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LATA Members’ Newsletter – January 2021

NEW LATA MEMBERS

 


NEWS FROM LATA FOUNDATION

 

Canning House partner with the LATA Foundation

UK based charity, Canning House, whose mission is to build relationships and understanding between the UK, Latin America, and Iberia, has chosen to partner with the LATA Foundation to donate emergency funds to communities most-in-need in Latin America during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The LATA Foundation, the charitable arm of LATA, support grassroots projects throughout Latin America. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the projects the Foundation supports and many have been forced to change their focus to be able to provide more emergency assistance on the ground to those most in need.

For more information on the partnership with Canning House, please click here, or to donate to the LATA Foundation’s emergency COVID-19 appeal, please click here.


NEWS FROM UK MEMBERS

 

Hurtigruten

Did you miss MS Roald Amundsen on Mighty Cruise Ships TV Show on TV earlier this week? Please click HERE to see our hybrid-powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen sail where few will ever go: Antarctica.

Watch as MS Roald Amundsen embarks on an unforgettable voyage to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. Discovery Channel series Mighty Cruise Ship will feature her impressive green credentials and meet our amazing Expedition Team as they adventure to the end of the earth.

If your clients feel inspired, check out our Antarctica & Falklands Expedition on board MS Roald Amundsen (16 day voyage).


tranquilico

Latin America Transport, Aviation, Marine and High Risk Activity suppliers

Just a reminder that each LATA tour operator member has FREE access to our Global Latin America google drive spreadsheet which features results of the safety assessments completed for all operators we work with.

So far we have given access to Audley, Andean Trails, Explore, JLA, Llama Travel, LATA secretariat, Martin Randall, Pura Aventura, Tribes, Steppes, Sunvil, Select Latin America, Wexas, Wendy Wu. We also have other geographical regions available at an additional cost for any who feature other destinations outside Latin America.

Contact us at safety@tranquilico.com and we will get you set up. One person per operator is allowed


Senderos

Our trade friends can now access Senderos partners’ images , videos and other resources (product info, rates etc.) through Squirrel Fish at https://squirrel-fish.com/. Please contact us or login details.

The owners of Senderos partner Pacuare Lodge and Lapa Rios have acquired Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge, two other pioneering properties that have served as adventure outposts in some of Costa Rica’s most emblematic wilderness destinations for over 30 years.

See Senderos partners’ current promotions at https://senderos.co.uk/en/offers.php.

Contact: info@senderos.co.uk / website www.senderos.co.uk.


REGION-WIDE

 

Vapues Travel

Central America is known the world over for its colorful and diverse birdlife, and enthusiasts flock from far and wide to get a glimpse of the unique species found across the region, including Harpy Eagles, Motmots, Scarlet Macaws and resplendent Quetzals.

Panama and Nicaragua are home to some of the finest birding sites in Latin America, and at Vapues Travel we’ve built a collection of fine nature lodges and curated birdwatching experiences to give your clients the chance to see these beautiful creatures close-up.

Have a look at our suggestions: https://vapues.com/blog/5/bird-watching—panama-&-nicaragua


Pure Central America

This week Nicaragua and Belize joined the list of countries to receive the Travel Safe Stamp in the region, along with Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama; countries that have qualified as safe destinations to travel to under the new normal.

Honduras is also in the process of achieving this award, qualification that will allow the whole region to be recognized and promoted as destinations to be visited post-lockdown.

All countries in Central America are already open for international traveling, and the new standards and protocols are meeting the requirements of the WHO, CDC and WTO.


TERRA Group

It’s all about Safety & Protocols

All Terra Group agencies have been following the protocols from the World Travel & Tourism Council and we are proud to say that our Costa Rica agency, Terra Caribea has been granted the stamp Safe Travels, while all our agencies are in the process of getting it.

We also worked closely with our local partners in Adventure Travel to ensure the protocols outlined by ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) are being followed. Terra Chile also received the national label Confianza Turistica Chile.


Quimbaya Latin America

Let’s start this new year 2021 with a new B2B Agent system!

We relaunched last year our system and included our Guaranteed departures for all our 11 destinations. This year we have uploaded all our Multi-day tours for all our 11 destinations and in 3 languages English, French and Italian.

You can enjoy viewing products, tariffs and make reservations directly. If you don’t have your login yet, don’t hesitate to book your demo now and we will arrange the rest!

Contact us here https://www.quimbaya-tours.com/en/quimbaya-agent/


Condor Travel

Positive Impact Experiences

Because the trail a traveller leaves is just as important as the road that lies ahead, we have created a portfolio of experiences that also aim to contribute to places that have been visited.

A safari to the Bolivian Amazon, a visit to the Sacred Valley in Cusco, an escape to the Galapagos can all become ways of making a positive impact, whilst being memorable experiences.

Ask your account executive for more!


ANTARCTICA

 

Antarctica21

Antarctica21 offers two different promotions for 2021-22 season

The Antarctic Travel Credit promotion offers a “travel credit” (i.e. a price reduction, or discount) of between $500 and $3,000 per person on 12 departures. The offer appeals to the travellers seeking a price incentive, but is subject to certain conditions.

Until the end of April 2021, our Flexible Booking Policy provides a period of time during which your clients can secure the departure and cabin of their choice with a refundable deposit of only $500. The offer will appeal to those who are looking for flexibility during these uncertain times.

More information on www.antarctica21.com


ARGENTINA

 

Argentina Tourism Board – INPROTUR

The train to the clouds reopens its doors

The famous Train in the province of Salta has restarted its emblematic ride that goes through various typical landscapes of the Northern area of Argentina. It is the third highest railway worldwide and reaches 4220 meters above sea level.
 
The train to the Clouds has already got its health protocols and the complete tour offers a tour guide, breakfast, an afternoon snack, transfer service, a travel schedule and medical assistance.
 
The train is waiting for tourists all around the world to enjoy it again.

Estancia Los Potreros

One of the Best 100 Trips for 2021

We were delighted to be featured in The Times (UK) Best 100 Trips for 2021:

“Channel your inner gaucho on a riding safari through Argentina’s vast grasslands, staying at family-owned Estancia Los Potreros, an elegant eight-room ranch in the Sierras Chicas, north west of Córdoba. The itinerary, including cattle-driving, polo and swimming in waterfalls, is pick-and-mix, depending on age and ability – but who would miss playing football with local children and helping heard the foals into the garden in the evenings?”

For more information about Estancia Los Potreros, CLICK HERE.


Furlong Incoming

We are pleased to announce the launch of our first Sustainability Report with the aim of being able to share the journey we have gone through in terms of sustainability in the last two years and our contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We work closely on this commitment with the Furlong Incoming staff, with our suppliers, with our clients, with the destination and the local communities.

You can read our report here: https://www.furlongincoming.com/site/media/files/Reporte_de_Sostenibilidad-2019_2020_ENG.pdf


Argentina Travel Partners ATP DMC

On the Trails of Glaciers – Patagonia Trekking

Your clients have now the chance to traverse the paths that rim the glaciers of the Fitz Roy mountain range and the Cerro Torre. They will get to walk on the Cagliero Glacier to the north, cruise on the Laguna del Desierto (Desert Lagoon) and hike up to the limit between Argentina and Chile.

The camps provide all the facilities for a comfortable stay and are manned by a friendly and professional staff who prepare the meals and take care of everything necessary with a smile and exceptional service.

More information: https://sites.google.com/view/calafate-something-new/home


ALCHEMY DMC Argentina

Here we are, planning a brighter future!

Determination: Our Word for 2021. Resilence: Our word for 2020. In spite of it all, at ALCHEMY DMC Argentina we always focus on the positive, so we want to share some of the things we have accomplished during 2020.

With a lot of patience, time, and never-ending negotiations, we managed to host our privileged guests to enjoy the Solar Eclipse in Patagonia and said goodbye to 2020 in a unique way. We hosted LIVE virtual events to entertain and energize, as well as to share knowledge.

We learned to work remotely and yet remained a tightly-knit team, always active! For more details about ALCHEMY DMC Argentina, CLICK HERE.


BOLIVIA

 

Crillon Tours

During the 2020 worldwide stoppage of Tourism, we learnt that in order to jump stronger into 2021 – and the years to come – we will move along with creativity, security, innovation, empathy and unique programs, leaving an unforgettable memory in our visitors.

Social sustainability in harmony with our own inhabitants and our “Bubble Travel” system will be our strong brand. The solidarity and affection of all our colleagues has inspired us to be always better…

Happy 2021 – we will make this year better by working together!


BRAZIL

 

Havas Creative Tours

We want to generate an unforgettable experience to your clients by providing an immersion in nature, venturing into what is most exuberant in our forests and rivers: natural whirlpools in the most preserved secret waterfalls in Foz do Iguaçu.

Trekking is easy or moderate, there are 4 trails throughout the day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon – order of the trails chosen according to the group and the weather. 

For more information, please visit our website.


Walpax Brazil Travel Partners

Submarine Flight in Rio de Janeiro

A distinguished boat trip along Rio’s coast and its islands: Tijucas and Cagarras Archipelagos. Departing from Barra da Tijuca, passing by the hidden beach of Joatinga and the beautiful beach of São Conrado.

Your clients will be amazed by the breathtaking view from the sea of the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. All of this on an incredible “Submarine Flight” for a sensational gliding under and over the water.

For more details, do not hesitate to get in touch at incoming@walpax.com.br


CHILE

 

Chile Travel

In order to make the entrance of foreign tourists to the country and the reactivation of tourism responsible and safe, this past Tuesday the launching of the landing “Travel to Chile Plan” was made official.

Daily updated, please check: https://chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan

As of December 31st, those who enter Chile, whether Chileans, resident foreigners or visiting foreigners, must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.


Chile Travel

Chile ‘Day & Night’ digital campaign in alliance with Swarovski Optik.

Between January 11 and March 7, 2021, Chile will develop a digital campaign with Swarovski Optik along with the British tour operator Hayes&Jarvis to reach wealthy audiences in the UK such as the Millennial C-suite, traveling couples, and families looking for high-end multi-generational activities.

The target audience will also be part of a contest to win a pair of Swarovski Optik CL binoculars.

Photo: http://tradenews.chile.travel


travelArt Chile

NEW TOUR „Heartbeat of Chile“ – Discover the country’s soul

For a varied travel with breathtaking landscapes the contrasting country of Chile is the first choice.

travelArt’s new tour “Heartbeat of Chile” will take your clients to breathtaking highlights. They will experience the clearest starry sky of the world on an astronomical tour, watch cute penguins, observe an imposing condor in the sky and follow the tracks of the pumas in Patagonia.

This trip will take them from the north to the south of the country and a visit to one of Chile’s outstanding wineries is also not to be missed.

info@travelart.com | www.travelart.com


andBeyond

andBeyond’s Vira Vira Lodge is thrilled to be welcoming visitors for 2021 after reopening in December. Guests can fly direct to their adventure with British Airways from London to Santiago, followed by a short flight to Tenuco with LATAM, Sky Airlines and Jetsmart.

Those travelling to and from Vira Vira Lodge can enjoy the seamless travel experience with just one check in for each journey.

For more information about andBeyond Vira Vira, CLICK HERE.


EcoCamp Patagonia

On December 30th, 2020, EcoCamp reopened its doors to a small group of travellers. This is the first time the hotel has been able to open since last March.

Thanks to our dedicated team and detailed safety protocols, we were able to provide a safe and unforgettable experience for our new travellers.

To learn more about EcoCamp Patagonia, CLICK HERE.


COLOMBIA

 

Colombian Journeys

Colombia was awarded as the best Country Brand of Latin America in 2020 in the Country Brand Awards, being the only Latinamerican country winner in this category.

These awards evaluate in an independent manner three main components in the construction of the country brand: the capacity to generate economic brand attracting foreign inversions, talent and the increase of exportations; the capacity of constructing touristic brand and a new axis that responds the handling of the Covid 19 crisis.

This new recognition makes us very proud and motivates institutions to continue working in promotion, reactivation, growth and competitivity.


COSTA RICA

 

Travel Excellence

New year, new routes to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is keeping its air borders open for tourists, and KLM has resumed its flights on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Amsterdam to Liberia (LIR) via San Jose, added up to the weekly direct flight to San Jose on Thursdays.

Additionally, the direct flights with British Airways from London to San Jose are available again starting from 23rd March.

Contact us for more information: mercadeo@te.cr


ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS

 

Napo Wildlife Center

The Napo Wildlife Center is back!

Thanks to the commitment of the Kichwa Añangu Community, we can now announce the reopening of our touristic projects.

We have developed a Biosafety and Sanitary Measures Protocol, which follows the guidelines of WTTC. Local control bodies have made possible the reopening of the Yasuní National Park, after we have demonstrated our organizational and safety capacity for our visitors and our Community.

For more information, please visit our website.


Tropic Ecuador

Travellers who are ready for adventure in Ecuador can take advantage of Tropic Ecuador’s current special promotions!

From luxury lodges in the cloud forest and the Amazon rainforest to some of the Galapagos’ best ships, we have negotiated incredible pricing for your guests.

Contact us for details on how your clients can experience Ecuador through Tropic’s authentic, award-winning DMC services. Hurry – these promotions are for a limited time only!


Montemar Eco Luxury Villas

Your home away from home in Galapagos

Treat your clients to a ‘home-away-from-home’ experience at Montemar in Galapagos. Our ultra-small capacity of two private villas accommodating max 12 guests, enables us to provide the exclusivity that’s so sought after nowadays.

Montemar is ideal for travellers who want to travel responsibly to Galapagos, connecting with nature and the local community – ask us about our community-based experiences at ventas@montemar.ec or check out website www.montemar.ec.


Anakonda Amazon Cruises

Anakonda Amazon Cruises’ reopening expedition

Anakonda Amazon Cruises is pleased to announce that on November 27 we resumed our operations with our first excursion on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer. With a great deal of joy, we cruised along the Napo River and enjoyed the enchanting scenery unique to this natural setting.

We share our Cruise Travel Log with you, so that you can appreciate the extraordinary experiences that we lived during our reopening cruise: https://anakondaamazoncruises.com/feel-the-amazon-feel-free/


EQ TOURING

Luxury Private house in Quito

We are proud to offer to our clients a private luxury house in Quito which offers exclusivity in a very safe environment as safety for our guests is our main priority. The house can accommodate families up to 14 guests. Our main goal is to be able to offer exclusive place and exclusive tours for small groups of travelers in a COVID safe bubble.

For more information follow this link http://eqtouring.com/pages/casa-del-poeta.html


GUATEMALA

 

Maya Trails

New Experiences in Guatemala

Maya Trails In Guatemala we have been exploring new and innovative/different ideas for our future guests.

The Pacaya Pizza Experience is a new culinary adventure option combining hiking on an active volcano with a pizza dinner (or lunch) and volcano-roasted marshmallow smores for dessert!

See our photos below and ask us to include this amazingly unique – and delicious – experience for your guests! Or just email us at info@mayatrails.com.gt


GUYANA

 

Wilderness Explorers

Wilderness Explorers are delighted to announce that on the 8th January 2021 we were approved as safe to reopen for travel, having implemented all the necessary Covid-19 Guidelines and Protocols recommended by the Guyana Tourism Authority.

Lodges in the interior that have also been approved for a safe reopening include Atta Rainforest Lodge, Rock View, Waikin Ranch, Karanambu Lodge, Rewa Eco-Lodge and Iwokrama River Lodge.

Please contact claire@wilderness-explorers.com for more updates on what is happening in our region including new culinary tours and travel bubble itineraries with the ultimate social distancing in our pristine wilderness.


NICARAGUA

 

Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR)

Nicaragua has been awarded the WTTC Safe Travels stamp for effective travel biosecurity, as the country continues to have the least Covid-19 cases and deaths in Central America, whilst remaining open to visitors.

Further, INTUR has announced its plan for continued tourism recovery in 2021, including Central American and domestic travellers and reactivation of long-haul travel, with priorities including: strengthening human capital, ethical tourism, regional planning, communications, and public-private co-operation.


PANAMA

 

Panama Journeys

Discover Iguana Island

This island, located on the Pacific coast of the Azuero Peninsula, is the habitat of a vast colony of man-of-war birds, pelicans, woodcocks, very colorful crabs and green iguanas.

This is a real paradise for sea lovers, with white-sand beaches, crystalline waters and 16 hectares of barrier reef protecting 17 species of corals and more than 350 species of tropical fish. Also, between April and September, 5 species of sea turtles arrive to the beachside to lay their eggs.

For more information, contact us to marketing@panamajourneys.com


PERU

 

Aqua Expeditions

Exclusive Chef Hosted Departures on the Peruvian Amazon

Your clients have now the chance to join these one-of-a-kind hosted voyages with conservationist, researcher, and beloved Peruvian and international culinary personality, our award-winning Consulting Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

He has created an inventive Amazonia-inspired menu with a rainforest-to-table philosophy that transforms uncommon ingredients into captivating dishes. The highlight of these specially-hosted journeys is the unique opportunity to discover the inspiration that drives our master chef, alongside a further exploration into the culinary culture through market visits, tastings, and cooking classes.

For more information visit our website: https://www.aquaexpeditions.com/upcoming-cruises/chef-hosted-cruises-pedro-miguel-schiaffino/


LimaTours

Take a look at our 2021 Adventure Programmes

Thinking about the “new normal” that we face today, we present our adventure programmes. The ten itineraries combine walks through the most spectacular routes in Peru with outdoor experiences for an unforgettable trip – like seeing penguins sailing along the Paracas coast, flying through the Cusco sky in zipline or sharing unique moments with local communities.

All our programmes follow strict biosafety measures.

Take a look at them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VF_jo6wi8JQFUNFhbztcS8UKgjRq8UYe/view?usp=sharing


Amazonas Explorer

With the news of the vaccine, it made us consider what travel will look like post-Covid-19. When we review the past 9 months and what brought us here, we are hoping things don’t go back to normal, we think we can all do better.

Our industry is at a precipice and it’s up to each one of us to help move it to the future, for the more thoughtful and regenerative consumer.

We’ve written down our “Call to Action”, in hopes that industry leaders will continue to step up and help us revolutionize tourism in the 21st century.

Become a member today

Join the world’s biggest Latin American Travel Trade Association and engage with the ever growing LATA Community.

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