Latin America

Latin America’s big economies falter: Brazil, Mexico and Argentina all contracting in first quarter

The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to the lowest rate since the financial crisis in its latest outlook issued in April. The world economy will grow 3.3 % this year, down from the 3.5 % the IMF had forecast for 2019 in January, according to the latest World Economic Outlook. World trade, which had been growing at about 5%, expanded by 3.8% last year and is forecast to rise 3.4% in 2019. Latin America is particularly hard hit, […]

The State of São Paulo, Brazil, evaluating PPP opportunities for 20 regional airports through IOS Partners

International economic development consulting and financial advisory firm IOS Partners has been awarded a major multi-airport master planning consultancy to evaluate the opportunities for private-public partnerships for regional airports in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Under the agreement, IOS Partners will focus on rationalizing State participation in the regional airports, and identify and compare […]

ForwardKeys: Argentina’s economic woes entice tourists

International travelers are flocking to Argentina, taking advantage of the poorly performing peso to boost the value of their holiday spending money, reports travel booking analyst company ForwardKeys. Bookings for March to May are ahead 11.2% compared to last year, says the research firm. For South America as a whole, bookings are ahead 5.8%. In […]

Panama tenders $9 million cruise terminal operation

The Panama Maritime Authority has announced the tender for the operation and maintenance of the cruise terminal on Perico Island. The terminal is located at Panama City’s Amador Causeway, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. In this phase of the project, the terminal will be able to berth two large ships up to 380 meters/1,247 […]

WEBB Banks reinforces number one position in Caribbean

WEBB Banks, the newly created wine and spirits super distributor, is having fantastic success in the region, CEO Andy Consuegra tells TMI. Created from the joining of North Carolina’s Banks Channel and Miami’s WEBB, the merger gave the combined company the scale, the leverage and breadth of portfolio that the partners did not have separately, […]

Rituals global expansion gathers pace as brand opens first store in Americas travel retail at London Supply

  Rituals teamed up with Essence Corp, its Americas distributor, to open the brand’s first travel retail store in the region, located at London Supply’s Puerto Iguazu duty free complex. The 28sq m shop-in-shop, which opened Feb. 2, features a large assortment of Rituals products including fragrance sticks, candles, perfumes, gift sets and products from […]

Waked sues National Bank of Panama for losses due to actions taken after company was listed on US Clinton list

Abdul Waked, founder of former leading travel retail company Grupo Wisa, has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the National Bank of Panama (BNP), claiming damages, loss and loss-of- profit stemming from actions taken after Waked and his businesses were included by the U.S. Treasury Department on the “Clinton List” for activities linked to money laundering […]

3Sixty and Avianca Holdings sign agreement for On Line Market Platform for Latin American airline network

3Sixty (formerly DFASS) and airline group Avianca Holdings (AVH) have signed an agreement to convert the current inflight concessions with AVH’s controlled airlines into an innovative pre-order duty free and duty paid platform. The new Joint Business Agreement (JBA) will start with Avianca (Colombia), Aerogal (Ecuador), TACA (Peru), and LACSA (Costa Rica), and will service […]

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