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New Hotels to Debut in South America


South America is enjoying double-digit hotel growth. Accor Hotels goal is to have 500 hotels by 2020 in the region.  Market priorities are Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Chile. Everything is about economic stability and social stability. These countries have shown that they’re moving toward a more tranquil moment.


Marriott International plans to open the 210-room AC Hotel by Marriott Cartagena and the 201-room Cartagena Marriott Hotel by 2018. And even more properties are in the works for Marriott’s recently added Starwood portfolio. Scheduled to open by the end of his year are the Sheraton Cartagena in Colombia, and Four Points by Sheraton Cuenca in Ecuador. Slated to open in 2017 are Sheraton Santos Hotel in Brazil; Four Points by Sheraton Cusco in Peru; and Aloft Montevideo in Uruguay. Openings for 2018 include Sheraton Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, and Aloft Miraflores Reducto in Lima.


IHG plans to open multiple properties in Brazil in 2017, including Holiday Inn Goiania, Holiday Inn Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha, Holiday Inn Express Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha and Holiday Inn Express Belem Nazare. Also scheduled to debut in 2017 are InterContinental Punta Piqueros in Chile and the Crowne Plaza Barranquilla in Colombia.


Hilton Worldwide has seven hotels in development in Peru, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Iquitos and Hampton by Hilton Tarapoto, both to open in 2017, and Hampton by Hilton Trujillo, slated to debut in 2018. Also in the works is Hilton Santiago Las Condes, which is to open in 2021 in Chile.


Hyatt Hotels, which this year debuted the 436-room Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro and 178-room Hyatt Centric Montevideo, is to open the 261-room Hyatt Regency Cartagena in February 2017 and the 297-room Grand Hyatt Bogota by 2018.



Mexico Pacific


Between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, is a stretch of land that seems untouched. This is Costalegre.


The Costalegre runs along Highway 200 from Careyes to Punta Dorada offering natural beauty and privacy. Worthwhile stops include Navidad Bay, Tenacatita Bay, Costa Careyes and Cabo Corrientes which are prime destinations for ecotourism. Accommodations include everything from budget hostels to luxury resorts. Costa Careyes Resort is a gated enclave with mansions, villas, casitas and bungalows, directly on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.


Playa Careyes is the most-visited destination on the Costalegre. Popular activities include diving, swimming, kayaking and windsurfing. A golf course is nearby, as well as tennis courts and a polo club.


Some of Costalegre’s best beaches are in Cabo Corrientes, an expanse of 45 miles of sand that feels like paradise. Wildlife abounds here, with armadillos, iguanas, deer, foxes, jaguars and more.

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