The next big offshore oil boom will be in South America

Say what you will about offshore oil and gas exploration, but it’s still alive and kicking—high production costs and all. The latest demonstration of the viability of deepwater projects, even in the post-2014 oil industry era, comes from none other than Brazil. On Wednesday, the country’s National Petroleum Agency put 287 oil and gas blocks up for auction, and only 37 found buyers. Too few, it...

MSC Cruises Prepares for the Holidays

MSC Cruises is busy getting ready for the holiday season, revealing details on their Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s festivities. Highlights of the line’s seasonal voyages include: Thanksgiving on MSC Divina MSC Divina‘s November 18 departure to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, and the Bahamas will be a festive voyage with a Thanksgiving flair. Guests will enjoy a traditional...

Upcoming Tourism Destinations in South America: Flows & Spending in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru – Research and Markets

The report „Upcoming Tourism Destinations in South America: Flows & Spending in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru“ provides key insights on the emerging tourism destinations in South America. It covers domestic, inbound and outbound tourism flows and spending and, analyses key trends, drivers and growth inhibitors. South American economies have great growth potential, although...

Buenos Aires becomes first Green Award port in South America

Buenos Aires has become the first port in South America to join the Green Award. In a statement the Port of Administration of Buenos Aires said it had evaluated the advantages of several initiatives to encourage healthy and safe operations in the port and went for the Green Award. “Since the port is in a strategic location, the metropolitan area of the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, the Port Administration...

Antarctica attracting more visitors, many leaving from SA and South America

More people are flying to Antarctica from South African and South American shores for excursions into the continent’s icy interior. On Monday, the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) released its 2016-17 tourism figures‚ ahead of its annual meeting in Edinburgh‚ Scotland. The total number of visitors travelling to Antarctica with IAATO members was 44‚367‚ an increase...

South America: A Polarized Continent

After a decade of relative stability, South America experiences political turmoil and social unrest. Not long ago, South America was a promising continent. Economic growth and unparalleled political stability offered good reasons for optimism. Gone were the coups, and the region welcomed transitions of power through elections. Now, however, this era of hopefulness feels like a distant memory. South...

A judge in South America’s biggest city says Uber drivers are employees

SAO PAULO – A judge in Brazil’s biggest city ruled this week that a driver using the Uber ride-hailing app is an employee of the San-Francisco-based company, threatening its business model in one of its biggest markets. Uber said it would appeal the decision on Tuesday by Judge Eduardo Rockenbach Pires at the regional labor court in Sao Paulo, which was made public in recent days. „By...

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger

QUITO, Ecuador — Nearly every nation in South America has been jolted by large protests or violent clashes in recent weeks, a continental surge of anti-government anger unlike anything in years. On the streets of Venezuela, opponents of the left-wing government are squaring off against riot police nearly every day. In Paraguay, angry crowds sacked and firebombed the country’s parliament building...

French Guiana: The part of South America facing a total shutdown

Discontent over living standards in French Guiana has led to a large-scale blockade on Monday. The territory has regained control of its space station (more on that later) but anger there is not going away. Despite being in South America, French Guiana remains part of France and has been paralysed by protests against a lack of investment from the mainland. Demonstrators, led by a masked group known...

Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides?

It starts with torrential rain in the mountains. Then a wall of mud and boulders comes barreling down the slopes, sweeping away houses, cars and people. Like a video stuck on repeat, the story has played out over and over again in recent weeks in South America, where hundreds of people have been killed in landslides. First they hit Peru, where the indigenous Quechua language has a word for these flash...