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Destination News - Latin America / Caribbean.

New York, Delray Beach (AirGuide - Destination News Latin America / Caribbean) Mar 4, 2012

Avis Rent a car Avis Offers Late-Model Vehicles to Rent in South America. Avis is renting late-model vehicles in South America in locations ranging from Medellin in the north to southernmost Tierra del Fuego, and from Quito on the Pacific coast to Joao Pessoa, Brazil, the easternmost city on the continent. OAvis is committed to having a robust presence throughout South America, from established destinations such as Brazil to emerging tourism growth areas such as Uruguay,O said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. In South America, most Avis locations are operated by independently owned licensees. Avis has 68 locations in Argentina, four in Bolivia, 85 in Brazil, 24 in Chile, six in Colombia, eight in Uraguay and six in Venezuela. Feb 28, 2012

Collette Vacations Collette Vacations Offers Second Tour to Cuba. Collette Vacations is offering its second tour to Cuba. Collette Travel Service has been issued a license by the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which authorizes its registered guests under the auspices of Collette to legally travel to Cuba, to participate and engage in a full-time schedule of authorized educational exchange activities in Cuba, which will involve interaction with people in Cuba. Prior to departure, Collette will provide clients with a Letter of Authorization to confirm their legal travel status, the authorized travel agenda and activities, and your recordkeeping responsibilities. Clients will spend seven nights in Havana, visit an organic farm in Pinar del Rio and explore the architectural heritage in Matanzas. The Heart of Cuba tour, with departure dates from May through November, includes a walking tour through the four main plazas of Old Havana, a visit to the National Aquarium in Havana for a dolphin show and workshop with divers to learn about CubaOs marine conservation efforts, a meeting with an organic farmer and his family while going on an informative tour of their harvest in Viales, and a visit to the Afro-Cuban Religion museum in Guanabacoa to learn about the religious practices of the island. Collette Vacations is also offering Rediscover Cuba -- A Cultural Exploration, which includes stays in Havana and Trinidad and a visit to Cienfuegos. Both tours offer visits to the Ernest Hemingway House, Finca Viga (Lookout Farm), a meeting with a Cuban family in their own paladar (a privately owned and operated restaurant) for dinner, listening to live traditional music and a lecture on the instruments used to produce the distinctive OSounds of Cuba,O and going to the Casa Fuster, the colorful home of Jos Fuster, where one of the artistOs apprentices or even the artist himself will be on hand to talk about his work, inspired by Antoni Gaud, a notable figure in Spanish architecture. Mar 1, 2012

Florida Visit Florida Releases 2012 Travel Planner, Transportation Map. Visit Florida, the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida, announced that the Florida Official Transportation Map and the 2012 Visit Florida Magazine are now available. Both publications provide rich Florida travel planning content that is also available online and on mobile devices. The 2012 edition of the Visit Florida Magazine, the stateOs premier travel planning publication, serves as a comprehensive stand-alone magazine with articles and images highlighting activities and destinations of interest to visitors in the Sunshine State. The magazine is also a resource for locating the rich content accessible via smartphone and other mobile devices. Consumers will find Microsoft tags throughout both the magazine and map. Readers can snap the tag with their smartphoneOs camera to see related videos, photo galleries, articles, deals and events. Hard copies of the Visit Florida Magazine and the Official Florida Transportation Map are being distributed to consumers via direct request, at sales shows, in the five official Florida Welcome Centers and by tourism industry businesses throughout the state. Tourism organizations who wish to provide the publications to their customers are invited to place bulk orders. Feb 29, 2012

Mexico Mrida, Mexico, showcases its vibrant Mayan heritage. The city of Mrida in the Mexican state of Yucatn hums with life night after night with exuberant activities that celebrate its people's Mayan culture. Traditional dances, fairs and musicians continue to draw visitors who wish to see a city that refuses to let go of its roots. Mar 2, 2012

Mientras Tango Argentineans to tango through Jamaica, Queens . One of the most popular romantic dance forms in the world takes center stage in Jamaica, Queens this weekend. Back by popular demand, the Mientras Tango Company will dazzle attendees with the elegant artistry of tango this Saturday, March 3, 2012. The Argentinean group will feature at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Jamaica, Queens - an increasingly popular venue for showcasing global cultural presentations. Following a successful engagement there last season, the Mientras Tango Company, comprising an internationally acclaimed group of Argentinean tango artists, returns to the stage at 8 p.m. with their presentation of "MIENTRAS TANGO (While We Tango) 2012". The Octavio Brunetti Tango Quintet - featuring Octavio Brunetti on piano, Pedro Giraudo on double bass, Machiko Ozawa on violin, Juan Pablo Jofre on bandonen and Adam Tully on guitar - will provide the accompaniment for the athletic dancing artistry of Orlando Reyes Ibarra, Adriana Salgado Neira, Carlos Caedo and Jennifer Wesnousky. "Mientras Tango Company's performance was one of our last season's highlights," recalled Philip Willis, executive eirector of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), managers of JPAC, "and we are looking forward to yet another enthralling performance." The group has graced such world-class stages as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall and The Beacon Theatre in New York City, and has performed with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Jennifer Lopez. The show will take place in JPAC's 400-seat auditorium, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, where the unique architectural elements of a 19th century church has been incorporated into the construction of a 21st century performing arts theater. The facility is easily accessible by public transportation, including bus and subway (E, F, J and Z lines) as well as the LIRR. Feb 28, 2012

Royal Caribbean Cruises RCCL Exercises Option for Second Project Sunshine Ship. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. exercised its option to build a second Project Sunshine-class cruise ship to be delivered in the spring 2015. The ship will be built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on substantially the same terms as the first Sunshine ship. OThis confirms our continued confidence in the success of this new generation of ships and our strong conviction about the Royal Caribbean International brand,O said Richard D. Fain, RCCL chairman and CEO. The original order, placed just over a year ago, was for one ship to be delivered in fall 2014 with the option. The 158,000-ton newbuilds will carry just over 4,100 guests based on double occupancy. Feb 29, 2012

SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream Schedules Two Scuba Dive Voyages in December. SeaDream Yacht Club in December will operate two itineraries designed for diving. SeaDream I sails from San Juan to St. Thomas, Dec. 9 to 6, and SeaDream II will cruise from St. Thomas to San Juan, Dec. 16 to 22. On both voyages, the first dive site is Culebra, located 17 miles east of Puerto Rico. CulebraOs reefs are in excellent condition and abundant with marine life. The second dive site is Saba, the premier dive spot in the Caribbean. Then, an overnight in St. Barts, which has a marine park with sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas and angelfish. The final days are spent yachting in the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Norman Island and Virgin Gorda. Feb 27, 2012

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