CARACAS, Venezuela–After announcing this week the devaluation of its currency (the Bolivar), the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is practically isolated. The Venezuelan travel agencies have stopped selling airline tickets after some international carriers like Air Europa, Iberia, Air France, Lufthansa, TAP-Portugal, TAME, COPA, United and American Airlines also decided to suspend ticket sales. The Venezuelan Government has a debt of up to 2800 million Euros with all the international airlines operating to the socialist country. This week governement officials met with Air Europa executives, hoping to find a solution in order to pay the debt with the airline, up to 130 million Euros, but it seems both parts couldn’t reach an agreement. The economist Francisco Faraco has defined the situation as “The Bankruptcy of the Venezuelan State”. Its believed that more airlines will suspend sales and most probably operations to Venezuelan airports in the near future.
TELA BAY, Honduras–On March 15th, the deluxe Indura Beach & Golf Resort will open in Tela Bay on the northern coast of Honduras. Just 50 minutes north of San Pedro-Sula International Airport, Indura is the first five star resort in the Central American country. The name of the resort is the translation of “Honduras” in the garifuna language and will feature a state-of-the-art golf course designed by Gary Player. A unique golf course surrounded by native mangroves and palm trees, local flora and fauna, and spectacular views of the Caribbean coastline. Dotting a lush tropical landscape the 60 junior suites are scattered in 15 villas that are interconnected by footpaths that meander to a pristine beach. The design incorporates the liberal use of local Honduran products and sustainable materials, including bamboo floors, walls of local pine, San Juan wood doors and decorative accents of Guanacaste wood. Anchored in the culinary traditions of Honduras, dining at Indura Beach & Golf Resort will be a relaxing, authentic experience that pairs indigenous ingredients grown on the property with local fare prepared with recipes and techniques borrowed from the Garifuna and South American cultures. The resulting dishes capture the essence of this corner of paradise while still remaining flavorful and familiar. The first of its kind in Honduras, the spa will be a reflection of an immersion in the culture of Honduras, both in design and development of treatments. A philosophy in tune with nature’s elements, Maina will be a sanctuary of relaxed simplicity designed around fragrant and serene water gardens. Gentle sea breezes will pass through private spa “casitas” capturing the essence of local flora while sunlight and shadows play lightly throughout the space. An outdoor lifestyle is fostered in the relaxation areas comprised of terraces, balconies and pools. Guests of Indura Beach & Golf Resort will be able to enjoy the resort but also the picturesque Jeannette Kawas National Park, a treasure trove of beaches, wetlands, tropical forests, coral reefs and lagoons and the Laguna de los Micos and the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens plus one-day tours to the Copan Archaeological Park. Even though the Honduran government plans to upgrade Tela Bay Airport, the best way to reach the resort from the U.S. will be using San Pedro-Sula’s International Airport that is serviced by American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Avianca.
LIBERIA, Costa Rica. — The Daniel Oduber International Airport, better known as Liberia International is expected to grow in the next three years to become Central America’s #1 “Leisure Airport”. The growth of this airport will be triggered by the future opening of five hotels and resorts in the Costa Rican Golden Coast. Alvaro Conejo, President of the Guanacastean Chamber of Tourism informed today that starting in December 2013 the group of new hotels will include: Enjoy Hotel in Panama Beach (96 rooms), in July 2014 the Courtyard Marriott at Papagayo Bay, and by the end of that year Hyatt Andaz Resort (153 rooms), Melia Paradisus Papagayo (379 rooms) and Dreams Las Mareas in Salinas Beach (447 rooms). The opening of these resorts will create up to 4000 new jobs in the Northern province of Costa Rica, well known for its breathtaking beaches and a great adventure destination. Francisco Cordero, Commercial Director for Liberia International Airport coincided that more airlines from the U.S., Europe and South America are expected to operate flights to the aiport (the new terminal was opened in January 2012), known as the “gateway to the Costa Rican Riviera”. As of today American Airlines operates flights from Miami and Dallas/Ft. Worth; DELTA from Atlanta and Minneapolis; Jetblue from New York-JFK; Frontier Airlines from Denver; United Airlines from Houston, Newark and Chicago; USAirways from Charlotte; Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal; WestJet from Toronto and COPA Airlines from Panama City.