Having witnesses a seismic event measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale on Christmas Day, tourism authorities in Chile have been quick to state tourism in the destination is unaffected. With an epicentre at Quellón, to the south of Chiloé Island, the affected area is more than a thousand kilometres from the nation’s capital of Santiago.
Tourism hotspot Chile has been selected as the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards. The accolade demonstrates the potential of the South American country’s striking geographic contrasts, providing tourists with incomparable natural scenery for sports and adventure tourism. The winner was selected by people, both from within the hospitality industry and members of the public, from around the world through online voting.
Unique natural attractions, a wide variety of climates, and geographic diversity are some of the primary features that make Chile an unparalleled destination for adventure tourism. Hands down one of the best landscapes in the region can be seen while traveling on the Carretera Austral, one of the most beautiful roads in Patagonia which has been selected countless times as one of the most photogenic routes in America. Here Breaking Travel News finds out more.
Having been recognised as South America’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards in 2016, Breaking Travel News here takes a tour of the many wonderful sights this destination has to offer the thrill-seeking traveller.
British Airways is launching the only direct flight between London and Santiago, Chile from January 3rd, 2017. Santiago will become the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route, taking 14 hours 40 minutes, nearly an hour more than the current longest flight of 13 hours 50 minutes service to Buenos Aires. The four-a-week flight will be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First cabin.
A new campaign of Chile’s for international tourism promotion has been launched by the Subsecretaría de Turismo and Turismo Chile, the institution responsible for the promotion of Chile in international markets. This new campaign was launched in parallel in Sao Paulo, as part of the events at World Travel Market Latin America.
Have you ever wanted to explore another part of the world from the eyes of a native having the advantages of knowing all the great spots on and off the beaten path, but with special itineraries that meet your interests and timeline of travel?
Chile – already one of the most volcanically active countries in the world – has seen a chain of eruptions sweep across the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle range. As many as 3,500 people have been affected, with the border with Argentina also closed.
Chile has announced plans to invest $400 million in its passenger and cargo port infrastructure, as part of an ambitious plan to bolster its image as a leading cruise destination. Plans include the expansion of the Port of Valparaíso, development of a new pier at Port Williams, expansion of the Port of Punta Arenas and enhancement of passenger facilities at the Castro Port on Chiloe Island.
Authorities in Chile have extended a curfew in the second city of Concepcion as they seek to quell looting which has followed Saturday’s earthquake. Electricity and water supplies in the city remain suspended, while food supplies are also running out in some areas.
The death toll in the Chilean earthquake rose to more than 700 last night as rescue workers struggled to find survivors trapped in the wreckage and powerful aftershocks battered the country. About 350 deaths were in the holiday resort of Constitución, and scores of tourists remain unaccounted for.
Catalina Huidobro, Press Representative Europe, Chile Tourism speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2008