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South America’s tourism is fragile compared to regions such as North America and Europe. Unstable political climates, fears of corruption, and perceived crime are all factors that impact the continent, and these risks have only increased over 2020 as a consequence of the pandemic.

US spending into South America is forecast to drop by 44,4 percent between 2020 and 2021 as travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have stymied visitor flows.

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and representatives of the local private sector have unveiled a list of 16 health protocols for the safe reopening of some of the country’s most popular tourism areas that were affected by the Covid-19 global pandemic. 

Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s innovation incubator brand for global travellers, announced the opening of Aloft San Juan, the first Aloft hotel in the Caribbean.

Costa Rica has launched an unprecedented plan by which the country aims to achieve zero emissions by 2050.

During the second quarter (Q2) of this year, hotels in Central/South America reported occupancy rose 2.4 percent year over year to 55.3 percent, ADR increased 23.6 percent to USD117.24 and RevPAR rose 26.6 percent to USD64.80, according to STR.

Qatar Airways is further strengthening its sporting partnerships around the world with the announcement that from the upcoming season (2018-19) it will become the official jersey sponsor of the world-renowned Argentinian football club, Boca Juniors through to the 2022/23 season.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation added El Salvador to its portfolio after a Hyatt affiliate entered into a franchise agreement with LATAM Hotel Corporation.

To mark its 30th anniversary in 2017, IntercityHotel instigated a special new link by entering into a cooperation agreement with the Brazilian brand Intercity Hotels.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will launch Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort in mid-2018.