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American Airlines

Whether on business or for pleasure, there isn't a more comfortable or convenient travel option than American Airlines. As the world's largest airline network and a founding member of the oneworld alliance, American reaches over 250 cities in 41 countries.

American Airlines offers more room throughout coach than any other airline, so passengers can travel comfortably to all of its destinations.

The excellent service offered by American isn't limited to the skies. It can also be experienced on the ground while visiting the Admirals Clubs--in 44 airports throughout the world--where members can relax surrounded by elegance and personalized, professional service, or stay connected to their business through services such as wireless Internet access (available in the United States).

American rewards its frequent fliers through the AAdvantage" program that offers special benefits through American affiliates like hotels and car-rental companies, among many others. In fact, American Airlines AAdvantage" program was a Reader's Choice for Best Frequent Flyer Program by readers of Latin Trade magazine. www.aa.com/espanol

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has built a reputation for meeting the unique needs of business and leisure travelers for 57 years. A true international hotel chain, InterContinental has gracefully mastered mixing global service standards with a city's local flair.

Today, there are more than 135 InterContinental hotels worldwide, including 20 in business districts throughout Latin America. InterContinental has maintained its position as one of the world's most prestigious brands by broadening amenities, upgrading properties, and continuously raising the bar for service standards.

Some of InterContinental's latest service standards include: In An Instant. Improving speed and efficiency of checking in and out The "Instant Service" button on guest-room phones can access any hotel service required. Around The Clock Services. Amenities such as room service and gym facilities, among others, are available 24 hours a day.

Little Things Make A Difference. Hotel concierges provide guests with insider information on the city they are visiting. Guests also receive a jet lag recovery kit and a currency pack, containing small change and advice on local tipping. www.intercontinental.com

Visa

There is such a thing as a perfect trip. Provided, that is, that you take your Visa card, the best way to experience added benefits and unparalleled acceptance, every step of the way.

It starts at the beginning of your trip. Is there any other way to make an airline reservation than with your Visa card? Besides, just by using your Visa card to buy your tickets, you automatically are protected with accident insurance. Once you reach your destination, you can be sure that you will be safe and protected with emergency services in case your card is lost or stolen. Have no cash on hand when you get to the airport? No problem. Visa, the most preferred method of payment for business and travel, is accepted at over 22 million locations worldwide, ATMs included.

Check into your hotel, rent a car, or take advantage of a plethora of Visa offers, which allow you added perks and benefits due to unique partnerships with premium brands, from Ritz-Canton Hotels to Silversea Cruises, most major airlines and every major car rental agency in the world.

Visa benefits are meticulously put together to best suit the needs of each individual consumer, and Visa programs are always designed to provide added value to costumers. Most importantly, nothing can beat the unsurpassed acceptance of Visa. Make your plans and make sure they include Visa. Life Takes Visa. www.visaltam.com

Marriott Hotels

For all the ways you travel, and for all the places you go, Marriott provides you a world of possibilities, whether you are traveling on a business trip, vacation, a quick getaway, or planning a meeting. From high levels of personal service and business amenities at Marriott's gateway city hotels, to superb dining options and recreational diversions at full-service luxury resorts, the Marriott family of hotels will certainly cover all of your needs, with more than 2,600 hotels throughout the world, including 35 in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Business Highlights: Fully equipped business centers, high-speed Internet access, Executive Level floors, flexible meeting facilities, teleconferencing and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

Leisure Highlights: A full range of breathtaking destinations and activities to choose from: White sand beaches, world-class spas, championship golf courses, tennis courts, children's programs, superb dining, exciting casinos and endless recreational options.

For reservations and more information, please contact your travel professional, your nearest Marriott office or visit www.marriott.com.

American Express

American Express offers a comprehensive Corporate Travel Program, with worldwide reservation and booking services for air, hotel and car. Of particular growing importance to Latin American customers is the American Express Corporate Travel Interactive Program.

This program features AXI Plus, an innovative Web-based travel booking system that offers substantial savings through greater policy compliance, enhanced processing efficiencies, and reduced fulfillment costs. However, what makes the travel booking system most successful are the many benefits offered to travelers. The benefits are three-fold: Traveler Convenience and Control * Simple and intuitive interface design provides quick/easy navigation and profile building, 24/7 * Travelers can easily change their profiles and pre-trip itinerary online, without having to contact a travel counselor Trip templates store frequently traveled itineraries so repeat booking can be made quickly * Flights can be sorted by cost, carrier or flight times for easy comparisons. * Enhanced Booking Capabilities * Simultaneous air, hotel and car search lets travelers make bookings faster * Periodic flight delay and cancellation notices can be sent by e-mail to travelers via pager, mobile phone or PDA * Driving directions and maps ava ilable for most hotels * Search for hotels by name or chain to aid in selection. * Extensive Support Services * 24/7 Spanish, Portuguese or English assistance for travel-related and navigational questions from experienced interactive travel specialists * Helpful trip planning tools include destination guides, conversion charts, currency calculators and travel advice * Supported by American Express' global services network.

For more information, visit www.americanexpress.com

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo

The new Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, the first Hyatt International hotel in Brazil, is located in the prestigious Marginal Pinheiros business district, close to the offices of major corporations and to several shopping centers. Congonhas domestic airport is less than 15 minutes away and Guarulhos international airport is a 50-minute journey.

This stylish hotel features 470 luxurious and spacious rooms and suites contemporarily designed, offering extensive work areas with broadband Internet connections, flat screen televisions and spacious bathrooms. Grand Club floors provide exclusive accommodation with dedicated concierge, private boardroom and a lounge offering daily continental breakfast, early evening cocktails and all day tea and coffee service.

The Amanary Spa has private rooms for relaxation and beauty treatments. Sauna, gym, and indoor and outdoor pools complement the spa facilities.

Comtemporary French, Japanese and Italian cuisines are featured in three signature restaurants. Sample international wines from a wine library housing over 2,500 bottles, or relax in the Upstairs Bar and Lounge with live music and Brazilian cocktails.

With distinguished style, superior accomodations and exceptional standards, Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo is setting new standards of luxury and service in Sao Paulo. For more information, please contact the hotel at Av. das Nacoes Unidas 13.301, Sao Paulo, SP 04578-000 Brazil, tel (55) (11) 6838-1234, fax (55) (11) 6838 1235, e-mail info@hyatt.com.br. www.saopaulo.hyatt.com

Hyatt Regency Santiago

Hyatt Regency Santiago, catering to both business and leisure travelers' needs, is perfectly located 25 km from Santiago International Airport and 8 km from the city's business district.

Famous for its outgoing guest service and great commodities, recognized by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Latin Trade, this 310-room hotel has spacious split-level guest rooms and suites for executives with garden terraces, all offering stunning views of the Andes mountains.

The five upper floors are reserved for executives who desire special services, such as an exclusive concierge, daily breakfast buffet and evening cocktails. The Business Centre counts with highly trained multilingual staff offering state-of-the-art equipment.

Dining at the Hyatt Regency Santiago is a feast for the senses, including three international restaurants: Thai, Italian and Japanese, as well as an English bar and a lobby lounge. The Banquet & Convention Centre offers a diversity of completely equipped meeting rooms.

For more information, please contact the Hyatt Regency Santiago, Av. Kennedy 4601, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile, tel. (562) 218-1234, fax (562) 218 2513, e-mail info@hyatt.cl, website: www.santiago.hyatt.cam.

MasterCard Global Service[TM]

MasterCard cardholders who travel internationally need access to the same kinds of emergency and support services that are available to them at home. When their cards get lost or stolen, when they need cash, or when they require account information, they appreciate receiving prompt assistance, day or night, in a language they understand. MasterCard Global Service provides unprecedented emergency customer service--anytime, anywhere, and in any language. Cardholders can obtain assistance via one of 79 toll-free telephone lines.

Key phone numbers: Argentina: 0800-555-0507 * Brazil: 0800-891-3294 * Canada: 1-800-307-7309 * Mexico: 001-800-307-7309 * Spain: 900-97-1231 * United States: 1-800-307-7309 * From all other locations, call collect to the United States at 1-636-722-7111.

Services: Access to account information * Reporting lost/stolen cards * Emergency card replacement * Emergency cash advance * ATM locations * Access to insurance and card enhancement services. * These services are available on most Premium cards issued by financial institutions in Latin America: MasterAssist" provides emergency medical and legal referrals, travel assistance, and pre-trip destination information. * MasterAssist" Plus provides insurance coverage in the event of a medical emergency * MasterTravel [TM] provides travel accident insurance * MasterRental[TM] provides coverage for accidents, theft and loss on car rentals Concierge service provides personal assistance with restaurant reservations, tickets to events and personal shopping. * Website: www.mastercard.com

Summit Hotels & Resorts

Summit Hotels & Resorts is an international collection of, privately owned and managed hotels. With over 140 unique hotels in more than 100 key destinations worldwide, Summit offers its guests a truly exceptional experience. In Latin America, choose from honeymoon retreats, prestigious city center hotels or luxurious resorts in over 20 destinations.

Since each hotel is independent and individual, each experience is personal and unique. Most of Summit's hotels offer Signature Services, something that makes them stand out from other hotels.

The Bogota Plaza Hotel & Convention Center welcome guests with coffee and a homemade cookie. The Excelsior Hotel in Paraguay offers free airport transfers, a welcome drink and free wireless Internet access for all guests. At Summit's 9 Quinta Real hotels in Mexico and Guatemala, guests can choose from a pillow menu for a perfect night's sleep. The Pestana hotels in Rio and Bahia offer specially chilled towels. Most unusual of all is the Libertador Arequipa, where you can have your photo taken with a local alpaca.

Whether you're traveling on business or pleasure in Latin America, book online at www.summithotels.com or call, in Argentina (54) (11) 4390 4043, Brazil (0800) 55 1821, Mexico (52) (55) 5387 9604 and the United States, 1 800 457 4000 and experience the difference.

JW Marriott Mexico City

The luxurious five-star JW Marriott Mexico City has been designed to meet the needs of the most discerning clientele. When traveling on business or pleasure, JW Marriott guests will receive the excellence of service available only through Marriott. At the JW Marriott, the Mexican tradition of hospitality is perfectly balanced with a professional style of management where nothing is left to chance.

The JW Marriott Hotel is conveniently located in the exclusive Polanco area within walking distance of some of the best restaurants and boutiques in Mexico City.

The room decor offers a welcoming Mexican ambiance. International daily newspapers, a business center, express check-in and checkout, the JW health club and other amenities are just a few of the many services which the JW Marriott offers.

The JW Marriott is proud to present its JW Italian Restaurant, where diners can savor marvelously presented, delicious dishes, which the chef prepares one by one. For a delightful and brisk breakfast, lunch or evening snack, the Pergamino Restaurant is the ideal place.
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