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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.

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.

 

 

GuacalitoNuevo Hotel, Cabañas, Villas y Cancha de Golf en Nicaragua

Lea más:  Pellas inaugura Guacalito de la Isla · El Nuevo Diario.

13 enero 2013

Pellas inaugura Guacalito de la Isla

Con una inversión total de US$250 millones, Carlos Pellas, líder del grupo Pellas, inauguró el resort de lujo Guacalito de la Isla, que en una primera etapa ofrece un campo de golf de 18 hoyos, un hotel boutique, así como villas y cabañas, en el paradisíaco municipio de Tola, Rivas, cerca de San Juan del Sur.

Guacalito
Guacalito

La primera fase del emblemático proyecto eco-turístico Guacalito de la Isla, ubicado en la Costa Esmeralda del Pacífico, en el municipio de Tola, Rivas, y que busca posicionar a Nicaragua como un destino turístico de primer nivel, fue inaugurado anoche en presencia de empresarios de la región invitados por Carlos Pellas, quien calificó dicho proyecto como el legado que pretende heredar al país.

Con una estimación total de US$250 millones, la primera etapa contempla el hotel-boutique Mukul, que cuenta con 39 estancias, 16 villas de playa y 23 cabañas de montaña, edificadas en 1,600 acres (casi 650 hectáreas), con una inversión de US$150 millones.

“Mi visión es que dentro de 15, 20 años, veamos esto como la chispa que despertó a Nicaragua como destino turístico”, expresó Carlos Pellas, líder del grupo Pellas.

Construido con materiales eco-amigables y con el uso de zonas de captación de agua de lluvia, el resort está entre y rodeado por más de 1,500 árboles, algunos de gran tamaño que fueron transplantados. Un guanacaste de 150 años, erigido en la entrada del complejo, representa el esfuerzo por el cuido del medio ambiente.

 

 

 

Distant thunder of aging boomers; Boat buyers continue to get older

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Published on: 2012/08/01

From:  Soundings Magazine:

A View from Here » Blog Archive » Distant thunder of aging boomers.

 

Distant thunder of aging boomers

The boys at my marina have been looking a tad older, as are the ones down in the anchorage. And so is the guy in the mirror, for that matter. The market of new boat buyers and current boaters is graying before our eyes.

We’re not alone. Consider that about 10,000 of the 77 million baby boomers are turning 65 every day. What are the implications for our industry?

It’s one of those good news/troubling news scenarios. More on that in a moment, but first some charts and figures from Info-Link’s Jack Ellis that graphically show the aging of new boat buyers during the past 15 years, as well as the age distribution of boaters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read more at:  http://blog.tradeonlytoday.com/tradetalk/?p=581

 

 

 

 

 

New record in direct foreign investment in Costa Rica

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Published on: 2012/07/19

From:  Costa Rica: A tale of two economies / Business / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Foreign direct investment in Costa Rica increased to a record $2.1 billion in 2011. Growth is projected at double the rate of the U.S. economy!

Foreign Investment

Production has positive momentum, and the Central Bank sees Costa Rica on track for 4 percent economic growth in 2012 (TT, June 1). This will be less than the 4.2 percent of 2011, but more than the 3.8 percent that that institution projected at the start of the year, and two times the recently revised economic growth projection of 2 percent for the United States

The Skies of Latin America are Full of Planes – MarketWatch by WSJ

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Published on: 2012/07/16

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The Latin America region as a whole is expected to grow at least 5% a year over the next 10 years, and air travel in the region is expected to exceed that. Latin America’s economy is expected to create a tripling of the region’s air traffic during the next 20 years, making Latin America the second-highest region for growth in air travel in the world, next to the Middle East — according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast. Growth in the middle class of Latin America has fueled the increase, according to the Airbus report.

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