German Efromovich, senior partner of AviancaTaca airline, recommends ways to speed your passage through Guarulhos Airport. German Efromovich excuses himself in a very courtly manner for the way he looks, having just arrived from another part of the world. His day-old beard is a visible sign of his heavy travel schedule. The night before, he [...]
Insights and advice are provided by Juan Antonio Nino, president of Active Capital Reinsurance, Panama City, Panama, and by Monti Castaneda, research coordinator for the NYU Cancer Center, New York City, USA, and a pro-bono collaborator with Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health, Princeton, USA. Latin Trade: What do you like best about traveling to Guatemala [...]
Located in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica, the four-star Hotel Presidente is close to restaurants, shops, offices and cultural sites. There are five categories of rooms, including junior suites measuring 1600 to 2100 square feet and grand spa suites of 2150 square feet. Concierge Johnatan Acuna offers suggestions to make the most of your visit [...]
Information and advice supplied by Claude Alcaras, SMAM Mutuelle delegate, Osa Peninsula Costa Rica; Julio Gamero, vice president of Avianca TACA Regional Airlines and executive president of AeroGal in Ecuador; Jose Luis Lopez, president of Comercio Europeo CESA S.A. of Madrid. Latin Trade: What do you like best about traveling to San Jose de Costa [...]
The 229-room Sheraton Ambassador Monterrey Hotel is centrally located near the Macroplaza, one of Monterrey’s main geographic hubs. The property has a health club, outdoor pool, tennis and racquetball courts, plus 11 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom that accommodates 750 people. Concierge Andres Santiago offers his tips for making the most out of a [...]
Insights and advice from Carlos de Leon, general manager of Hotel Catedral in Puerto Vallarta and a Monterrey native; Jose Luis Anaya, the Guadalajara-based owner of Photofolio, a store in Monterrey; and Mark Ackerman, national sales manager for Hertz Corporation in Mexico City. Latin Trade: What do you like most about traveling to Monterrey? [...]
Insights and advice from Francisco J. Cerezo, partner and chairman of the Latin America Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP; Nigel L. Page, senior vice president of the Americas at Emirates; and Paulo Piovano, president of Techint Inc., an Argentine who lives in New York. Latin Trade: What do you like most about traveling to [...]
The Hilton Buenos Aires is one of the largest hotels in the fast-growing Puerto Madero district. The 417-room property centers around a seven-story glass atrium lobby, and it features more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Concierges Charles Budden and Sebastian Blaser offer tips for making the most out of a visit to this [...]
Insights and advice from Daniel Picciotto, president of Colombia-based PDC Vinos y Licores Ltda., and José Luis Portela, general manager of the Chilean subsidiary of Spain’s Telepizza. L.T. What do you like most about traveling to Santiago? Daniel Picciotto: As a frequent traveler, I appreciate the efficiency of the city’s airport and the fact that [...]
Firsthand tips for visiting Mexico’s capital.
Concierge Agnes Ignacio at the Four Seasons Hotel, ranked as Mexico City’s top hotel for business by participants in Latin Trade’s annual travel survey, offers her advice and tips for visiting the Mexican metropolis.
First-hand tips for visiting Brazil’s business hub.
Insights and advice from Jose Antonio Rios, chairman of Global Crossing, Latin America, and David Berger, managing director, Latin America & Caribbean, NAI Global.
The Hilton São Paulo Morumbi was ranked as the No. 1 hotel in the city in Latin Trade’s 2011 business travel survey. Interview with chief concierge Caio Vega.
A practical guide for business travelers to the Colombia capital.
The JW Marriott Bogota, which opened its doors in July 2010, was only the second Marriott in all of Colombia. The property gets high marks from business travelers, who ranked it as the No. 1 hotel in Bogota in Latin Trade’s annual reader survey.
The booming local economy and upcoming international sporting events bring new investments and an increasingly cosmopolitan flavor to this ‘marvelous’ beachside city.
How to Get There: Most regional and international carriers offer direct service from major cities to Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. Many domestic flights land in Santos Dumont airport, which is adjacent to downtown.
The Four Seasons Hotel Miami opened in 2003 in what is the tallest building in the southern United States. The 70-story skyscraper sits at the southern end of Miami’s Brickell Avenue business district and houses residences, offices and a 50,000-square-foot gym in addition to the hotel. The Four Seasons’ lobby is situated on the seventh floor as is its swimming pool, which is surrounded by lush tropical plants and offers bathers a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline. The Brickell neighborhood has evolved over the past decade, putting Four Seasons guests within walking distance of not only major banks, corporate offices and consulates but also a plethora of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Le Méridien Panama opened its doors in September 2009, becoming the first urban outpost in all of Latin America—and only the second location in the region overall—of the elegant hotel chain originally founded in France. Starwood Hotel & Resorts took over Le Méridien in 2005, and the Panama hotel, designed by renowned local architect Ignacio Mallol, embodies the chain’s new contemporary look. Situated within the financial district near the Bay of Panama, Le Méridien offers views of both the Pacific Ocean and Panama City’s glittering skyline. In addition to working as a concierge, Sofía Márquez, age 23, is training to become an events planner.
LIMA — Travelers planning to explore the lofty Incan city of Machu Picchu take note: More pre-Colombian ruins as well as typical Andean villages and other sights surrounding the historic capital city of Cusco and the Urubamba Valley are worth adding on to the itinerary.
Built as offices in Argentina’s glory days in 1921 and later converted into residences, the buildings that comprise the Sofitel Buenos Aires Arroyo have been transformed into a stylish and modern hotel. The French chain opened its doors to its first guests in December 2002 after a renovation that blended modern French elegance with the Art Deco architecture of the original construction. Located near the well-known Plaza San Martín and Retiro Park in the Argentine capital’s Microcentro, the hotel offers easy access to the financial district, a plethora of restaurants and the more modern Puerto Madero shopping, restaurant and residential area. Concierge Pablo Castro, 42, has been with Sofitel since the opening and is a member of the concierge association, Les Clefs d´Or Argentina.
The northwest corner of the Iberian Penisula is home to one of Europe’s oldest shrines and a distinctive local culture tied to the sea.
A native of Mexico’s bustling capital, José Parra joined what is now the Hilton Mexico City Reforma in 2002 and rose to chief concierge a year later. Parra remained on his post after last year’s renovation and reflagging of the former Sheraton property. The five-star hotel, in front of Alameda Park, is walking distance to the colonial downtown district and close to the Paseo de la Reforma business area.
Visitors will find everything from colonial grandeur to modern efficiency in South America’s economic powerhouse, where most tourist areas emerged unscathed from the February earthquake.
Lincoln de Melo has worked at the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel for three years, the last two at the concierge desk. De Melo, 30, says one of the best aspects of his job is discovering new things about his ever-evolving hometown and sharing them with visitors from around the world.
In 1946, Hollywood star Rita Hayworth touched down on the glittery shores of Acapulco Bay, turning a small but stylish hotel called Boca Chica into her home base as she filmed “The Lady from Shanghai” with actor/director — and then-husband — Orson Welles.
Concierge Jhennifer Calvillo at the Real InterContinental Guatemala in Guatemala City likes to show off her native country to guests, especially foreign visitors. The 26-year-old Cavillo worked in the airline industry before joining the hotel group three years ago. Guatemala, she says, has “many beautiful cultures that the world doesn’t know very well.” What restaurant [...]
Art and culture make a splash in this modern business center.
Tips from concierge July Fonda at the Gran Meliá in Caracas, Venezuela. Fonda was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador but moved to Venezuela at the age of five. She started out five years ago as a receptionist at the Meliá, and has been a concierge at the hotel for nearly three years.