Travel industry Archive

What Ever Happened to That Mandarin Oriental in Mexico?

Yes, for about four years there was a Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Their second foray into Mexico went out with a whimper a year ago after struggling to get traction amidst a recession and stiff competition. So for now the brand is gone from Latin America. Fortunately a new [...]

Design Hotels That Serve the Young, Rich, and Artsy

I just attended a luxury travel conference attended by expensive hotels and tour companies catering to the wealthy. This is nothing new, but the focus of this one was new: the “creative class” travelers who want their fine linens and concierges to come with a ladle full of cool. Boutique hotels have gone from occasional [...]

The Shifting Crime Scene in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is getting safer. Is that the whole story though? NPR has been running some excellent Morning Edition reports this week specifically focused on violence in Latin America. Travel publications and news outlets both tend to either ignore or over-hype the crime situation in various places, but we try to keep it real [...]

Two Luxury Panama Hotels Now Marriotts

We try not to spend much time covering the ins and outs of the hotel industries as the signs on the door change often throughout the world. But two prominent hotels we’ve reviewed in Panama changed from independent properties to Marriott brands recently, so we’ve updated our reviews. The major one is the Buenaventura Resort [...]

Travel Related News From Latin America – April ’13

Having a new pope come from Argentina should be good news when it comes to numbers. Canada and the USA combined have 86 million Catholics. South America has 339 million. Tired of hearing Argentina’s politicians’ sabre-rattling about the Falkland Islands, the locals went to the polls to vote in a referendum. Only 3 out of 1,513 [...]