Mandarin Oriental to debut in South America

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to get its first toehold in South America, with a management contract for an existing hotel in Santiago, Chile. The group will ultimately rebrand the existing 310-room Hyatt in the city, but will rename it as Hotel Santiago for now. Located in the city’s commerce and leisure district of Las Condes, Mandarin will take over the hotel from August, and an extensive guestroom...

More young travellers hitting South America’s cocaine trail, expert says

An increasing number of young Western travellers are heading to South America to take advantage of easy and cheap access to cocaine, a criminal justice expert has said. Flinders University criminal justice strategic professor Andrew Goldsmith said there was „no doubt“ Western backpackers travelling to places like Colombia, young travellers in particular, were increasing in numbers. „Some...

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...

Belmond launches luxury sleeper train service in South America

Belmond has launched what is describing as South America first luxury sleeper service. The Andean Explorer, which is operated by PeruRail, cuts through the Peruvian Andes on the Cusco-Puno-Arequipa line. According to the hotel and leisure company it is South America’s first luxury sleeper train and can carry 48 passengers at a time. The Explorer has a number of specialist cars including an open-deck...

Medical marijuana gains ground in South America

Cannabis plants growing in an apartment in the town. [Buenos Aires] Three South American countries have issued policies to regulate cannabis use for medical or recreational purposes. In recent weeks, firm steps have been taken to legalise the controversial plant in the region. This also opens new opportunities for research into its therapeutic and pharmacological properties. But the measures are still...

Zee Mundo arrives in South America

India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises has launched its Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel in South America. Zee Mundo is now carried in Ecuador by cable operator TV Cable, featuring Bollywood action, romance, suspense, drama and comedy films that have been dubbed into Spanish. “Our Latino audiences across the US have shown a huge appreciation for the channel and the content is already very...

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...

Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Argentina’s problems cannot be blamed on European stars

Argentina’s problems in World Cup qualifying are being wrongly blamed on Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano Alan Shearer achieved his dream of becoming captain of England and loved the role – but gave it up at the age of 29. Turning his back on international football was, he decided, a move he had to make in order to prolong his career. During the nine years the furthest he...

Diamond Resorts International – Offers Vacationers Top Tips When Traveling to South America

LAS VEGAS, NV / ACCESSWIRE / April 10, 2017 / Travel to South America will remain high in 2017 due to continued low fuel prices and overall lower cost to long-distance travel. Popular tropical destinations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean are likely to see a steady rise in vacationers over the winter, while Ecuador ranked highly as a sought-after vacation spot thanks to the famed Galapagos...