Central & South America

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.

3 weeks 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?

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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?

1 month 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.

2 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.

4 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.

7 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.

8 months 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.

8 months ago

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8 months ago

Costa Rica Matures From Ecotourism Pioneer to Industry Leader

Costa Rica Matures From Ecotourism Pioneer to Industry Leader

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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.

10 months ago

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10 months ago