Central & South America

Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge

Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Business travel spending has increased tremendously in India and Brazil since 2000 — but most of that money is spent domestically. As those and other markets continue to change — and global politics shift — will the future bring more or fewer international business trips?

9 months ago

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

Jamey Keaten and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

The removal of the emergency declaration shouldn't prompt travelers — or governments — to stop taking Zika seriously. The virus remains a "significant and enduring public health challenge," officials say.

11 months ago

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Has Devastated Once-Booming Margarita Island

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Has Devastated Once-Booming Margarita Island

Fabiola Sanchez , Associated Press

With international tourism dried up — and domestic visitor numbers down to a trickle — Venezuela's resort destinations are in trouble.

1 year ago

Brazil Tourism President on the Aftermath of Rio’s Olympic Games

Brazil Tourism President on the Aftermath of Rio’s Olympic Games

Greg Oates, Skift

Few other Olympic Games in recent memory created as much controversy as Rio 2016, but all of the airport, hotel, and transportation upgrades bode well for continued tourism development over the long-term.

1 year ago

Costa Rica Balances Happiness of Its Residents With That of Planet Earth

Costa Rica Balances Happiness of Its Residents With That of Planet Earth

Associated Press

But is the country being transparent enough in its marketing messages to really convey what "ecotourism" really is, or just how sustainable Costa Rica really is for travelers, locals, and indigenous flora and fauna alike?

1 year ago

Google Maps Comes to Rio’s Favelas for a 360-Degree Video Project

Google Maps Comes to Rio’s Favelas for a 360-Degree Video Project

Greg Oates, Skift

"Rio: Beyond The Map" is Google showing off what destinations can do with its Street View technology to provide an immersive and self-directed virtual experience, combining both 360-degree video and traditional digital content.

1 year ago

Ecuador Appeals to Tourists to Return, Post-Earthquake

Ecuador Appeals to Tourists to Return, Post-Earthquake

Sebastien Malo, Reuters

The question of when to return to a destination following a a natural disaster or violent incident is always a difficult one. But when a cautious leader says "come on back" it's a good time to go.

1 year ago

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Alexander McIntyre, Bloomberg

There are only so many Band-Aids you can put on a bad situation before they no longer stick. In Rio's case, it can probably manage to keep the bandages on for a few weeks for the sake of tourism but much larger problems loom for the long-term.

1 year ago

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Not all UNESCO World Heritage Sites are that easy to travel to, but these seven are fairly accessible and, because they're the newest additions to the list, they haven't yet been swamped with crowds full of tourists just yet.

1 year ago

Tourists to Brazil Olympics Should Bring Translation Apps

Tourists to Brazil Olympics Should Bring Translation Apps

Peter Prengaman and Stan Lehman, Associated Press

Brazil has enough Olympics issues to deal with beyond worrying about how tourists will communicate with business owners. In the grand scheme of the global event, the language barrier is muito pequeno (very small).

1 year ago

Food Tourism Could Bring $7.5 Billion to Peru in 2016

Food Tourism Could Bring $7.5 Billion to Peru in 2016

Chris Rovzar, Bloomberg

Machu Picchu is magnificent but tons of tourists are going to Peru to eat.

1 year ago

Following the Attack in France, Brazil Ramps Up Security for the Rio Olympics

Following the Attack in France, Brazil Ramps Up Security for the Rio Olympics

David Biller, Bloomberg

Brazil my have some serious financial challenges right now, but one thing countries tend to put first is security.

1 year ago