Video: Ahead of the World Travel Awards South & Central America Gala Ceremony 2014 Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here sits down with newly appointed Ecuadorian tourism minister Sandra Naranjo to discuss the upcoming event. Minister Naranjo also discusses her ambitions for the office, the growing importance of the tourism sector to the Ecuadorian economy and the new markets the country is seeking to develop.
Switzerland used a dramatic stoppage time goal by Haris Seferovic to defeat Ecuador in its World Cup opening match.
Rapidly developing holiday destination Ecuador has everything to offer. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city saw visitor numbers exceed one million and in 2012, attaining considerable growth of 12 per cent on 2011. The reasons why travellers are choosing Ecuador in ever increasing numbers are as diverse as the region itself.
The government of Ecuador is slated to increase the country’s annual tourism budget from $40 million to $150 million, minister of tourism Vinicio Alvarado announced last week during TravelMart Latin America. The event is considered the leading regional tourism industry conference, and was hosted in Quito.
Ecuador is located on the equatorial line in northwestern South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean to the west, Colombia to the north, and Peru to the south and east. Ecuador is the eighth largest country in South America, at roughly the size of the US state of Nevada. Ecuador is 283,561 square kilometers in size and has a very diverse geography.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its second hotel in Ecuador as part of the group’s regional expansion. The seven-story 122-room Holiday Inn Hotel Guayaquil Airport in Guayaquil is adjacent to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.
Plans for Quito’s first ever metro line were confirmed to a global audience of more than 60 international tourism buyers and 50 exhibitors from 22 countries as the city played host to the world’s only cultural tourism exhibition. Also in South America today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Quito.