Central & South America

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.

1 week 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is looking south with its new and expanded routes to destinations in Latin America, further securing its position as the leading U.S. airline in the region.

5 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

Peru Protects Rainbow Mountain Tourism From Mining Sector

Peru Protects Rainbow Mountain Tourism From Mining Sector

Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg

Peru is smart to protect its thriving tourist attractions from foreign mining interests. The short-term payoff from mining concessions is nothing compared to the importance of preserving sustainable tourism growth.

4 months ago

Argentina’s Currency Crisis Creates Affordable Luxury for Visitors

Argentina’s Currency Crisis Creates Affordable Luxury for Visitors

Patrick Gillespie, Bloomberg

Argentina's currency crisis might be good news for international bargain-seeking visitors, but Argentine citizens are seeing their own trips grow too expensive.

4 months ago

Venezuela Passports Can Only Be Purchased With Cryptocurrency

Venezuela Passports Can Only Be Purchased With Cryptocurrency

Fabiola Zerpa, Bloomberg

Paying with cryptocurrency or not, the price of a Venezuela passport is beyond the means of most of its people. And many would assuredly leave if they could.

6 months ago

Norwegian Air Is Jumping Into Argentina’s Economic Fray With $18 Plane Tickets

Norwegian Air Is Jumping Into Argentina’s Economic Fray With $18 Plane Tickets

Carolina Millan and Jorgelina do Rosario, Bloomberg

Norwegian Air is betting that its low-cost model can thrive amid Argentina's economic challenges. Will the long-term vision be enough to carry it through any short-term turbulence?

7 months ago

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is more forgiving than in many countries, which is why many airlines have had multiple iterations. Now, eight years after filing for bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group again wants to be traded on public markets. Assuming it goes forward with an IPO, it'll be interesting to see if investors return.

8 months ago