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Luxury Cruises into CartagenaPort of Cartagena, Attracting Luxury Boats

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Puerto de Cartagena, en la ruta de barcos de lujo | Corporación de Turismo de Cartagena | El Universal – Cartagena.

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.

Read more at:

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

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=561030

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
International Man, http://www.internationalman.com/global-perspectives/on-the-ground-in-colombia-part-1
International Man, http://www.internationalman.com/global-perspectives/on-the-ground-in-colombia-part-2

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 ….

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.

Click the link to see all the wonderful places:

 Living large in Costa Rica – CNN.com.

Colombia Promoting Nautical Tourism to Create 15,000 Jobs

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Read more:  Colombia impulsará turismo náutico para crear 15 mil nuevos empleos – Noticia

Colombia impulsará turismo náutico para crear 15 mil nuevos empleos - Noticias de turismo - arecoa.com

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.

International tourism strong despite uncertain economy

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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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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]

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!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cartagena Chamber of Commerce with Local Businesses in Orlando

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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

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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!

Tayrona National Park’s underwater world

 

Diving is a sure way to experience the prehistoric beauty of Tayrona National Park on Colombia‘s Caribbean coast from in, on and under the water.

Parque Tayrona is the gem of Colombia’s Caribbean coast, dazzling white beaches and clear coral-filled ocean are set against a Jurassic Park-style jungle, hung with vines and draped in damp mist, with flocks of pterodactyl-like pelicans laboriously flapping by.

Colombia news - Diving

 

Each week hordes of tourists visit Tayrona, which was declared a national park in 1969 for its immense biological and archaeological value. Visitors go there for the beaches with their white grainy sand and imposing grey boulders. They go to see the Tayrona tribes-people in their traditional pointy white hats, and they go to hike deep in to Tayrona’s jungle to find the Lost City, thought to have been founded around 800 AD.

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Central America among fastest-growing destinations for Americans traveling overseas

from: http://news.co.cr/central-america-among-fastest-growing-destinations-for-americans-traveling-overseas/13415/

The latest numbers from the US government’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industry (OTTI) show that overseas travel by Americans is growing in in all of the eight regions it has identified, with Central America, Middle East and Asia growing the fastest.

According to the latest numbers published by the OTTI, a total of 23 million US citizens traveled outside their country during the first five months of 2012, with 49 percent of them going to overseas locations and 51 percent traveling within North America.

Overseas travel was up overall by 9 percent with a total of 11.2 million travelers. The three most visited regions were Europe (17 percent) followed by the Caribbean (12 percent) and Asia (8 percent).

The fastest-growing destinations were Central America, the Middle East and Asia. During the first five months of the year, a total of 1 million US passengers visited Central America, 15 percent more compared to the same period in 2011.

 

Limousine tours in Cartagena

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From:  Limousine tours reach the streets of Cartagena – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Limousine tours reach the streets of Cartagena

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Limousine tours are now glitzing up the Caribbean streets of Colombia‘s coastal city Cartagena.

According to newspaper El Heraldo, the popular beach town of Cartagena is offering limousine tours as of last weekend, a glamorous new addition to the already existing bus, bike and van tours of the city.

The flashy new way of seeing Cartagena’s sites and tourist attractions has already drawn quite a bit of attention.

“I saw the limousine parked in front of the Torre del Reloj [Clock Tower] and I told my wife to take a picture. One feels as if they are in Hollywood or something like that,” said a tourist from Bogota, Ramiro Alvarez Carmona.

The limousine tours start at approximately $272 for the first hour, and each additional hour is subsequently discounted. The service can allegedly be used for “weddings, birthdays, dinners, tours and corporate events,” or just provide a glamorous ride through the city for any other tourist’s whim.

The limousine service arrived in Cartagena as an initiative of the company North Trading, that allegedly looks to make the most of the city’s potential as the principal tourist destination of Colombia, reported El Heraldo.

 

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Colombia Economy has overtaken Argentina

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From: Colombia has overtaken Argentina as LatAm’s 3rd economy: Minister – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

 

Colombia news - Juan Carlos Echeverry

 

Colombia has overtaken Argentina and is now Latin America’s third largest economy after Brazil and Mexico, claimed outgoing Finance Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry Friday.

According to the outgoing minister, Colombia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) outgrew both that of Venezuela and Argentina in the two years since President Juan Manuel Santos took office. “This was a dream,” the minister told radio station Caracol.

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Colombia’s Caribbean coast to receive $360M in investments

From: Colombia’s Caribbean coast to receive $360M in investments – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has announced an investment program of $360 million in the Caribbean coastal region on Monday.

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At the conclusion in Cartagena of Monday’s meeting with the OCAD, the body responsible for defining investment projects, the president announced that the Caribbean region would get 54 projects for roads water, tourism, agriculture, health, housing and ICT among others.

 

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“The Answer is Colombia” unveiled as a new branding campaign for the country!

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From: Colombia to launch international branding campaign in 2 months – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Colombia unveiled a new brand for the country’s identity to tell the world “the answer is Colombia,” but will not launch a campaign internationally for another two months.

Colombia news - Marca Pais

“An international branding campaign will be launched in about two months,” Daniel Reyes of branding agency Marca Pais told Colombia Reports, adding that for now, “the first step is introducing the new brand to citizens of Colombia.”

Colombia, a country that has tripled its direct foreign investment (FDI) over the last ten years, looks to be the answer in face of the global crisis. With its new image, the country will tell the world with figures and facts why exactly it is the answer.

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Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are ready for retirees!

From: Why are so many baby boomers retiring in Central America? / Nicaragua / Region / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

 

Central America, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama have positioned themselves as the top three picks for retirement 

With 73 million U.S. baby boomers set to retire over the next 10 years, this region’s broad offering has something for almost everyone.

Ryan Piercy, head of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR), says Central America is sitting pretty when it comes to attracting the baby boomers, whose retirement wave officially started in 2011.

“Central America and Latin America are going to receive at least 250,000 American retirees over the next 15 years. And of all the options in the region, the majority, in my opinion, will go to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua,” Piercy told The Nica Times in an interview in his office in downtown San José, Costa Rica.

In a recent U.S. News and World Report article on the “World’s Top Retirement Havens for 2011,” Nicaragua is now ranked the No. 1 foreign destination in the world in the “super affordable category,” while Panama is ranked No. 1 in the “moderately priced” category.

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Colombia to invest $2.2B in road infrastructure

From: Colombia to invest $2.2B in road infrastructure – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Colombia‘s Infrastructure Agency announced a plan on Friday to invest $2.2 billion on new roads in the country.

Director of the National Infrastructure Agency Luis Fernando Andrade officialized the scheme which will begin at end of the year with the construction of six new road projects, reported La W Radio.

The first six roads constructed will include a dual carriageway between the northern cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena.

The agency expects to complete the project in the first half of 2014 with 60% of the funding for projects coming from revenues and the other 40% from the government

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4000 hotels under construction in Colombia

From: 4000 hotels under construction in Colombia – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

At a meeting in Manizales attended by delegates of the National Government, the president of hotel federation Cotelco, Juan Leonardo Correa, said that the hotels are being built in areas of ecotourism, mountain regions and in the interior of the country as well as on the coast, according to Radio Caracol.

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Colombian beaches best in South America

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Tourism
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Published on: 2012/09/09

From:  Colombian beaches in Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2012 | Metropolitan Touring.

 

The annual selection of best beaches around the world made by Trip Advisor, the website with the best reputation in the world tourism industry, confirmed that Colombia undisputedly has some of the best beaches in South America.

San Andrés, a remote island 481 miles (775 km) off the Caribbean Coast of Colombia with its powder-white sands, and Santa Marta’s clear, crystal-blue waters and its fantastic location between the sea and the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada were included in Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Beach Destinations in South America along with Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Punta del Este (Uruguay).

The annual selection is made based on the votes and opinions of the millions of readers of the website who highlighted the services and natural beauty of these places.

Check it out: http://www.tripadvisor.com.ar/TravelersChoice-Beaches

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Colombia invested over $55M in tourism in the last 2 years

From: Colombia invested over $55M in tourism: Santos – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

 

Colombia news - Tourism

 

President Juan Manuel Santos announced Wednesday that Colombia has invested more than $55 million in promoting tourism for the country over the last two years.

During a speech in the coastal Cartagena city, President Juan Manual Santos revealed that investments in tourism promotion have increased during 2010 to 2012 by 20% in comparison to the period of 2008 to 2010.

“In these first two years the government has invested over $36 million in international promotion [of Colombia] as part of the the National Tourism Fund and Proexport,” said Santos. He added that they have also invested over $23 million in the promotion of national tourism.

Through Proexport, an entity that promotes tourism, foreign investment and exportations in Colombia, wholesalers from around the world have had the opportunity to know and invest in Colombia.

“In the last year, through Proexport, 115 wholesalers were invited from 29 countries for ‘trips of familiarization,’ to see the country and multiply sales through their favorable impression,” explained the president.

Santos emphasized the coverage that Colombian tourism has received in international mediums, and said that the investments in tourism will continue to grow over the next two years.

“Proexport has gotten Colombia to appear in 16 guides of different countries and two guides of global reach, including none other than Lonely Planet and Michelin,” said the president.

In conclusion, Santos announced that September 7 will be the launch of the new image of the “Country Brand,” and that when they celebrate the World Day of Tourism on September 27, they are going to launch the Colombian guide of National Geographic for the first time.

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