Guatemala tourism – IPMS Guatemala http://ipmsguatemala.org/ Tue, 17 May 2022 13:18:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ipmsguatemala.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-61-120x120.png Guatemala tourism – IPMS Guatemala http://ipmsguatemala.org/ 32 32 Tourism off to a strong start to 2022 while facing new uncertainties – English version https://ipmsguatemala.org/tourism-off-to-a-strong-start-to-2022-while-facing-new-uncertainties-english-version/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:00:42 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/tourism-off-to-a-strong-start-to-2022-while-facing-new-uncertainties-english-version/ International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, with a much better performance compared to the weak start to 2021. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is adding pressure to existing economic uncertainties, coupled with numerous related travel restrictions to Covid still in place. Overall confidence could be affected and hamper the recovery of tourism. […]]]>

International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, with a much better performance compared to the weak start to 2021. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is adding pressure to existing economic uncertainties, coupled with numerous related travel restrictions to Covid still in place. Overall confidence could be affected and hamper the recovery of tourism.

Based on the latest available data, global international tourist arrivals more than doubled (+130%) in January 2022 compared to 2021 – the 18 million additional visitors recorded worldwide in the first month of this year equates to the total increase for all of 2021.

While these figures confirm the positive trend already initiated last year, the pace of recovery in January was impacted by the emergence of the Omicron variant and the reintroduction of travel restrictions in several destinations. After the 71% drop in 2021, international arrivals in January 2022 remained 67% below pre-pandemic levels.

Europe and the Americas are the best performers

All regions saw a significant rebound in January 2022, but from the low levels seen at the start of 2021. Europe (+199%) and the Americas (+97%) continued to show the best results, with international arrivals still around half before pandemic levels (-53% and -52%, respectively).

The Middle East (+89%) and Africa (+51%) also saw growth in January 2022 compared to 2021, but these regions saw a decline of 63% and 69% respectively compared to 2019. While Asia and the Pacific recorded a 44% year-on-year increase, several destinations remained closed to non-essential travel, resulting in the largest drop in international arrivals in 2019 (- 93%).

By sub-region, the best results were recorded by Western Europe, registering four times more arrivals in January 2022 than in 2021, but 58% less than in 2019. In addition, the Caribbean (-38%) and Southern Europe and the Mediterranean (-41%) showed the fastest recovery rates towards 2019 levels. Indeed, several islands in the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific, as well as a few smaller destinations in Europe and Central America recorded the best results compared to 2019: Seychelles (-27%), Bulgaria and Curaçao (both -20%), El Salvador (-19%), Serbia and the Maldives (-13% each), the Dominican Republic (-11%), Albania (-7%) and Andorra (-3%). Bosnia and Herzegovina (+2%) even exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Among the main destinations, Turkey and Mexico recorded decreases of 16% and 24% respectively compared to 2019.

Recovery prospects

After the unprecedented fall in 2020 and 2021, international tourism is expected to continue its gradual recovery in 2022. As of March 24, 12 destinations had no COVID-19 restrictions in place and a growing number of destinations were easing or lifting restrictions travel, helping to release pent-up demand.

The war in Ukraine poses new challenges to the global economic environment and risks hampering the return of confidence in international travel. The US and Asian source markets, which have started to open up, could be particularly impacted, particularly with regard to travel to Europe, as these markets are historically more risk averse.

The closure of Ukrainian and Russian airspace, as well as the banning of Russian carriers by many European countries are affecting intra-European travel. It also causes detours on long-haul flights between Europe and East Asia, resulting in longer flights and higher costs. Russia and Ukraine together accounted for 3% of global international tourism spending in 2020 and at least $14 billion in global tourism revenue could be lost if the conflict continues. The importance of the two markets is significant for neighboring countries, but also for European sun and sea destinations. The Russian market has also gained significant weight during the pandemic for long-haul destinations such as the Maldives, Seychelles or Sri Lanka. As destinations, Russia and Ukraine accounted for 4% of all international arrivals in Europe, but only 1% of international tourism receipts in Europe in 2020.

Economic uncertainty and pressures

While it’s too early to assess the impact, air travel searches and bookings across various channels showed a slowdown the week after the invasion, but began to rebound in early March.

The offensive is certain to add further pressure to already difficult economic conditions, undermining consumer confidence and increasing investment uncertainty. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that global economic growth could be more than 1% lower this year than previously forecast, while inflation, already high at the start of the year, could be further higher by at least 2.5%. The recent spike in oil prices (Brent hit 10-year highs) and rising inflation are making accommodation and transport services more expensive, adding further pressure on businesses, government and government. consumer buying and saving, notes UNWTO.

This forecast is in line with the analysis of the potential consequences of the conflict on global economic recovery and growth by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which also revised downwards its projection for global economic growth. in 2022 from 3.6% to 2.6% and warned that developing countries will be the most vulnerable to the downturn. (https://www.unwto.org/news)

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UN World Tourism Organization suspends Russia https://ipmsguatemala.org/un-world-tourism-organization-suspends-russia/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/un-world-tourism-organization-suspends-russia/ The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has suspended the membership of the Russian Federation, thus depriving the country of its rights and privileges as a member of the specialized agency of the United Nations with immediate effect. In a statement issued on Wednesday (April 27), the UNWTO said the Russian delegation had refused to stand up […]]]>

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has suspended the membership of the Russian Federation, thus depriving the country of its rights and privileges as a member of the specialized agency of the United Nations with immediate effect.

In a statement issued on Wednesday (April 27), the UNWTO said the Russian delegation had refused to stand up and defend its position and announced before the debate that it would withdraw from the UNWTO, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

This means that the Russian Federation will not be able to benefit from the Organization’s services, including technical assistance, or attend UNWTO meetings or events. Furthermore, he will also not be allowed to nominate a candidate to serve on UNWTO statutory bodies, to vote in elections for UNWTO bodies or to select a candidate to serve as Secretary-General.

The Assembly voted in favor of the suspension, far exceeding the required two-thirds majority. The decision takes effect immediately, while the voluntary withdrawal is not effective until one year after a member submits an official communication through the appropriate channels,” read the statement.

In this regard, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that UNWTO members had given a message that tourism is a pillar of international peace and friendship, and that members of UNWTO should uphold these values ​​without exception.

Furthermore, he pointed out that this emergency General Assembly shows that Russia’s actions are vulnerable and contrary to the principles of UNWTO and international governance.

A total of 99 countries were represented in Madrid. According to article 3 of the statutes, all members undertake to develop tourism “with a view to contributing to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity, universal perspective and respect for human rights. the man “. UNWTO noted.

On March 2, the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization called for an urgent session of the Executive Council to address the issue of the request from Guatemala, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine to suspend Russia’s membership of the UNWTO.

According to the UNWTO statutes, each member state can be suspended in the same way if only two-thirds of its other members consider that they are pursuing a policy contrary to the fundamental objectives of the Organization.

The bylaws also establish that approval of the motion to suspend membership requires a two-thirds majority of full members present and voting at the General Assembly. The suspension is temporary and can be lifted, but this only happens by the General Assembly and following the same procedure.

>> Travel preference for Eastern European destinations remains similar to a year ago despite war in Ukraine

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With the summer tourist season approaching, the industry is shrinking https://ipmsguatemala.org/with-the-summer-tourist-season-approaching-the-industry-is-shrinking/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 11:00:48 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/with-the-summer-tourist-season-approaching-the-industry-is-shrinking/ As Maine hotels, restaurants and attractions prepare for what is expected to be a busy tourist season, managers face a host of challenges including labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and rising gasoline prices. But the show goes on. With COVID restrictions lifted, travelers are expected to flock to Maine this summer in numbers never seen […]]]>

As Maine hotels, restaurants and attractions prepare for what is expected to be a busy tourist season, managers face a host of challenges including labor shortages, supply chain disruptions and rising gasoline prices. But the show goes on. With COVID restrictions lifted, travelers are expected to flock to Maine this summer in numbers never seen before.

Help is on the way

With the all-important summer surge of tourists approaching, Maine’s hospitality industry got a boost as the federal government announced it would issue an additional 35,000 temporary visas nationwide for seasonal workers – long a mainstay for Maine’s summer hospitality and tourism industries.

H-2B visas help small businesses fill temporary and seasonal positions when there aren’t enough able and willing American workers for them.

The allocation, announced March 31 by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security, includes 23,500 visas for returning workers, who received an H-2B visa or achieved H-2B status during of the last three years. The remaining 11,500 visas are reserved for nationals of Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The visas are reserved for employers who wish to employ these workers between April 1 and September 30. In a joint statement, the senses. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, applauded the move, but stressed the need to improve the H-2B program to ensure Maine’s small businesses don’t continue to suffer from a lack of workers.

“While these additional visas will help provide relief to many small businesses in Maine, there is still an overwhelming need given the current tight labor market and record unemployment rate,” the senators said in a joint statement. “We need to improve the H-2B program to ensure Maine’s small businesses don’t continue to suffer from a shortage of workers.”

Destination Management

As record numbers of visitors flock to Maine, the State Office of Tourism is developing a Destination Management Plan to determine how to grow tourism in a way that does not compromise residents’ quality of life or the quality of the visitor experience.

The Tourism Board has hired Coraggio Group, a Portland, Oregon-based consultant, to develop the plan that balances tourism growth, while monitoring visitor impact, improving visitor impact at the most visited, addressing the overuse of certain destinations. , by reducing seasonality and adapting to the environmental and social impacts of attendance.

The plan would also address job creation and how tourism supports local farms, fishermen and manufacturers – in addition to hotels, restaurants and attractions. It would identify impact issues in hotspots like Acadia National Park and explore how to encourage visitors to travel outside of peak season and to lesser-known destinations.

The state will conduct an online survey to seek feedback from residents, business owners, visitors, economic development officials and local officials, and host a series of in-person and remote town hall-style sessions throughout throughout April and May in all eight of Maine. tourist regions for feedback.

Ultimately, the Tourist Board will have a visitor management strategy that will provide a framework for measuring the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism, recommend ways to improve the management of the most popular sites, target locations that do not want or need promotion due to current traffic, recommend strategies to expand visits during the shoulder season and identify strategies to adapt to environmental impacts and encourage socially responsible travel.

The final plan will be completed by November 2022.

The new plan comes as visits to Maine rebound from the pandemic. Some 15.6 million visitors in 2021 spent around $7.8 billion. Hotel occupancy, daily rates and revenue per available room (Revpar) have approached pre-pandemic levels. Maine is expected to see an increase in first-time visitors this summer.

island time

The team behind the Chebeague Island Inn, EVO Kitchen + Bar and the redevelopment of the former Portland Co. site has purchased the northern half of House Island in Portland Harbor for $5.35 million.

The 12-acre parcel has 3,980 feet of usable ocean frontage, five beaches, three renovated homes, a barn with caretaker’s quarters, and a 375-foot deep-water commercial-grade jetty.

Courtesy / Legacy Properties Sotheby’s

Home Island in Casco Bay.

The property is already marketed for weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions and other special events.

The deal was brokered by House Island Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of PF Capital Fund, whose managing partners are Casey Prentice and Kevin Costello. Prentice, president of the Prentice Hospitality Group, also owns Fore Points Marina and 58 Culinary in Portland and the Maine Classic Car Museum in Arundel. A restaurant, Twelve, should open this summer in Portland.

House Island is designated as a historic district, which means the Portland Preservation Board must review any improvements before they proceed.

Drive-in alarm clock

Saco’s Aquaboggan Water Park plans to relocate and reopen the water park’s Saco Drive-In this summer, saving the theater and giving it a new home after more than 80 years of operation. The water park announced on its Facebook page that it was working to obtain municipal permits that would allow it to open the Saco Drive-In in Aquaboggan in the near future.

The water park and drive-in are located across from each other on U.S. Route 1. The hope is to get it up and running this summer, said Aquaboggan Water Park General Manager in Mainebiz.

Courtesy / Saco Drive-In

The Saco drive-in

Plans call for the drive-in screen to take over a field that is now used for overflow parking. The screen is planned to face the water park and the car park and there will be space for up to 250 cars.

Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, a truck and trailer dealership in Portland, has acquired the Saco Drive-In property from Biddeford-based Roberge Construction Inc.. Hale Trailer donates the iconic drive-in sign and fountain to the Aquaboggan.

The Saco Drive-in opened in 1939. Other drive-ins in Maine are located in Westbrook, Bridgton, Skowhegan, Farmington, Hermon and Madawaska.

In 2013, the Saco Drive-In as well as drive-ins nationwide were closed with the conversion to digital projection systems. Saco and the surrounding community helped raise money for the drive-in and he also won a national competition for a new digital projection system.

Switch to the fast lane

Sunday River Resort will begin installing an 8-person chairlift billed as the fastest of its kind in North America to be ready for the 2022-23 ski season.

The elevator investment, a Doppelmayr D elevator with heated seats and bubble blankets, is part of Sunday River 2030, a 10-year growth initiative focused on building new infrastructure, operations throughout the year and the achievement of a net zero carbon impact.

Other improvements include the implementation of radio frequency identification technology; snowmaking, real estate development; the renovation of its convention center and new attractions designed to attract visitors in the summer. Sunday River is owned by Michigan-based Boyne Resorts, which also owns Sugarloaf and Shawnee Peak.

To-go cocktails are in the spotlight until 2025

Governor Janet Mills has signed legislation allowing restaurants and bars to offer alcoholic beverages for takeout until at least March 30, 2025.

The legislation, originally authorized by executive order at the start of the pandemic to help bars and restaurants, extends provisions that were previously set to expire this year. Jay Hibbard, vice president of state government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council, said the expansion would bring much-needed stability to local restaurants, bars and distilleries.

So far, 18 states have passed legislation to make take-out cocktails permanent.

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Puebla reports international tourism from Germany, France and the Netherlands https://ipmsguatemala.org/puebla-reports-international-tourism-from-germany-france-and-the-netherlands/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 14:18:54 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/puebla-reports-international-tourism-from-germany-france-and-the-netherlands/ From Germany, Colombia, the United States, France, Guatemala and the Netherlands, it is tourism that arrives in Puebla from abroad, while the national corresponds mainly to visitors from Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Morelos, San Luis Potosí and Veracruz. . According to the report of the State Secretariat for Tourism, the Tourist Information Module, located at […]]]>

From Germany, Colombia, the United States, France, Guatemala and the Netherlands, it is tourism that arrives in Puebla from abroad, while the national corresponds mainly to visitors from Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Morelos, San Luis Potosí and Veracruz. .

According to the report of the State Secretariat for Tourism, the Tourist Information Module, located at 5 Oriente Street No. 3, in the historic center, received a total of 33,266 interested visitors during the first quarter. in the natural and cultural attractions of the state.

Only during the first long weekend of the year, which took place from February 5 to 7, 1,610 people attended the module.

During the break from March 19 to 21, the staff of the Ministry of Tourism received 3,998 tourists from other states and even from abroad.

According to the information recorded, the largest number of international visitors recorded in the module came from Germany, Colombia, the United States, France, Guatemala and the Netherlands.

While national tourism corresponded mainly to residents of Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Morelos, San Luis Potosí and Veracruz.

The attention of tourists has increased in the fourth month of this year, underlined the head of the module, Cristoper Mora Vázquez. In the first eleven days of April, 13,560 people visited the site, which exceeded the figures recorded in February of 3,960 visitors and in March with 9,870.

The Altar of Dolores, which is on display in the offices of the module, appears as one of the seasonal attractions, placed by artisans of Huaquechula, since last April 8 and will remain so until next Sunday the 17th.

Module opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., although on April 16 it will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Thai tourism officials to propose cancellation of Test & Go at next CCSA meeting https://ipmsguatemala.org/thai-tourism-officials-to-propose-cancellation-of-test-go-at-next-ccsa-meeting/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/thai-tourism-officials-to-propose-cancellation-of-test-go-at-next-ccsa-meeting/ At least two terms travelers will be happy to hear more about – Test & Go and Thailand Pass. Tourism officials now plan to present a proposal to cancel Thailand’s Test & Go entry program at the next CCSA meeting. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, together with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, will present […]]]>

At least two terms travelers will be happy to hear more about – Test & Go and Thailand Pass.

Tourism officials now plan to present a proposal to cancel Thailand’s Test & Go entry program at the next CCSA meeting. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, together with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, will present the proposal at the next meeting on April 22.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said last week that if the changes are approved, from May 1 tourists will be able to enter Thailand using only vaccine passports. They would no longer have to wait three to five days for their documents to be approved in the Thailand Pass online registration system. In the proposed plan, on-arrival PCR testing for foreign travelers is expected to be replaced with on-arrival antigen testing at the airport.

“Thailand is ready to welcome foreign visitors again because our public health system is properly equipped.”

It should be noted that these are proposals from the TAT and the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, both of which have an interest in reopening Thailand to as many tourists as possible.

Proposed suggestions to ease restrictions and remove the Thailand Pass have NOT been discussed by the CCSA and must be approved by CCSA members at a meeting, the Thai cabinet, and then approved via the Royal Gazette before the changes do not become law.

The Ministry of Tourism forecasts at least 10 million international arrivals and more than 1 trillion baht in revenue for the remainder of 2022, the latest of its regular random stabs in the sky in the dark. The ministry and the TAT have variously predicted 3, 5, 11 and 15 million visitors for 2022.

Thailand saw a tourist surge in early April, but even if that rate of 9-11,000 travelers arrived every day for the rest of the year, Thailand would still only reach 8% of its tourist traffic before Covid (2019 ).

To meet the ministry and TAT targets for 2022, tourist numbers are expected to increase to an average of 35,000 to 40,000 tourists arriving from overseas daily for the remainder of 2022.

Minister Piphat said the government will take daily cases of infections after Songkran into account when considering further reopening the country to tourists.

THE SOURCE: The star of the day

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If you are fully vaccinated and want to travel to Thailand, you can enter through a Test & Go packages 1 day.

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Mexican Navy to manage tourism in converted island prison https://ipmsguatemala.org/mexican-navy-to-manage-tourism-in-converted-island-prison/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/mexican-navy-to-manage-tourism-in-converted-island-prison/ MEXICO CITY (AP) — A small archipelago off the Pacific coast of Mexico that was home to an island penal colony… MEXICO CITY (AP) — A small archipelago off the Pacific coast of Mexico that was home to an island penal colony is finalizing preparations to receive tourists. Getting to Islas Marias, however, is currently […]]]>

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A small archipelago off the Pacific coast of Mexico that was home to an island penal colony…

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A small archipelago off the Pacific coast of Mexico that was home to an island penal colony is finalizing preparations to receive tourists.

Getting to Islas Marias, however, is currently a challenge for even the heaviest tourist: a 4-hour boat ride through often choppy waters. But the Mexican government plans to make things easier by giving the country’s navy responsibility for tours in the latest new role assigned to the Mexican Armed Forces under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Some, like Beatriz Maldonado, are already imagining the trip. When Maldonado was imprisoned between these “walls of water” – as described by a Mexican writer also confined there – she thought she would never see her mother again.

Maldonado only spent a year of his six-year sentence there for possession of drugs and weapons, but that was the most painful. “I lost my smile, my happiness,” she said. Now 55, a laundress and activist for other imprisoned women, she wants to come back to heal the wounds.

The Islas Marias penal colony was founded in 1905 on Mother María Island, the largest of the four islands and the only inhabited one more than 60 miles off the coast of Nayarit State. Frequently rocked by hurricanes scraping the Mexican coast, the government closed the prison in 2019.

López Obrador had it transformed into an environmental education center, through which some 150 young people passed. Now the government wants to turn it into an ecotourism destination where visitors can watch seabirds and enjoy the beaches and local history.

On Saturday, the Mexican president announced that the navy will be in charge of managing visits, the island’s airport will be expanded and two ferries will be added to make the trip in 2.5 hours.

Visitors will stay in the old houses – of prisoners or workers – which are rebuilt to avoid having to construct new buildings which could damage the nature reserve of the archipelago.

Everything could be ready in three months, said López Obrador. But it’s unclear when the tours will begin because hurricane season begins in June. Many wonder if Islas Marías will become a tourist attraction like Alcatraz, the infamous prison accessible from San Francisco, or a place like the penal colony on Panamanian island Coiba, closed in 2004, which has become a natural paradise reclaimed by the jungle. .

Although the government has been criticized for handing over many functions to the military, from construction work or tree nurseries to controlling Mexico City’s new airport, Maldonado sees nothing wrong with the navy taking over tourism.

“I hope there is no nepotism and that we all have the opportunity to visit,” she said in a message after the announcement.

The island is nothing like the dirt-floored prison dormitories with five bathrooms for 500 women that Maldonado remembers. “We lived in a chicken coop,” she said.

Today, a colorful mural of former South African leader Nelson Mandela, himself held for years in an island prison, welcomes visitors to renovated buildings, a whitewashed church and a museum with the Mexican writer José Revueltas, imprisoned in the 1930s for his work in the Communist Party, as the main character.

“What was a hell becomes a paradise,” said López Obrador.

There was a time when it was considered the “tomb of the Pacific”. Revueltas said the prison was far more terrible than he could describe in his book “Walls of Water”. The worst cannot be described, he says, out of modesty or because we don’t know how to show that it is really true.

Island prison colonies were common around the world to make escapes nearly impossible or to rehabilitate through forced labor. Most were trying to be self-sufficient.

Prisoners on Mother María Island harvested salt and raised shrimp. They tried to make a little money by brewing their own alcohol from fermented fruit, illegally selling exotic birds, or killing boa constrictors to make belts.

Years later, it was known as the “prison without walls” where some prisoners lived with their families in semi-freedom and in relatively good conditions.

That changed when President Felipe Calderon launched the war on drug cartels in 2006 and hundreds of new prisoners were sent there. In 2013, the prison population reached 8,000.

Maldonado served his time in this era. She said women, who were in the minority, were the most abused. Unlike the men, they were not allowed out of the fences even though they had skills and barely received enough food. Maldonado’s weight has dropped to around 45 pounds. “They didn’t pay attention to us when someone got sick,” she says. “My friend’s gallbladder ruptured.”

The extreme isolation was the hardest part, only broken on the 15th of every month when they were allowed a 10 minute phone call with a parent. Some who tried to flee drowned. On occasion, the Navy rescued others who got into improvised craft.

“The boats would come on Thursdays to bring us supplies and letters, and I saw my mother’s tears on the stained pages,” Maldonado said. “The worst part was thinking that I would never see her again.”

Rarely have some parents made visits which then involved 12 hours at sea.

Maldonado’s only colorful memory was of a tube of lipstick, the only personal item she took with her. When he was exhausted, she solemnly buried him because she felt like it had given her life.

A year after Maldonado was transferred to a Mexico City prison, six people died on the island in a riot sparked by a lack of food.

It was closed in 2019 due to high running costs, around $150 per day per inmate, which was much higher than on the mainland. Prison reform had also significantly reduced its prison population.

Devil’s Island in French Guiana, immortalized in the movie “Papillon”, closed in 1946. Alcatraz closed in 1963. Later, others in Chile, Costa Rica and Brazil were closed. The most brutal was Peru’s El Fronton in 1986, when the government used gunboats to quell a riot, killing more than 100 inmates.

Maldonado applauded the closure of Islas Marias and supports the idea of ​​inviting visitors. She said the proceeds should go to rehabilitation programs for inmates.

She has already written to former cellmates to ask if they would like to accompany her to the place she thought she would never see again.

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Why is United Airlines hostile to Guam tourism? https://ipmsguatemala.org/why-is-united-airlines-hostile-to-guam-tourism/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/why-is-united-airlines-hostile-to-guam-tourism/ “I flew on a United Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guam. The plane was nearly empty with maybe 15 passengers on board. I just came back from the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China. was a report on eTurboNews in September 2017. Looking at the reservation load and seat maps on other flights to Guam […]]]>

“I flew on a United Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guam. The plane was nearly empty with maybe 15 passengers on board. I just came back from the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China. was a report on eTurboNews in September 2017.

Looking at the reservation load and seat maps on other flights to Guam on United Airlines, it appears that flights from Japan, China and even Honolulu are flying with very few passengers on board.

According to a 2017 statistic from a British research firm, international arrivals to the United States fell by almost 65% after 2 threats were received by North Korea to send a nuclear bomb to Guam.

The nuclear threat is of course no longer a threat in 2022, but emerging from COVID-19 and the many restrictions still in place in Asia, tourism is slowly improving in the US territory.

What has remained is that United Airlines still has a monopoly on direct flights to Honolulu and beyond without having to detour outside the United States. Flying from Honolulu to Guam, two US island groups that could be sister islands, still costs more than flying to Europe, the Gulf region or Africa.

This pricing structure changes dramatically when traveling from Los Angeles or Honolulu via Guam to Manila or other destinations beyond Guam.

Flying from Honolulu to Manila via Guam is the cheapest option to visit the Philippine capital. United Airlines via Guam will cost less than $1,100, while the nonstop flight on Philippine Airlines charges more than $1,600 for a round trip

If one plans to stop in Guam for a day or two, airfares from HNL to Manila, for example, easily jump from $1,000 to over $3,000.

This makes tourism to Guam impossible by other American travelers and further hurts Guam’s economy.

Here is the problem.

United Airlines holds a US-based carrier monopoly for direct flights between US destinations and the US territory of Guam. No foreign carrier is allowed to compete with United on this route.

Many airlines like Emirates are helping to stop over-tourism in Dubai, and Turkish Airlines is the main contributor to stopping over-tourism in Istanbul. This matters to many carriers who show responsibility to their home base, including Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Thai and many more.

Why is United Airlines so hostile and unsupportive of reviving travel and tourism in Guam? eTurboNews tried to ask this question, but there was no response, as there was no response in 2017.

“I will be traveling from Honolulu to Manila to attend the next WTTC Summit and would have loved to relax a day or two in Guam.”

Unfortunately, that’s impossible and not affordable, said Juergen Steinmetz, publisher of eTurboNews and 3 million 1K Flyer at United Airlines.

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Tourism in Jamaica increases after COVID-19 https://ipmsguatemala.org/tourism-in-jamaica-increases-after-covid-19/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/tourism-in-jamaica-increases-after-covid-19/ Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, painted a picture of Jamaica’s tourism industry as a booming sector with investment and arrivals as it emerges stronger and more resilient to the fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an upbeat sector presentation to Parliament yesterday (April 5), Mr Bartlett said that: “By the end of […]]]>

Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, painted a picture of Jamaica’s tourism industry as a booming sector with investment and arrivals as it emerges stronger and more resilient to the fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an upbeat sector presentation to Parliament yesterday (April 5), Mr Bartlett said that: “By the end of 2023, the number of visitors to Jamaica is expected to reach 4.1 million, with 1.6 million cruise passengers, 2.5 million stopover arrivals, and $4.2 billion in revenue.

He said the stage was set with a number of initiatives that have been put in place, with some already showing positive results. A Tourism Strategy and Action Plan (TSAP) has been developed to help boost destination and product competitiveness, build resilience, and develop and deploy mechanisms to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. The TSAP should be finalized during this exercise.

At the same time, the implementation of the Blue Ocean strategic framework introduced last year, will continue to guide the collection of data on changing visitor preferences, while providing appropriate accommodations and experiences, ensuring appropriate governance arrangements and, above all, by training a first-class workforce to share the world. – bring goods and services to visitors.

With new investments and new targeted markets, the stage is now set for a return to the pre-COVID-19 growth model.

Despite challenges in the industry, Bartlett said the investment climate was booming, with Jamaica experiencing its biggest expansion in hotel and resort development in a single year. “A total of $2 billion will be invested to commission 8,500 rooms over the next five to ten years, creating some 24,000 part-time and full-time jobs and at least 12,000 jobs for construction workers. “, he pointed out.

Currently under construction, the 2,000-room Princess Resort in Hannover, nearly 2,000 rooms in the multifaceted Hard Rock Resort development comprised of three other hotel brands; just under 1,000 rooms are built by Sandals and Beaches in St. Ann.

Additionally, hotel infrastructure will be bolstered by the 1,000-room Viva Wyndham Resort north of Negril, RIU Hotel in Trelawny with approximately 700 rooms, Secrets Resort in Richmond St. Ann, with approximately 700 rooms, and Bahia Principe undertaking expansion. massive by its parent company, Grupo Piñero, outside of Spain.

Minister Bartlett said he was pleased that 90% of planned tourism investment remained on track, citing this as “a huge vote of confidence from our investors in Jamaica Brand.”

He postulated that these developments in the tourism industry “will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the economy and will directly benefit thousands of Jamaicans”, adding that “at least 12,000 construction workers, several construction contractors construction, engineers, project managers and a variety of other specialists will be needed to ensure the timely completion of these projects.In addition, thousands of tourism workers need to be trained in areas such as management, services catering, housekeeping, guided tours and reception.

The focus of development also includes the continued modernization of Negril in accordance with a destination management plan to be finalized this fiscal year. Bartlett said the planned investments in 13 projects will ensure Negril keeps pace with or even surpasses similar destinations in the region. Marquee projects include a town center and beach park, a craft market, a farmer’s market and a fishing village.

On the east end of the island, a first sustainable destination plan is underway for St. Thomas, which will allow visitors and Jamaicans to increasingly enjoy the unique ecosystems and cultural heritage of the parish. The St. Thomas tourism destination development and management plan as a new frontier will see approximately $205 million in public investment and more than double that amount in private investment.

From this fiscal year, the Ministry of Tourism will develop Rocky Point Beach, establish wayfinding stations at Yallahs, rehabilitate the road to the Bath Fountain Hotel, as well as leverage strategic partnerships to develop heritage sites such as Fort Rocky and the Morant Bay monument. while other branches of government undertake major improvements to road and water systems.

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Dr. Natalia Beer honored by the Belize Tourism Board with the Frontline Hero Award https://ipmsguatemala.org/dr-natalia-beer-honored-by-the-belize-tourism-board-with-the-frontline-hero-award/ Sun, 03 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/dr-natalia-beer-honored-by-the-belize-tourism-board-with-the-frontline-hero-award/ Views : 531 Posted: Sunday, April 3, 2022. 4:13 p.m. CST. By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Tourism Board honored Dr. Natalia Beer, Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, with a frontline worker award for playing a vital role in the national response to the COVID-19. “The BTB […]]]>



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By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Tourism Board honored Dr. Natalia Beer, Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, with a frontline worker award for playing a vital role in the national response to the COVID-19.

“The BTB congratulates Dr. Beer on her recognition as our frontline hero and thanks her for her unwavering commitment to service to Belize,” the BTB said.

Tourism and Diaspora Relations Minister Anthony Mahler personally presented the award to Dr Beer last week, thanking her for her service at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BTB also offered Dr. Beer a two-night stay for two at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

By accepting the award, Dr Beer said it motivated her to continue contributing to the national fight against COVID-19.

Notably, Dr. Beer was chosen as Woman of the Year 2021 by Breaking Belize News, in recognition of her invaluable service to Belize and the country battling the pandemic.

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New Latin American Medical Tourism Federation https://ipmsguatemala.org/new-latin-american-medical-tourism-federation/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 09:00:29 +0000 https://ipmsguatemala.org/new-latin-american-medical-tourism-federation/ Professional associations from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Guatemala founded the Latin American Federation of Professional Health Chambers and Associations (Latam-Salud), to promote medical and health tourism, in the hope that other countries in the region will join them. The objective of Latam-Salud is to promote joint initiatives and create a space for […]]]>

Professional associations from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Guatemala founded the Latin American Federation of Professional Health Chambers and Associations (Latam-Salud), to promote medical and health tourism, in the hope that other countries in the region will join them.

The objective of Latam-Salud is to promote joint initiatives and create a space for the exchange of experiences, knowledge and the search for solutions to regional problems facing the health sector in Latin America.

Among the objectives of Latam-Salud are:

  • Provide solutions to problems through the transfer of information between countries.
  • Encourage innovation, quality and safety in health systems.
  • Create collaborative alliances for the development and strengthening of medical tourism in Latin America.

the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Colombia (ANDI) is a non-profit association bringing together 30 sectoral sub-groups. The Sectoral Chamber of Health of Colombia was created in 2000 in Bogota to represent the interests of private health care providers in the country. It is made up of 30 private clinics and hospitals of varying levels of complexity, clinical laboratories, outpatient and home care, diagnostic imaging centers and others.

the Dominican Health Tourism Association (ADTS) is a non-profit organization that promotes the Dominican Republic as a medical tourism destination. It aims to inform, evaluate, support and connect the national and foreign public to health and wellness services in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 2013, it has 12 members – including hospitals, clinics, dental clinics, cosmetic surgery clinics and fertility clinics. It aims to position the Dominican Republic as a leader in health and wellness services in Latin America and the Caribbean.

the Camara Costarricense de la Salud (CCS) is the Costa Rican Chamber of Health. The group has 95 members which include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, clinics, professionals, universities, personal insurance companies, health cooperatives, medical tourism companies, pharmacies, research centers, representatives of the medical industry, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, as well as wellness and retirement. organizations and businesses. It took over the existing PROMED organization in 2017. A non-profit organization for the private healthcare sector in Costa Rica, it aims to ensure that international patients visiting Costa Rica receive consistent, high-quality medical and dental services. quality from its members, and to consolidate and promote Costa Rica as a leader in medical tourism, health care and wellness travel.

the Association of Guatemalan Exporters (AGEXPORT) is a private non-profit organization founded in 1982 with the aim of promoting and developing exports of goods and services in Guatemala. It brings together and represents small, medium and large exporting entrepreneurs in Guatemala, in order to support them with services and public policies that help them position themselves and remain in the global market. Within AGEXPORT’s service sector, there are four sub-sectors, one of which is health and wellness tourism.

In the first half of 2021, Guatemala generated $25 million in revenue from health and wellness services, despite numerous travel restrictions. The sector showed year-over-year growth of 71% compared to the same period in 2020. Health and wellness travelers come from the United States, Canada, southern Mexico and other countries. ‘Central America. The portfolio of health services offered in the country is divided into 40% dentistry, 16% preventive medicine, 10% orthopedics, 8% bariatrics, 7% cardiology, 2% ophthalmology and 6% plastics and aesthetics.

The new LatAm association claims that around the world, around 25 million people travel each year in search of health services, spending on average between 7,000 and 15,000 US dollars per trip (six times more than a conventional tourist), which generates new sources of employment for both companies that offer health services and companies that offer complementary services to the sector (hotels, airlines, travel agencies, tour operators, transport companies, restaurants, shops of crafts, leisure centers and spas).

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