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Luxury Cruises into CartagenaPort of Cartagena, Attracting Luxury Boats

Read more at:

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.

CRUISE

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

Guacalito$250,000,000 (USD) Resort Opens Phase I in Nicaragua

Read more:  Pellas inaugura Guacalito de la Isla · El Nuevo Diario.

With a total investment of U.S. $ 250 million, Carlos Pellas, opened the luxury resort Guacalito Island, the first stage features a golf course with 18 holes, a boutique hotel and villas and cottages, in the idyllic town of Tola, Rivas near San Juan del Sur, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

Guacalito de la Isla
Beachside in Nicaragua

The first phase of the emblematic Guacalito Island, is located on the Emerald Coast of the Pacific, seeks to position Nicaragua as a premier tourist destination, opened 13 January 2013 in the presence of regional entrepreneurs invited by Carlos Pellas, who described the project as the legacy that the country intends to inherit.

With an estimated total of $ 250 million (USD), the first phase includes the boutique hotel Mukul, which has 39 rooms, 16 beach villas and 23 mountain huts, built on 1,600 acres (about 650 hectares), with an investment of U.S. $ 150 million.

My vision is that in 15, 20 years, we see this as the spark that made Nicaragua a tourist destination,” said Carlos Pellas, Pellas group leader.

Built with eco-friendly materials and the use of water catchment areas of rain, the resort is between and surrounded by more than 1,500 trees, some of which were transplanted  A 150-year guanacaste, erected at the entrance of the complex, represents the effort for the care of the environment.

 

 

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

Read more:  A New Isla Mariana Beachfront Retreat is Rising on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.

Isla Mariana Beachfront Retreat Nicaragua Blog

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.

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.

 

Fox News Notes Belize as a Tourist Hotspot

From: Fox News picks Belize as tourism hotspot | Belize Travel Blog.

 

A recent  Fox News television broadcast highlighting Belize as one of a few selected international tourism hotspots shows that North Americans needn’t travel far to visit one of the world’s best vacation destinations, according to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Larry Waight.

“It was interesting to be watching television and seeing Belize come up as one of the Fox News hotspots for 2012, in company with just a few select locations that included more distant destinations such as Vietnam, India and Korea,” Mr Waight said. “What it said to me was, ‘great, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy what tourism industry experts and an authority like Fox News describe as the most interesting and best in the world’,” he said.

During the March 7, 2012 broadcast, Conde Nast Traveller Senior Editor Lisa Gill highlighted Belize.

“It’s sort of undiscovered compared to Mexico, but it’s right next to Mexico, and it’s relatively safe, everyone speaks English there, it’s a really accessible place for Americans to visit and it has loads and loads of these wonderful, ancient Mayan sites that you  can really go explore…” Ms Gill     enthused.

Colombia signs tourism pact with LatAm countries

 From: Colombia signs tourism pact with LatAm countries – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

 

Colombia news - Pacific Alliance

Colombia‘s trade minister signed an agreement with other member states of the Pacific Alliance Wednesday to promote tourism between the members states of the Latin American trade bloc.

The trade and tourism ministers of Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Peru met in Mexico City to sign a pact that according to Colombian Trade Minister Sergio Granados-Diaz has the aim to “increase the flow of visitors between the partners.”

According to the minister, the countries of the Paciic Alliance will offer member states technical assistance in the development of tourist destinations aimed at both corporate and regular tourism.

The Pacific Alliance is a Latin American trade bloc created in June that aims to increase economic integration between member states.

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