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Turk­ish Air­lines adds two Latin Amer­i­can desti­na­tion, Brazil ho­tels slump...

Turk­ish adds two more des­ti­na­tions in Latin Amer­ica

Turk­ish Air­lines has ex­panded in Latin Amer­ica with the launch of two more des­ti­na­tions. The new ser­vice will see Turk­ish fly from Is­tan­bul to Cara­cas, Venezuela’s cap­i­tal. The out­bound flight will op­er­ate via Cuba's cap­i­tal Ha­vana, while the return ser­vice will run di­rect back from Cara­cas to Is­tan­bul. Ha­vana and Cara­cas be­comes Turk­ish Air­lines' fifth and sixth des­ti­na­tions in Latin Amer­ica.

Brazil ho­tels con­tinue to strug­gle

Brazil ho­tel sec­tor con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence de­clin­ing revPAR in Novem­ber. Ac­cord­ing to STR's lat­est data, the coun­try suf­fered de­clin­ing oc­cu­pancy (-7.8% to 55.5%) and av­er­age daily rate (-8.9% to BRL275.11, ap­prox. US$85) dur­ing the month, re­sult­ing in a dou­ble-digit revPAR de­cline (-16.0% to BRL152.82). In A com­bi­na­tion of eco­nomic woes and ris­ing room sup­ply is im­pact­ing per­for­mance.

Royal Caribbean gets green light for Cuban cruises

Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional has been granted per­mis­sion to op­er­ate its first ever cruises to Cuba. The com­pany now says it is plan­ning to an­nounce its first Cuban itin­er­ar­ies, sail­ing from Florida, in the near fu­ture. The Royal Caribbean and Aza­mara cruise brands will both sail to Cuba. Mean­while, Car­ni­val's Fathom brand has been ap­proved to op­er­ate six ad­di­tional voy­ages to Cuba.

Avianca wel­comes Boe­ing’s 500th Dream­liner

Colom­bia’s Avianca has taken de­liv­ery of the 500th Dream­liner air­craft ever pro­duced by Boe­ing. The new 787-8 be­comes the ninth Dream­liner in the Colom­bian na­tional car­rier's fleet, with out­stand­ing or­ders for a fur­ther six. The air­craft comes equipped with 250 seats in two classes - 28 in busi­ness class and 222 in econ­omy. Avianca also has out­stand­ing or­ders for 10 Air­bus A350 air­craft.

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