalent. As the city figures out the right story it wants to tell, its "fake it ‘til you make it" strategy somehow works — speaking to the resilience of many developing economies that are navigating histories of crime, corruption, and violence and still figuring out how to position themselves as destinations.

9 months ago

Some Airlines Drop Venezuela Layovers to Avoid Turmoil for Crews

Some Airlines Drop Venezuela Layovers to Avoid Turmoil for Crews

Irene García, Bloomberg

European carriers Iberia and TAP have added stops in the Caribbean. They will let their workers stay overnight elsewhere than in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, which is plagued with political violence. Smart.

10 months ago

Even Chilean President’s Machete Won’t Halt Venezuelan Influx

Even Chilean President’s Machete Won’t Halt Venezuelan Influx

Daniela Guzman, Bloomberg

From the Middle East and Europe to Myanmar and Chile, refugees under duress will flee to safety, paperwork or not. That's what's happening as Venezuela collapse and many of its citizens escape to Chile.

10 months ago

Peru’s Challenge to Build Tourism Outside the Shadows of Machu Picchu

Peru’s Challenge to Build Tourism Outside the Shadows of Machu Picchu

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Peru has done a lot in terms of diversifying its tourism industry, but a stronger emphasis on a unified vision for tourism is still needed. If governments don’t start prioritizing tourism — which has far-reaching impacts on other industries, the environment, and the lives of locals — we’re going to lose critical parts of history that help explain who we are and how we got here.

10 months ago