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Luxury Travel Updates From Latin America
Al Centro Media
on Jul 13, 2017
More Flight Options and...The World's Greatest City?
It seems to us that every month or two we're seeing a new announcement about
increased flights to Mexico
. As the country has passed the 30 million tourists mark, there's a mad rush to meet demand, and not just in the main beach resort centers.
According to tourism officials, Mexico added 2.4 million new airline seats in just the past year. To put that in perspective, Costa Rica gets about that many visitors
in an entire year! We've seen 40 new flights pop up since December, and not just from the same old cities. New routes have come to Austin, Oakland, Seattle, Denver, and Milwaukee, for instance.
In other good news for passengers,the Mexican government has ruled that the practice of charging a baggage fee for the first checked bag is illegal on international flights, paving the way for this hated practice to get forcibly dropped by American, Delta, and United. Fingers crossed.
Most industry people know there's a lot of ballot stuffing that goes on in the "readers polls" run by the glossy travel magazines. Topping one of those lists can dramatically change things forever in terms of awareness and bragging rights. Still, we've got to give a hearty congratulations to
San Miguel de Allende
in Mexico: they showed up #1 in the world in the "Best Cities" category from
Travel + Leisure
. This is on the heels of topping the similar
Conde Nast Traveler
poll a couple years earler.
There were a few guests at that party too:
in that city got voted the best city hotel in Mexico and Rosewood San Miguel de Allende showed up at #2.
Congrats also to the city of
, which showed up as the #6 city in the world. That's an impressive feat considering all the bad press in the past couple years from the local strikes and blockades.
We have detailed reviews of 9 or the top 10 Mexico resorts in their poll. We're not sure how that Hard Rock got in there...
We've been busy adding new hotel reviews since the last newsletter. On the heels of the news that Belmond has taken Casitas del Colca back over again in
, we've also reviewed the hot springs retreat there,
We've also got a rundown of the latest luxe resort to open in
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas
. That's the view from their infinity pool at the top.
Most of the people who live in
are happy to be less flooded with attention than San Miguel de Allende down the road, but the city is quite popular with Mexican tourists. More travelers with money are apparently stopping by because lots of investment cash went into the impressive new
Casa del Rector Hotel
in the historic center.
We also do updates regularly when we get back to a place after changes and improvements. This past month we've posted fully revised rundowns of
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Tierra Atacama in Chile
Watch the home page this week and you'll soon see a review for a major new opening in central Mexico -
. We'll also be adding an artsy hideout on Lake Atitlan in
On the update side, we're posting a new review of the revamped Libertador Arequipa in
and then a bit later their hotel in Puno .
We're working on a couple new vacation/retirement real estate stories for
: the Azuero Peninsula and Boquete.
Anyone industry types reading this heading to
, Argentina for the Adventure Travel World Summit this October? We'll be there, going on adventures and checking out the current hotel scene.
You can always keep up with what's new on
, where we talk about travel, tequila, rum, and more. You can also follow us on social media, including
. (Others are linked at the bottom too.)
If you run a business serving high-end travelers coming to Latin America, see our competitive
to connect with our wealthy, well-traveled readers..
Thanks for reading,
Timothy Scott, Editor
Luxury Latin America
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