Central & South America

Venezuela Wants More Tourists Despite Danger and Economic Chaos

Venezuela Wants More Tourists Despite Danger and Economic Chaos

Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

It's been a decade-long collapse for Venezuela, and expecting tourists to return any time soon is ridiculous.

2 weeks ago

Rio de Janeiro’s Neighborhood Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Rising Violence

Rio de Janeiro’s Neighborhood Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Rising Violence

Renata Brito, Associated Press

Slum tourism has always been a complicated subject: Are rich visitors exploiting or helping the local communities? In Rio de Janeiro, this moral question is becoming secondary to concerns about safety.

1 month ago

Peru Wants Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister to Attract More Tourists

Peru Wants Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister to Attract More Tourists

John Quigley, Bloomberg

It's one thing when New York tries to funnel tourists into lesser-known parts of the city. It will be another to pull that off in the remote, delicate ecosystem that contains Machu Picchu and its Sacred Sister.

1 month ago

Video: Tourism Leaders on Planning to Avoid Overtourism

Video: Tourism Leaders on Planning to Avoid Overtourism

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tourism executives from around the world all have unique challenges as they promote their destinations, but they also have a lot in common: They want to avoid the pitfalls of destructive tourism, get a good return on their marketing dollars, and attract high-spending visitors.

1 month ago

Turkey and Venezuela Agree to Increased Flights and Tourism

Turkey and Venezuela Agree to Increased Flights and Tourism

Joseph Ataman, Associated Press

We see it all over the world these days: When countries have difficulties with their traditional allies, they turn elsewhere. It's a smart move by Turkey and Venezuela to seek closer ties, although both governments are pariahs right now.

2 months ago

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world's seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

3 months ago

Cruise Passengers Are Booking Earlier Than Ever. Is That a Good Thing?

Cruise Passengers Are Booking Earlier Than Ever. Is That a Good Thing?

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise companies are finally seeing the booking behavior they desired as more passengers reserve their places earlier. But observers wonder if selling inventory too far in advance means cruise lines are leaving money on the table.

4 months ago

The Luxury Cruise Lines Sailing the Waters of the Amazon

The Luxury Cruise Lines Sailing the Waters of the Amazon

Laura Powell, Skift

As European rivers become overcrowded, luxury travelers are looking to escape the masses. They are finding the isolation they seek in Peru's Amazon region.

5 months ago

United Airlines Ceases Flying to Venezuela

United Airlines Ceases Flying to Venezuela

Associated Press

Count this as a temporary move by United to stop flying to a very troubled country, Venezuela.

6 months ago

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

The highest gap between potential in tourism in the world and what's been realized so far is Brazil. Despite obstacles, better marketing and more private-public coordination could boost visitors.

7 months ago

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over in a Hopeful Prelude to a Tourism Rebound

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over in a Hopeful Prelude to a Tourism Rebound

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

Now that the health emergency has ended, the country's tourism industry and destination marketers ought to consider a coordinated ad campaign as a way to restore formerly high visitor counts.

7 months ago

Discovery Licenses Its Name for Costa Rica Eco-Tourism Park Means Big Business

Discovery Licenses Its Name for Costa Rica Eco-Tourism Park Means Big Business

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg

Discovery is eyeing millennial travelers with its new park plans but it should consider that many younger travelers do enjoy exclusively sitting on a beach rather than learning about biodiversity.

8 months ago