HILTON GARDEN INN OPENS NEW HOTEL IN GUATEMALA CITY

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Guatemala City

Hilton Garden Inn Press Release 

Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning brand of hotels, on 2 July announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Guatemala City, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 625 hotels worldwide. The 109-room new hotel is the first Hilton Worldwide property in Guatemala.

 Hilton Garden Inn Guatemala City is owned and managed by Imperial Hospitality Management Company. 

“This opening marks the seventh Latin American country with a Hilton Garden Inn hotel,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “We?re thrilled to expand into Guatemala and look forward to introducing the brand’s value added amenities and service, backed by our Satisfaction PromiseTM, to a new market of business and leisure travelers.”

Hilton Garden Inn Guatemala City is located in the financial and business district. Just 4 km away from the La Aurora International Airport, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. Major nearby attractions include the Domo Polideportivo arena, La Aurora Zoo, and Popol Vuh Museum. Guests will enjoy the warm appreciative Hilton Garden Inn Team Members for additional area recommendations.

“Our new Hilton Garden Inn Guatemala City is welcoming for every traveler, whether on a business trip or family vacation,” said Alejandro Estrada, general manager. Leisure guests can enjoy our central location close to restaurants, entertainment and shopping centers; while business guests will enjoy our convenient access to the 24-hour business center and the hotel’s own complimentary services.”

Hilton Garden Inn offers welcoming services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road. All Hilton Garden Inn guests will see why Life’s Better at the Garden through amenities offered at each peaceful and energizing Hilton Garden Inn location, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel also features eleven meeting rooms offering more than 2,250 square feet of flexible meeting space, including outdoor gardens for up to 250 guests.

The Garden Grille and Bar offers a full cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner, cocktails, and evening room service. The Pavilion Pantry is open 24 hours and features a complete selection of salty snacks, sweet treats, cold beverages, and frozen, microwaveable packaged items.

All 109 guest rooms boast the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room “hospitality center” with a mini fridge, and coffee maker. Guests’ rooms also feature a separate living area with sofa, soundproof windows, and a flat-screen HDTV.

Hilton Garden Inn Guatemala City participates in Hilton HHonors, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles on the same stay and No Blackout Dates on reward stays. HHonors members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

#By #Ferie #Flyplass #Dyrehage #Guatemala #Hilton #Hotell #Hovedstad #LatinAmerika #MellomAmerika #Museum #Reise #Turisme #WiFi #Zoo

#Airport #Capital #CentralAmerica #City #Holiday #Tourism #Travel

HUGE CROWD IN SAN SALVADOR FOR BEATIFICATION OF SLAIN ARCHBISHOP

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A man holds an image of late Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero during his beatification ceremony Saturday at Plaza del Mundo in San Salvador. Photo credit: Reuters / Landov / National Public Radio

Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, the Catholic archbishop who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980 by a member of a right-wing death squad, has been beatified in a ceremony in the country’s capital on Saturday 23 May that drew at least a quarter of a million people in the capital San Salvador, National Public Radio – www.npr.org reports.

Archbishop Romero, was killed when offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador on 24 March 1980. He was 63 years old.

The beatification is the last step before canonization, when the Vatican would declare Romero a saint. In January, the Holy See declared him a martyr.

Romero was archbishop of San Salvador at the start of El Salvador’s 1979-1992 civil war. He was gunned down while celebrating Mass in March 1980 after denouncing a crackdown on leftist opponents of the country’s military government.

Saturday’s beatification ceremony ends a long-fought battle for recognition of Romero’s life and work. But many say it does little to curb the current gang violence terrorizing the country today.

According to Carrie,”Romero’s beatification has brought visitors and his supporters from around the world to this small Central American nation. They stream through Romero’s spartan home in San Salvador, the capital, now preserved as a tiny museum, where Romero lived up until his death.”

In a letter to the current Archbishop of San Salvador, Pope Francis said Romero’s beatification created “a favorable moment for true and proper reconciliation.

“In this day of joy for El Salvador and also for other Latin American countries, we thank God for giving the martyr archbishop the ability to see and feel the suffering of his people,” the pope wrote, according to the BBC.

#BBC #Biskop #By #Erkebiskop #ElSalvador #Ferie #Frans #Hovedstad #LatinAmerika #MellomAmerika #Museum #Pave #Reise #SanSalvador #Vatikanet #Vatikanstaten

#Archbishop #Bishop #Capital #CentralAmerica #City #Francis #Holiday #Pope #Travel #Vatican

MEXICAN LOW COST AIRLINE VOLARIS ANNOUNCES FLIGHTS TO COSTA RICA

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The ultra low cost Mexican airline with the most extensive route network servicing Mexico and the US, has announced their incursion into the Costa Rica market with the launch of two new flights from Cancun, Quintana Roo and Guadalajara, Jalisco to Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose, starting on September 10 with flights two times per week. 

Costa Rica becomes the second Central American destination for Volaris.

Volaris is expanding presence to Costa Rica as part of the carrier’s international growth plans, seeking to increase the country’s connectivity to Mexico’s most important cities as well the US market. Volaris CEO, Enrique Beltranena said: “We are extremely proud to announce flights to Costa Rica, a destination special not only as a natural and adventure tourism location, but also for their history and cultural heritage”.

“Two new services plus our innovative business framework make visiting Costa Rica easier than ever for our Customers in Mexico“, Beltranena added.

Separately, Costa Rica Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura said, “Mexico is Latin America’s top issuing market for tourism by air, which is why Volaris’ bet strengthens the work we’ve done towards attracting more airlines and opening our markets by increasing the number of seats available to the destination and becoming a complement to traditional offerings with an option that provides good service at an affordable price,” the official said. “This also introduces an element of competitiveness in terms of fares to Costa Rica.”

To date, Volaris is the airline with the widest route network servicing Mexico and the US. The carrier has transported nearly 50 million passengers since it started operating in 2006, and this number continues on the rise as a result of more than 240 daily flights operated to 61 leading destinations, including 38 in Mexico and 23 internationally.

#By #Cancun #CostaRica #Ferie #Flyselskap #Hovedstad #LatinAmerika #MellomAmerika #Mexico #Minister #Reise #SanJose #USA

#Airline #Capital #CentralAmerica #City #Holiday #LatinAmerica #Travel

 

HONDURAS CRACKS DOWN ON VIOLENCE – TOURISM BOOM EXPECTED

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Tegucigalpa, Capital of Honduras (wikipedia.org)

It has not been an easy time for the Honduran tourism industry in recent years, followed by the political unrest events of 2009, the country was constantly bombarded by international media over violence and even gained the title of “murder capital of the world.”, the Global Travel Industry News – www.eturbonews.com website reported.

Having such a reputation, prompted potential tourists to stay away, with the exemption of seasoned travelers who recognize that the crime situation anywhere is often magnified and not as bad as portrayed in the news.

The Honduran island of Roatan in the Caribbean, has actually seen a sharp increase on the number of vessels calling there.

Fortunately for Honduras, things seem to be improving over the last 24 months. The government, with the assistance of the United States, has taken drastic measures to reduce drug trafficking and other criminal-related activities, thus, seeing an immediate reduction in violence.

In a visit to Tegucigalpa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon praised the country`s efforts to control violence and expressed he was happy to see the very positive outcome in such a short period of time. During his 2-day stay, Ban Ki Moon visited the Maya Ruins of Copan, a World Heritage site and one of the most iconic tourist destinations in Honduras.

The United States also congratulated Honduras for its achievement through a State Department: “Tourism is one of the most viable ways to improve the Honduran economy and bring prosperity to their people,” said Eduardo Rivera, CEO of Explore, a regional tour operator based in Honduras.

“We perceive that there is a political will to create the conditions for the long-awaited take-off of tourism in Honduras,” Rivera mentioned.

Despite the bad press, numerous investments in the sector are now taking place. A cruise ship terminal recently started operation in the Caribbean port town of Trujillo, and a new airport near Copan is scheduled to begin service in a couple of months. Several international chain hotels are being built in the capital and in the second largest city San Pedro Sula as well.

If the proper funds are devoted to promote the incredible diverse attractions that the country has to offer, there is no doubt that Honduras has a great chance to attract thousands of tourists for years to come.

#BanKiMoon #By #Cruise #Ferie #Flyplass #FN #Honduras #Hotell #Hovedstad #Karibia #Maya #Reise #SanPedroSula #Tegucigalpa #USA

#Airport #Capital #Caribbean #City #Holiday #Travel

SAN SALVADOR TO HOST EVENT AIMED AT PROMOTING CRUISE-SHIP TOURISM

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A cruise ship approaches Trujillo, Honduras. Photo: Orlando Sierra / AFP

Next month, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association will hold its 2015 regional meeting in El Salvador – the only Central American nation without a Caribbean coast, the www.ticotimes.net website reported.

The FCCA Central America Cruise Summit is set for May 13-15 at the Hilton Princess Hotel in San Salvador. The event features two workshops: “Breaking into the Cruise Industry” and “Port & Destination Development.”

Among other things, participants will discuss the true potential of cruise line calls; what to consider when developing a cruise facility; safety and security; how to attract cruise vessels, and how to showcase specific destinations.

President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and Vice President Óscar Ortiz may also attend the summit’s opening ceremony.

FCCA President Michele M. Paige says the seven nations of Central America now rank among the cruise industry’s fastest-growing markets worldwide.

“We’ve created this specialized forum so that executives from the cruise industry can meet with stakeholders from Central America and Colombia to optimize cruising’s impact and create valuable business relationships and pathways,” Paige said.

Read the whole story at www.ticotimes.net/2015/04/20/el-salvador-to-host-event-aimed-at-promoting-central-american-cruise-ship-tourism

#By #Colombia #Cruise #ElSalvador #Ferie #Florida #Hilton #Honduras #Hovedstad #Karibia #LatinAmerika #MellomAmerika #President #Reise #SanSalvador #USA

#Capital #Caribbean #City #Holiday #Travel

GUATEMALA PROJECTING $350 MILLION IN NEW TOURISM INVESTMENT

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Guatemala City. Photo: wikipedia.org

Guatemala is projecting big things in the tourism sector, the www.caribjournal.com website reported.

The country’s tourist board said it was projecting 2.2 million visitors for the year 2014, with significant investment on the way in the next three years.

Tourism arrivals to the country grew by 2.8 percent in the third quarter, led by a strong July and buoyed by travelers from North America.

“Tourism is one of the main industries in the country, generating significant revenue to the economy as well as new employment opportunities,” said Pedro Duchez, director of INGUAT, Guatemala’s tourist board.

“There is a projected investment of USD $350 million over the next three years from both the private and public sectors, which is allotted towards new hotels, infrastructure, as well as the enhancement of public spaces and tourist attractions. It’s a very exciting time for the destination.”

The boost comes as a number of international brands have announced new forays into the country, from a new Ramada hotel to a pair of new properties by Courtyard by Marriott and La Quinta planned in Guatemala City.

“Investment by these top hotel brands is a testament to Guatemala’s growing appeal in the international arena,” Duchez said.

“While popular areas such as Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Petén see continued interest for further development, the Tourism Board is also focused on broadening the spectrum by showcasing other lesser known areas such as Las Verapaces and Rio Dulce that offer different types of excursions such as wildlife encounters and adventure experiences.”

#Antigua #By #Ferie #Guatemala #Hotell #Hovedstad #LatinAmerika #Marriott #MellomAmerika #Ramada #Reise

#Capital #CentralAmerika #City #Holiday #Hotel #LatinAmerica #Travel

 

 

MAGISKE BELIZE!

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Cave tubing i Belize. Foto:: Nick M.  Kilde: Flickr

Belize i Mellom-Amerika er kjent som et av verdens mest magiske, vakreste og mest spektakulære reisemål, både når det gjelder dykking og snorkling, fantastisk natur, flora og fauna, og arkeologiske attraksjoner fra den gamle Maya-kulturen.

Like øst for hovedstaden Belmopan, som ligger 78 kilometer inne i landet, sørvest for landets største by Belize City, ligger det magiske, mytiske og vakre Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, hvor man finner huler som Maya-kulturen regnet som hellige.

Her kan man drive med “cave tubing” og la seg flyte på Caves Branch River. Tubing-turene tar turistene inn i hulene hvor man finner stalakitter, stalagmitter, hulemalerier fra Maya-kulturen, og en rik og spennende marin fauna.

Det går turer til området daglig, husk kamera!

 

Belizes turistkontor: www.travelbelize.org

Kilder: www.news.com.au , www.cheapflights.com.au

Belize er en tidligere britisk koloni – Britisk Honduras, og ble selvstendig i 1981. Den daværende hovedstaden Belize City ble ødelagt av orkanen Hattie i 1964, og en ny hovedstad ble bygget i Belmopan, inne i landet.

#Arkeologi #Belize #BelizeCity #Belmopan #Britisk #By #Cave #City #Dykking #Elv #Fauna #Ferie #Flora #Geologi #Honduras #Hovedstad #Koloni #Maya #MellomAmerika #Orkan #Reise #River #Snorkling

COSTA RICA’S CAPITAL THE NEXT BIG TOURIST DESTINATION?

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San Jose (wikipedia.org)

Costa Rica’s Tourism Board wants visitors to spend time not just at the country’s beaches and national parks, but in its capital city San José, The Tico Times reported.

“The Tourism Board is launching a strategy that aims to make San José a cultural and gastronomic attraction”, the board’s director of promotion, Ireth Rodríguez Villalobos, said Monday.

The strategy is part of tourism policies outlined by President Luis Guillermo Solís, who last year signed an executive decree declaring of public and national interest the tourism development of downtown San José. The decree was published in the official newspaper La Gaceta on Monday and takes effect this week.

It’s main goal is to promote San José’s downtown among both local and international tourists through brochures, maps, guides, videos and websites.

They all will advertise the capital?s historic buildings, museums and galleries, as well as the many gastronomic options located between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue and 9th Street and 12th Street in central San José.

In addition to promoting the area’s urban attractions, such as the National Theater, historic post office, National Museum and Gold Museum, the Tourism Board also will promote several surrounding neighborhoods, including Amón, Otoya, Aranjuez and Pitahaya, where visitors can check out historic buildings and antique houses.

The tourism board plans to keep promoting current touristic activities such as walking and train tours through the city’s main attractions. It will also support private initiatives like Art City Tour, ChepeCletas and bus tours by Costa Rica City Square Tour.

The government also plans to host tourism and cultural fairs, and boost promotion on the web, through social networks and at information offices downtown, Rodríguez said.

Among its main challenges, officials will have to work to make tourists feel comfortable and safe walking the capital’s streets.

They’ve already made one move: the Tourism Board’s director of tourist services, Víctor Ramírez Montero, said the board recently moved the Tourist Police headquarters to new facilities within the promoted area and added 49 police officers, two police cars, six motorcycles and ten bicycles for patrolling downtown.

Currently board officials are in negotiations with San José’s municipal tourism department to coordinate the creation of a new information, assistance and tourist protection center, Ramírez said. Plans also include campaigns on mass and social media asking people to avoid littering and keep the city clean, he added.

According to data from the Tourism Board, some 1.3 million tourists stay at least one night in the Central Valley each year, usually prior to moving to other destinations across the country.

Click here to download a PDF version of one of the brochures the Tourism Board will provide at their information Offices.

Kilde / Source: www.ticotimes.net

#Beach #By #CostaRica #Ferie #Hovedstad #LatinAmerika #MellomAmerika #Museum #Nasjonalpark #Reise #SanJose #Strand

#Capital #CentralAmerica #City #Holiday #LatinAmerica #NationalPark #Travel

DE TO HOVEDSTEDENE I HONDURAS

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#Republikken #Honduras i Mellom-#Amerika har formelt sett to offisielle #hovedsteder, #Tegucigalpa (#Teguc i dagligtale) og #Comayagüela, men det er førstnevnte som er landets de facto #hovedstad og blir regnet som sådan i de fleste sammenhenger. De to byene utgjør et eget hovedstaddistrikt, #Municipio del #Distrito Central. og Comayagüela er ifølge grunnloven den konstitusjonelle hovedstaden.

 

 

 

BELMOPAN RUSTER OPP GATENE

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#Belmopan, #hovedstaden i #Belize (tidligere #Britisk #Honduras) i Mellom-Amerika, får stadig flere asfalterte gater. I det siste har åtte gater i området #Caribean #Villas blitt asfaltert: #Jamaica #Street, #Pacific Street, #Atlantic Street, #Cayman Street, #Bahamas Street, #Barbados Street, St.#Vincent Street og #Bermuda Street. Fem nye gater i #Judges Area, #Innis Street, #Staine Street, #Brown Street og #Sosa Street, blir snart asfaltert.

Det er også startet arbeid med å oppgradere gatene i #San #Martin Area, blant annet med å asfaltere gaten som fører til #George #Price #Center.

Belmopan er en ung by, grunnlagt i 1970. Den er bygd opp fra grunnen av, etter at lokalregjeringen i den daværende #britiske #kolonien Britisk Honduras besluttet å flytte hovedstaden fra kystbyen Belize #City og inn i landet, etter at orkanen Hattie i 1961 hadde ødelagt 75 prosent av bygningene i hovedstaden.

Belmopan ligger 80 kilometer fra kysten.

www.travelbelize.org

Ministry of Tourism and Culture: www.belize.gov.bz