A new milestone in connectivity has been reached in Ecuador, with the inaugural flight of low-cost airline Wingo on the Quito-Bogota route. There was a celebratory atmosphere at Mariscal Sucre Airport before the first passengers boarded the new flight, which will join both capital cities with four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The general assembly of Airports Council International Latin America-Caribbean appointed its new officers for a term of two years. Corporación Quiport, in the person of its president Andrew O’Brian, was elected first vice president of the organisation, which represents airports in the region.
Breaking Travel News talks to Patricio Gaybor, General Director, Quito Tourism at World Travel Market 2016. Quito Tourism has led winners at the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony 2016, taking the title of Latin America’s Leading Destination for the fourth consecutive year. Here we find out more.
Quiteños have been treated to a visual feast as the city is turned into an architectural canvas for the Fiesta de la Luz. Celebrated in conjunction with the United Nations Habitat III Conference, tourists joined locals to watch the spectacular as the UNESCO World Heritage-recognised old town was turned into a sea of light.
From October 17th-20th Quito, the capital of Ecuador, will welcome more than 30,000 people at the Habitat III conference, the global summit of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The event is celebrated every 20 years and will be the first summit ever to be held in a Latin American city.
A brand new sustainable luxury boutique hotel has opened in the heart of the bustling historic district of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The Carlota Hotel is located in a renovated house built at the turn of the century circa 1905 and is the first hotel in the country to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified by the US.
For the third year running, Mariscal Sucre International Airport has been recognised by the World Travel Awards as South America’s Leading Airport. At a gala ceremony at Swissôtel Lima in Perú, Andrew O’Brian, president, Corporación Quipor, accepted the trophy.
Travel PR and marketing agency Lotus has been appointed to promote travel to the Ecuadorian capital Quito in the United Kingdom. Lotus will be working in alliance with Newlink Group, an internationally recognised consulting firm, to execute an integrated communications and marketing programme in the UK market. Quito, the first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Latin America’s bourgeoning metropolises.
In Ecuador, an emergency terminal set up by Quiport has led efforts to help the tourism industry to recover after the earthquake. The city of Manta, one of the main tourism destinations in Ecuador on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, was disconnected from the rest of the country by air after the 7.8 earthquake which hit on April 16th and left the passenger terminal of the city’s airport unusable for commercial flights.
With voting set to close at the World Travel Awards in just a few days, Breaking Travel News editor here chats with Quito Tourism general manager Gabriela Sommerfeld to discuss the importance of the programme and the city’s efforts to attract voters. With Ecuador also hit by an earthquake earlier this year, Sommerfeld is keen to point out the capital is ‘open for business’.
Quito mayor Mauricio Rodas has urged international tourists to visit the city following an earthquake on the east coast of Ecuador. Saying “the best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador,” mayor Rodas has a simple message for the world: “Please visit us.”
Ecuador experienced a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, April 16th, with 413 people confirmed dead. The epicentre was located off the pacific coast and affected mainly coastal areas, while populated areas in the highlands, such as the capital Quito, felt tremors but were largely unaffected.