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Luxury Cruises into CartagenaPort of Cartagena, Attracting Luxury Boats

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The Paul Gauguin cruise line included Cartagena in the route of the luxury ship Tere Moana, confirming the importance the walled city is gaining as an international tourist destination.

On Sunday, a total of five vessels from distinguished companies visited the city; the foray into the cruise market has become one of the main achievements of the Port of Cartagena, which seeks to capture the attention of renowned international lines .

The city government interprets this move as very important, entrenching Cartagena as major tourist destination in the Caribbean will boost the national tourism sector, with the corresponding benefits to the transportation, trade and gastronomy sectors.

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The Tere Moana, left the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean, then from Cartagena will cross the Panama Canal and sail to the island of Coiba, Panama, and then to Marenco, in Costa Rica, and Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica.

Paul Gauguin Cruises is a specialized line of cruises to exotic destinations with warm weather and delivers services to customers that even the larger ships can not offer.  In fact, the maximum capacity of the Tere Moana, which was recently renovated, is only 90 people.

The other four boats that arrived over the weekend to Cartagena were: Seven Seas Mariner, a ship with 700 people with luxury features and marble European style tubs, gyms and jogging track, Coral Princess, Island Princess and The World, known for feeling like home with gyms and personal trainers, tennis courts, golf courses and luxury jewelers who travel the world, as they own several passenger cabins.

The Port of Cartagena expects 192 cruises in the 2013 season, not counting the first landfalls of the following ships: Wind Star, Disney Wonder, MS Columbus 2, Artania and Tere Moana.

New Megaport in Cartagena will be a Duty Free ZonePort of Cartagena Sets Records & Gets $45,000,000 Investment

From Colombian news sources (see references below)

Record Year for Container Movement

Containers in Cartagena

The Port of Cartagena reached a record of 2,018,389 containers moved at the end of 2012, positioning the port as the first in the country to achieve such progress.

The forecast for 2012 predicted  two million containers compared to 1,672,041 recorded at the end of 2011. This figure places Cartagena in the select group of the most important ports in the world and shows, once again, the country’s dedication to  international trade.

The expansion of the Panama Canal, expected to be ready in the first half of 2015, will allow 8.4 million containers to pass through each year, compared to 6.5 million presently.  The Port of Cartagena is one of the beneficiaries, and will be useful in  consolidating its position as the primary global hub for the Caribbean.

$45M investment

Area being prepared for new logistics center

The Chilean firm “Compas” announced a $45 million (USD) investment into the port of Cartagena for a new Logistics Center.

The partners in this project purchased a lot of 41 acres, on the new road that goes towards Barú, which will be used to develop a comprehensive logistics center.  Among other services, it will feature warehouses and a distribution depot,  areas for consolidating and deconsolidation; a yard for full and empty containers, storage area for wheeled vehicles and general cargo as well as extensive areas for installation of new industries related to foreign trade.

Capabilities of the Port of Cartagena and the 70 miles of Canal

one of the cargo cranes in Cartagena

The Port of Cartagena currently has the infrastructure and efficiency to meet up to 5,500 TEUs.  The port is a true logistics center linking the Caribbean to the world, through connections with more than 432 ports in 114 countries.

The 115 kilometers of the navigable Canal Dique, offers enormous potential to mobilize goods in cargo ships.  Furthermore, the possibility of higher amounts freight discount means that logistics costs are between 30% and 38% lower than terrestrial transport.

Those that use this waterway now have satellite navigation assistance, ensuring mobility 24 hours a day.  Therefore, cargo transport through the Canal is feasible, safe and profitable, with positive economic, social and environmental effects.

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http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/economica/inversion-chilena-en-puerto-de-cartagena-105783

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/local/puerto-de-cartagena-alcanzo-cifra-record-en-2012-104465

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/actualidad/puerto-de-cartagena-en-la-ruta-de-barcos-de-lujo-104959

http://www.cccartagena.org.co/boletin.php?b=177

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/economica/inversion-chilena-en-puerto-de-cartagena-105783

http://albatros.puertocartagena.com/opadmco.nsf/vstRefLinkDoc/58319A1A99908EAB052573B5004AD389

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A New Beachfront Retreat is Rising on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast

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Grupo Mariana owns clear title to 1.5 kilometers of beach frontage on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, 89 kilometers northwest of the capital city of Managua. The property is 17 acres situated on a peninsula that spans 11 kilometres in length and is bordered by the town of Salinas Grandes to the North and Puerto Sandino to the South.

Isla Mariana is now a community with one unique neighborhood while the master plan has been completely revised and now features a recreational 25-slip marina, true beachfront home sites and a 16-room boutique hotel under the Laya Boutique Hotel brand.

Laya Boutique Hotel and Bungalows is a new component under the Grupo Mariana umbrella, and is a completely unique hospitality offering within the country of Nicaragua. A relaxed, eco-conscious hideaway for those looking for a private beachfront experience, Laya will offer boutique hotel suites and beachfront bungalows stretched along the Pacific Ocean. Laya, which means “liquid” in Nicaragua’s native Miskito language, offers travelers and couples a private destination and experience.

We believe that Isla Mariana is truly positioned to become an “eco resort” that respects the environment and offers an uncompromising, relaxed lifestyle. It’s an off-the-beaten path just 30 minutes from the colonial city of Leon, Juan Venado Nature Reserve as well as the unique Salinas Grandes area where salts are pulled directly from the sea surrounds it. Because of this, Isla Mariana is dedicated to preserving and promoting Nicaragua’s natural resources and efforts are being made to classify the nearby salt fields as an eco-preserve. In essence, Isla Mariana is a wonderfully exceptional and beautiful place.

Museo en CartagenaThe World’s Economy in 2050; Europe & USA dwarfed by Today’s Emerging Economies

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The World in 2050; Quantifying the Shift in the Global Economy a study commissioned by HSBC Bank
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With the rapid growth of the emerging markets, the global economy is experiencing a seismic shift…. By 2050, the collective size of the economies we currently deem ‘emerging’ will have increased five-fold and will be larger than the developed world.

19 of the 30 largest economies will be from the emerging world.

At the same time, there will be a marked decline in the economic might – and potentially the political clout – of many small population, ageing, rich economies in Europe

In HSBC’s The world in 2050, a perspective on the economic outlook in 2050, Colombia is seen playing a decisive role in the global economy and predicted to become the number 26 economy in the world, as measured by GDP (up from position 33 or 34 now depending on the research). It is also part of CIVETS, a group of emerging markets seen as “the next BRICs.”

GDP growth over the last 10 years averaged to about 5%, similar to that of Brazil, but less than neighboring Panama, which was growing a little faster. Interestingly, the Colombian economy did not contract in the disaster years of 2008 and 2009, posting a modest growth of 1.45% in 2009, showing pretty good economical resiliency. Last time its economy shrank was back in 1999.

The country is rich in natural resources, with the main industries being petroleum, coal, coffee and other agricultural produce, and gold. Colombia is also known as the world’s leading source of emeralds, and over 70% of cut flowers imported by the United States originate from Colombia.

The oil sector has been a huge success in Colombia, with production ramping up rapidly in the last several years. It went from 525,000 barrels per day in 2005, to almost a million in 2011. Yearly rate of increase is comparable with that of Brazil, which has been in the news much more extensively than Colombia, who is the fourth largest oil producer in South America. Production in Brazil per year is still much higher, with about 2.7 million barrels per day (2010).

The official currency in Colombia is the Peso, and it has been rising substantially over the last few years due to increasing investment inflows from outside the country

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From HSBC:

With the rapid growth of the emerging markets, the global economy is experiencing a seismic shift. But why is this change occurring? Will it continue? And how will the world look if it does? The answers to these questions are important for investors’ decisions today.
In this piece, we provide a framework for thinking about these issues. Based on our analysis of the Top 30 economies ranked by size of GDP in 2050, our conclusions are as follows:

 

  • World output will treble, as growth accelerates on the back of the emerging economies. On average, annual world growth is projected to be accelerate towards 3% compared with growth of just over 2% in the 2000s (Chart 1). Emerging-world growth will contribute twice as much as the developed world to global growth over this period.
  • By 2050, the emerging world will have increased five-fold and will be larger than the developed world (Chart 2).
  • 19 of the top 30 economies by GDP will be countries that we currently describe as ‘emerging’ (Table 3).
  • China and India will be the largest and third-largest economies in the world, respectively.
  • Substantial progress up the global league table will be made by a host of other emerging economies – most notably, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia and Venezuela.
  • These projections combine prospects for per capita GDP and the demographic outlook. Income per capita should grow in all the countries that we consider. But demographic patterns vary significantly across the world and have a major influence on growth prospects.
  • The US and UK, with better demographic outlooks, are relatively successful at maintaining their positions.
  • But the small-population, ageing, rich economies in Europe are the big losers.  Switzerland and the  Netherlands slip down the grid significantly, and Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Norway and Denmark drop out of our Top 30 altogether.
  • This may have implications for the ability of these economies to influence the global policy agenda.  Already Europe has been forced to concede two seats on the IMF’s executive board in order to make way for some emerging economies. This adds a whole new dimension to the current Eurozone crisis, and provides a significant incentive to euro-area countries to work through their current difficulties and remain a union.
  • Demographic change is even more dramatic outside of Europe. The working population will rise by 73% in Saudi Arabia and fall by 37% in Japan. That is reflected in these countries’ differing fortunes in our top 30 table (Chart 4).
  • By 2050, the seismic shift in the global economy will have only just begun. Despite a seven-fold increase (Chart 5), income per capita in China will still be only 32% of that in the US and scope for further growth will be substantial. This ‘base effect’ must be considered when comparing current growth in the emerging world with that of the developed world.
  • Energy availability need not hinder this path of global development so long as there is major investment in efficiency and low-carbon alternatives. Meeting food demand may prove more of a challenge, but improvements in yield and diet could fill the gap. In the final section, we discuss our preliminary thoughts on this topic.

Latin American airlines will require over 2,100 new aircraft …

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Nov 16, 2012

According to the recently released Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin American airlines will require 2,120 new aircraft between today and 2031, including 1,660 single-aisle, 420 twin-aisle and 40 very large aircraft estimated at $242 billion. Globally, by 2031 some 28,200 new aircraft valued at $4 trillion will be required to satisfy future robust market demand.

 

With GDP currently growing above the world average, socio-economic indicators predict Latin America’s middle class will double between 2012 and 2031. Additionally, Latin America has become the second most urbanised region worldwide after North America, and by 2031, 10 out of the 92 mega-cities with more than 10,000 daily long-haul passengers will be in the region.

As a result of this region’s dynamic economic growth, Latin America’s air traffic will rise 5.3 percent per year over the next 20 years, well above the world average of 4.7 percent. Benefiting from this, the region’s airlines will grow their own traffic by almost 6 percent per year, the second highest growth globally, only exceeded by those airlines based in the Middle East. Additionally, Latin American airlines’ market share on long-haul routes increased by 8 percent between 2005 and 2011, to reach 21 percent today, showing that they have significant development potential for intercontinental networks.

source:  Airbus Global Market Forecast Airbus: Latin American airlines will require over 2,100 new aircraft ….

Crisis europea: oportunidad para Centroamérica

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Prepara UE ofensiva empresarial en AL y Caribe

La Unión Europea (UE) tratará de expandir la presencia de sus empresas en América Latina y el Caribe durante una cumbre que celebrará con los países de esas regiones en Santiago (Chile), los días 26 y 27 de este mes
Notimex – La cita anual tiene por objetivo pasar revista a los últimos acontecimientos políticos y económicos en ambos lados del Atlántico y discutir cómo proseguir en la cooperación bilateral.

Pero, en paralelo, una delegación de representantes de 40 compañías y asociaciones industriales de diez países europeos buscará abrir camino en los mercados latinoamericanos, con el auspicio del comisario europeo de Industria, Antonio Tajani.

“El viaje hace parte de una serie de misiones para ayudar al crecimiento de las empresas europeas, en particular las pequeñas y medianas (Pyme), a sacar mejor provecho de los mercados internacionales que están en rápido crecimiento”, explicó la Comisión Europea.

Tajani tratará de promover la creación de redes de negocios con los países de América Latina y el Caribe para impulsar la internacionalización de las empresas europeas.

La idea es sacar partido del “fuerte desempeño económico” que la región ha experimentado en los últimos tres años, cuando el producto interior bruto (PIB) de sus países creció un 4.5 por ciento de media.

Además, el alto funcionario se reunirá con diferentes ministros chilenos para profundizar la implementación de acuerdos políticos firmados en junio de 2011 en los ámbitos del desarrollo de las Pyme, de cooperación industrial, de turismo y de política espacial.

El comisario de Comercio, Karel De Gucht, también participará de la ofensiva europea, presionando a Colombia, Perú y los países de Centroamérica a obrar para la pronta entrada en vigor de los acuerdos comerciales que firmaron con la UE el pasado año.

En paralelo, los presidentes del Consejo y de la Comisión Europea, Herman Van Rompuy y José Manuel Durao Barroso, exigirán a sus homólogos latinoamericanos más garantías a las inversiones europeas, para poner fin al clima de desconfianza generado con las expropiaciones realizadas el pasado año por Bolivia y Argentia.

Ofrecer seguridad legal a los inversores es esencial para promover inversiones de alta calidad, con responsabilidad social, señaló Bruselas.

Pedirán, igualmente, que preserven la apertura comercial y eviten tomar medidas proteccionistas en sus países, argumentando que ello es esencial para asegurar un crecimiento y desarrollo continuado.

European Crisis is Opportunity for Caribbean & Latin America

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The European Union (EU) will seek to expand their business presence in Latin America and the Caribbean during a summit meeting with the countries of these regions in Santiago (Chile), 26 and 27 this month

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AP – The annual event aims to review recent economic and political developments on both sides of the Atlantic and discuss how to further bilateral cooperation.

But, in parallel, a delegation of representatives from 40 companies and industry associations in ten European countries seek to break new ground in Latin American markets, with support from the European Commissioner for Industry, Antonio Tajani.

“The trip is part of a series of missions to help the growth of European companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to take better advantage of international markets that are growing rapidly,” said the European Commission.

Tajani seeks to promote business networking with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to promote the internationalization of European firms.

The idea is to take advantage of “strong economic performance” that the region has experienced in the last three years, when the gross domestic product (GDP) of countries grew by 4.5 percent on average.

In addition, the senior official will meet with various Chilean ministers to deepen the implementation of political agreements signed in June 2011 in the areas of SME development, industrial cooperation, tourism and space policy.

Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, will also participate in the European offensive, pressuring Colombia, Peru and Central America to work for early entry into the trade agreements signed with the EU last year.

The Presidents of the Council and the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso, will require their American counterparts more European investment guarantees, to end the climate of mistrust generated with the expropriations carried out last year by Bolivia and Argentina.

Providing legal certainty to investors is essential to promote high quality investments with social responsibility, said Brussels.

They will also urge that openness be preserved and protectionist measures be avoided in their countries, arguing that it is essential to ensure continued growth and development.

Living large in Costa Rica – CNN.com

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Enjoy the view over the Papagayo Peninsula from your private pool at the Four Seasons.

(CNN) — Not so long ago, Costa Rica was a backpacker’s game.

Other than a few business-class hotels in the capital of San José and a handful of isolated luxury properties scattered about the scenic hinterlands, travelers could expect little in the way of genuine comfort while exploring one of the most beautiful and eco-conscious countries on the planet.

Over the past decade, however, Costa Rica’s fastest-growing crop has been a collection of opulent hotels and resort communities, complemented by marinas, golf courses, gourmet restaurants, hot springs and other world-class facilities.

The tag attached to most deluxe properties is usually something like “ecolodge” or “ecoresort,” which may conjure visions of dreadlocks, granola and recycled hemp-fiber sheets.

Don’t be fooled.

Yes, most of the country’s destinations are green; Costa Rica’s Sustainable Tourism Program rewards environmentally friendly properties with one to five “leaves” and copious free publicity.

But Costa Rica’s new upscale properties are as elegant and comfortable as any in Latin America.

Here are the best regions and stays for putting a little service and Chardonnay into your sand and scenery.

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 Living large in Costa Rica – CNN.com.

Colombia Promoting Nautical Tourism to Create 15,000 Jobs

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The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia has set among its priorities to contribute to the creation of 15,000 new jobs in the Colombian Caribbean coast, by promoting nautical tourism; (population of the entire country is roughly 20,000,000)

In order to achieve this goal, the ministry launched the Guía Náutica Turística de Colombia (Colombian Nautical Tourism Guide), the pages collect navigational charts for nautical activities for both sailboats and motor vessels, as well as complete information of services and sites tourists can visit in each of the docking ports, according to the Colombian press.

With the Guide the ministry seeks to promote the country as a destination for all types of vessels, taking advantage of 2.900 kilometers (4,700 miles) of coastline: 1.600 kilometers (2,600 miles) in the Caribbean Sea and 1.300 kilometers (2,100 miles) in the Pacific Ocean, which is Colombia.

The second step will be the creation of marinas and the regulation of the sale of services on them, another project which the Government intends to promote.

The participants to the publication are Tourism Promotion Fund, the Tourism Corporation of Cartagena de Indias, and the Maritime Directorate; 4,200 million pesos ($2.4 million USD) was invested. For the initial distribution 8,000 copies were printed; 6,000 in English and 2,000 in Spanish.

 

Colombia impulsa turismo náutico para crear 15 mil nuevos empleos

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El Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo de Colombia se ha propuesto dentro de sus prioridades contribuir a la creación de 15 mil nuevos empleos en el litoral Caribe colombiano, mediante el impulso al turismo náutico.

Con el objetivo de alcanzar esta meta, la entidad lanzó la Guía Náutica Turística de Colombia, ya que sus páginas recogen las cartas de navegación para el ejercicio de la actividad de veleros y yates, así como una completa información de los servicios, y los sitios turísticos a visitar en cada uno de los puertos de atraque, según la prensa colombiana.

Con la guía se busca promover al país como un destino para embarcaciones y veleros, aprovechando los 2.900 kilómetros de costa: 1.600 kilómetros en el Mar Caribe y 1.300 kilómetros en el Océano Pacífico, que tiene Colombia.

El segundo paso será la creación de marinas, así como la reglamentación de la venta de servicios en las mismas, proyecto que el Gobierno pretende impulsar.

En la publicación en la que participaron el Fondo de Promoción Turística, la Corporación de Turismo Cartagena de Indias, y la Dirección Marítima, se invirtieron $4.200 millones. Para su difusión fueron impresos 8.000 ejemplares; 6000 en ingles y 2.000 en español.

NBC Sportfishing Highlights Nicaragua in January

TREASURES OF RIO SAN JUAN, NICARAGUA

Air Date: 1/20/13

Guest host John Frazier takes a trip into the wilds of central Nicaragua in search of the giant tarpon that live in the Rio San Juan, which flows southeast out of Lake Nicaragua toward the Caribbean Sea. Tag along with Frazier as he and guide Allan Tisseaux hunt these monster fish in a beautiful and untamed part of the world.

 

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John Brownlee and the SFTV crew travel south to the famed Osa Peninsula, to fish the Pacific Ocean out of the famous Crocodile Bay Resort in Puerto Jimenez

 

 

The Results are in for the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala

Team OBX Repeats as PCCA Guatemala Winners!

Billfishing is always unpredictable. No one can say with any certainty whether the fish will bite or not during a given period and despite the best intentions, even the world’s finest destinations can turn cold. But the anglers of the 2012 Presidential Challenge of Guatemala managed to persevere despite the tough fishing conditions. Maybe it was the extra cocktail or two after dinner, or a good laugh shared with a new friend, but at least the fun was plentiful during the week. 

And when the fishing is this challenging it’s important to make every shot count. That was the key to victory in this year’s event for Team OBX, fishing with Capt. Chris Sheeder on the Rum Line. The team of Dell  Dembosky,

Team OBX, winners of the PCCA Guatemala tournament.

  Mike Viveiros and Craig Johnson missed just two sailfish bites during their three days of tournament fishing, emerging victorious for the second year in a row in this tournament with 1,200 points and 12 sailfish releases.  
In second place, the Day One leaders on the Release with Capt. Chico Alvarenga, Team Priority: Hans Kaspersetz, Jim McCord, Ed Arnold and Herbert Merryweather. They scored a nice marlin release on Day Two and picked away at the sails, finishing with 1,000 points from seven sailfish releases and a marlin kicker. Gary Carter, Tim Mossberg and John Richardson rounded out the top three, fishing with Capt. Brad Phillips on the Decisive. They finished the tournament with 1,000 points and ten sailfish releases. Carter was the top daily angler on Day Three.

 

Dell Dembosky, Top Angler.

 In the angler standings, Dembosky had the hot hand almost from the start, vaulting himself into Top Angler status with 800 points. He was followed by Hans Kaspersetz from Team Priority with 600 points. Kaspersetz was aided by his blue marlin release on Day Two, the team’s only points for that day. In third was Dana Thomas, representing Team Pelese and fishing on the Makaira with Capt. Jason Brice, with 400 points. Thomas released a blue marlin and a sailfish to emerge as the top daily angler on the second day of fishing as well.

The PCCA Guatemala tournament also wrapped up the season-long points race for the Costa Grand Champion Team and Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler awards. Winning the Costa Grand Champion Team was the Sea Angel, owned by Greg Angel. His team fished the PCCA Costa Rica and Papagayo Cup tournaments and tallied an impressive 3,500 points (teams must fish at least two Series tournaments in order to qualify). In second place was the Marc Stanley’s Pelese, with 3,300 points, followed by Team Priority in third with 2,400 points. In the Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler standings, Marc Stanley was first place with 2,200 points and Austin Angel second with 1,900 points. Rounding out the top three was Hans Kaspersetz with 1,350 points..

 

The Presidential Challenge Conservation Series is an internationally-recognized tournament series with events in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Aruba. In 2012 alone the series raised in excess of $25,000 for The Billfish Foundation’s conservation initiatives and projects in Central America and throughout the world. For more information on next year’s tournaments please visit www.preschallenge.com.

 

Final Standings
First Place Team: OBX, 1,200 points
Second Place Team: Priority, 1,000 points

Third Place Team: Decisive, 1,000 points

First Place Angler: Dell Dembosky, 800 points
Second Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 600 points

Third Place Angler: Dana Thomas, 400 points

First Place Boat: Rum Line, 1,200 points
Second Place Boat: Release, 1,000 points

Third Place Boat: Decisive, 1,000 points

PCCA Grand Champion Standings
Costa Grand Champion Team: Sea Angel, 3,500 points
Costa Second Place Team: Pelese, 3,300 points
Costa Third Place Team: Priority, 2,400 points

  Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler: Marc Stanley, 2,200 points

Eagle Claw Second Place Angler: Austin Angel, 1,900 points

Eagle Claw Third Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 1,350 points

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Hyatt Hotel Inaugurated in East San Jose

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Integrated into the Momentum shopping center, the 120-room hotel’s main clients will be executives visiting the growing number of companies with offices in the area.

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Nacion.com reports that “The managers have said they also aim to attract tourists who want to get to know the eastern part of the greater metropolitan area, where there are volcanoes and mountains.”

Investment in the Hyatt Place San Jose Pinares amounted to $20 million for the 7350 m² construction area and 1524 m² of parking spaces.

The hotel is integrated into the Momentum Pinares mall where there are cinemas, a theater, a wide variety of restaurants and in the near future a tower containing over 60 medical specialists.

“The rooms have a work area, couches and a TV with all the necessary connections. A basic room costs $105 in November and December, pre-opening, and then will cost between $130 and $150, depending on the date, with breakfast included.”

Source: Nacion.com

 

 

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Another 50 million Consumers in Latin America

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From CentralAmericanData and the World Bank

Another 50 million Consumers in Latin America – CentralAmericaData :: The Regional Business Portal.

Another 50 million Consumers in Latin America

In just six years the number of people in Latin America with middle class purchasing power increased from 103 to 152 million.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beyond showing the extraordinary achievement that it means to have taken 50 million out of poverty, the report “Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class”, by the World Bank, points clearly to one of the fundamental reasons for global investor interest in the countries of the region: it has 50 million more consumers.

The report defines people the middle class as those people with incomes of between $10 and $50 per day. This income level offers greater resistance to unexpected events and reflects a lower chance of falling back into poverty.

The report found that some of the key factors that promote upward mobility in Latin America were higher levels of education among workers, most jobs being in the formal sector, more people living in urban areas, more women in the workforce, and smaller families.

 

International tourism strong despite uncertain economy

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Published on: 2012/11/10

International tourist arrivals grew by 4% between January and August 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The resilience of international tourism in a continuing uncertain economy is further confirmed by the positive data on tourism earnings and expenditure.

 

The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 4% between January and August 2012 compared to the same eight months of 2011 (28 million more). With a record 705 million tourists up to August 2012, UNWTO remains confident that one billion international tourists will have travelled the world by the end of the year.

 

Emerging economies regain the lead

Emerging economies (+5%) have clearly regained the lead as compared to advanced ones (+4%).

In the Americas (+4%), Central (+7%) and South America (+6%) continued to show the strongest performances, with growth in the Caribbean (+5%) also significant. International tourist arrivals grew 3% in North America

source: http://www2.unwto.org/es/node/37868

Tourism is strong in Central America !

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Published on: 2012/11/10

 

Opportunities in Tourism

Despite the downturn in the major economies, more and more tourists traveling the globe are looking for the kind of experiences that Central America has to offer.

The opportunities are there. Demand for tourist destinations such as the ones Central America can offer is firm and is increasing every year.

 A statement from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reads:

Tourism grows in the world despite the international crisis
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% a year worldwide between January and August of 2012 and is nearing for the first time the 1,000 million mark for December, said the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the UN agency, tourism figures climbed 5% in emerging economies, compared with 4% in developed countries.

 

 

 

source: http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Opportunities_in_Tourism?u=2376ff561f8827e3f9211e3534309e93&s=n&e=3&mid=[MESSAGEID]

Wow, More Countries are Investing in Nicaragua

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Published on: 2012/11/10

 

A surprising 55% of Nicaragua’s direct foreign investment comes from Canada, USA and Spain and with 284 new projects in the works, the country is poised to increase those numbers.

 

What he did grow foreign direct investment in 2011 are 284 new projects were able to attract, whose capital comes from 41 countries “the highest amount in history,” according to investment promotion agency ProNicaragua.

Alvaro Baltodano, presidential delegate for investment, is confident that “excellent results” obtained allow Nicaragua occupies the first place in Latin America and the Caribbean, growth in foreign investment attraction. “We’ll know when all countries to finish their numbers,” said Baltodano.

But the position is privileged because ProNicaragua, the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MIFIC), consolidated indicators and regional level confirm that Nicaragua was “for four consecutive year, the highest” FDI as a percentage of GDP, with 14.1 percent.

Total foreign direct investment during the period 2007-2011 was 2,917.88 million, driven mainly by the energy, telecommunications and free zones, which represented on average 70 percent of the total.

 

 

source: Wow, More Countries are Investing in Nicaragua | Tropical Daily.

ProExport Colombia Visits Mar Y Sol at Twin Vee Factory

Colombia represents an enormous opportunity for investors.

With the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, the country has opened its doors to the United States to expand its market in many sectors.  Mar Y Sol recognizes this opportunity and actively working to partner with Colombian and U.S. businesses and organizations.  We invited ProExport Colombia to visit Twin Vee Catamaran factory and meet Roger Dunshee, the founder, owner and CEO of Twin Vee !

Twin Vee Catamarans of Fort Pierce, Florida has prided itself on producing a safe,

Roger Dunshee

reliable quality boat at an affordable price.  Customers trust the name and the performance. As founder, Roger Dunshee states, Twin Vee Catamarans are “the best riding boats on the water.”  Over time, these well crafted boats will still hold their value!

Recently, Sergio Rodríguez, Foreign Investment Representative of ProExport Colombia visited the Twin Vee factory in Fort Pierce, Florida.  ProExport promotes “nontraditional exports, international  tourism and foreign investment” in Colombia.  They assist to identify market opportunities, assist to design strategies for the market segment, promote foreign direct investment in Colombia and much more.

Sergio Rodríguez

One of the market sectors that has been on the upswing is tourism.  Along the Colombian Caribbean coast line are cities poised for expansion in this sector.  Cartagena, is an urban center with almost 1 million residents and home to one the most important international ports.  Recreational tourism, beaches and development of the marine market is underway.  Rosario Islands, Barú and Santa Marta are known for the recreational tourism all surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Mr. Rodríquez explained that ProExport’s tourism office is located in Cartagena and offers services for the cruise ships and hotels. Domingo Bernardo, CEO and president of Mar y Sol explained the business plan and development for Colombia. The company will offer boating services and products to hotels, cruise ships, marinas and recreational boaters.  It was agreed by all, that Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats and Twin Vee Catamarans can in fact fill that niche and importantly, ProExport Colombia has offered assistance to Mar y Sol.

At a round table discussion,  Roger Dunshee  explained the benefits of  power catamarans and why the Twin Vee brand is so unique. Mr. Rodríguez had a tour of Twin Vee factory and able to see the quality of the construction which has made these boats famous.  Mr. Rodríquez was introduced to the latest technology in boating: the Twin Vee  Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat.   This advancement in boating creates a lift, runs on top of the waves, less resistance, lower horsepower and less fuel!

Twin Vee Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat

 

Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats is proud to represent Twin Vee Catamarans and to introduce these legendary boats to the Colombian market! With the enormous growth of the marine and recreational tourism, Mar y Sol along with Twin Vee  will fill a niche in the nautical market.

Thank you to Mr. Sergio Rodríguez for your visit and Mr. Roger Dunshee of Twin Vee for the factory tour!

 

source: http://twinvee.com/index.htm

source: http://www.investincolombia.com.co/sectors/services/hotel-infrastructure-and-tourism.html

Here Is Why You Want To Invest In Colombia!

 

 

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source: http://www.investincolombia.com.co/

Orlando Mayor Attends Colombia Business Seminar Along with Mar Y Sol

Mar Y Sol was recently invited by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando’s (HCCMO) seminar, “Doing Business with Colombia. The event was held at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando with many Florida businesses in attendance.

The seminar highlighted the advantages of the Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia.  Guest speaker was Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs who accompanied the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando on the Bogotá trade mission in August.

Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs addresses Florida businesses at the National Entrepreneur Center

Presenters at the seminar included representatives from Canaveral Port Authority, Orlando International Airport and others.  Representatives from Jet Blue, Avianca and Copa Airlines announced they are increasing their flights to accommodate the rise of travel to Colombia.

Phil Brown, Executive Director of  Orlando International Airport told the audience that the Latin American market is one the fastest growing markets.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Thanks to a near-tripling of people flying between Central Florida and Latin America, Orlando was one of the three fastest-growing major markets for international air travelers during the past eight years…” (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-10-25/business/os-international-flights-orlando-data-20121025_1_orlando-international-airport-international-travelers-international-passenger )

Juliaña Pena of Enterprise Florida presented an overview of the Free Trade Agreement and its benefits for American businesses. Enterprise Florida believes Florida will have the most economic benefit.  That is certainly great news for companies like Mar Y Sol!

 

Ramón Ojeda, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando

 

Shannon Feeley, Senior Manager & Business Development from Canaveral Port Authority says the port is working on various partnerships.  Ramón Ojeda, President of the HCCMO says tourism will be an important industry and a delegation will be visiting Cartagena in 2013.

Florida businesses of all sectors attended the presentation.  Despite the troubled economy here in the United States, clearly Colombia is a solid country to develop business.

Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats wishes to extend a warm thank you to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando for the invitation to this informative event, especially Diana Bolivar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks

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Published on: 2012/10/21

 

ARUBA Netherland Antilles
Aruba is the most westerly of the ABC islands of the Netherlands Antilles,
lying 15 miles north of Venezuela. The island is well known for its white
sand beaches, casinos and resorts.

Most diving is done off the island’s west coast, and there are a number of
interesting and historic shipwrecks to be explored.

For more information about Aruba visit the Aruba Board of Tourism’s official website – www.aruba.com

click below to the source which has a list of several shipwrecks

source: The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks.

Cartagena Chamber of Commerce with Local Businesses in Orlando

from facebook: Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats, Inc.

Theresa Biemer, COO and Domingo Bernardo, President and CEO (center left) of Mar y Sol at round table discussion about Colombia.

 

From the Board Room at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando where a group of Florida businesses learned from V Adm José Alfonso Diaz, president of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce the development, growth and interest in Colombia business.

 

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Domingo Bernardo, president and CEO (far right) of Mar y Sol at chamber meeting in Orlando

Domingo Bernardo, President and CEO of Mar y Sol listens to V Adm José Alfonso Diaz of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce at a recent meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. They have been actively working to promote trade with Colombia and invited local businesses to this meeting.

 

 

 

Cartagena Chamber of Commerce Comes to Orlando

from facebook: Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats, Inc.

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Theresa Biemer, COO and Domingo Bernardo President and CEO of Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando offices

 

At a recent meeting on October 19 the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando hosted a round table meeting with  the president of the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce, José Alfonso Diaz. Mar y Sol, along with other local businesses met V Adm. Diaz to discuss  the work his chamber is doing in Colombia to promote business.  It is an exciting time since Colombia is now the 3rd largest Latin American economy and 2nd largest South American economy. Mar y Sol is proud to a part of this growing Colombian economy!

The meeting was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. They have been actively working to promote trade with Colombia and invited local businesses to this meeting. 

Thank you to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando for hosting this informative meeting!

The Results Are In For The Third Annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup!

 

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Third Annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup Results!
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

                  Hey Chama Wins Aruba Carribean Cup

 

Marina Varadero, Aruba-The Curacao-based Hey Chama team pulled off a down-to-the-wire victory in the third annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup, one of the most exciting finishes in the 17-year history of the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series.

Perhaps best known for not just superb marlin fishing but consistently windy conditions and rough seas, the waters surrounding the island nation of Aruba were unseasonably flat calm during this year’s tournament. While more comfortable for the participating anglers, the conditions produced slow fishing and a very tight field going into the last day. With just six minutes remaining on the third and final day, there were four teams knotted at the 600-point mark.


But showing that anything can happen in tournament fishing, the Hey Chama was mobbed by a trio of sailfish in the closing minutes. Just one remained hooked and was fought to a quick release as time ran out, giving the team of Capt. Irving Irausquin, Leonard and Roland Chapman, Ricky Winkel and Rafael Merentes the win with a total of 700 points.
One of the teams counting down the final minutes was the all-lady angler team fishing with Capt. Milton Pichardo aboard the Teaser, a 35-foot Bertram charterboat based in Aruba. The “Reel Teasers” team of Elizabeth, Natessa and Izaira Mansur and Jackie Croes had moved into the lead on the final day with six sailfish and 600 points. They were leading the fleet based on their time of last release as time ticked down. And while the sailfish release from the Hey Chama signaled a second place finish, the ladies took their efforts in great stride, cheering and toasting their finish with some well-deserved champagne upon their return to port.

 

 

A third team celebrated some last-day heroics during the Presidential Caribbean Cup. Robert Van Vliet, Elbert Suares, Jan Geerings and Eric Jansen, fishing aboard the Balkan, another vessel based in nearby Curacao, had not released a billfish going into the third and final day of the tournament. But with marlin worth 300 points and sailfish 100 points, they knew things could change in a hurry. By midday, they had their shot-a pair of white marlin came charging into the spread. Both were successfully hooked and released, rocketing the Balkan from obscurity to third place overall.
In the angler division standings, Rafael Merentes emerged victorious with 600 points, scoring a trio of sailfish  releases (including the all-important tiebreaker) and a white marlin kicker during the tournament on the Hey Chama. Natessa Mansur had an outstanding performance on the Teaser to finish second with 400 points, followed by Alex Mansur, Jr. with 300 points on the Iliza. In the Caribbean Cup, anglers rotate rod positions throughout the day to ensure equality in the shots at fish, while certified observers provided by the tournament provide a level playing field. In addition, 30-pound test line is supplied to all participants, who must use non-offset circle hooks throughout the tournament.
For more information on the Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup, including dates for next year’s tournament, please visit www.preschallenge.com or become a “Friend” of the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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