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January 01, 2014

Feliz año Nuevo – Happy New Year 2014

Feliz año Nuevo – Happy New Year

So will this be the year that you are planning to come and visit Ecuador? If so you may interested in the following topics.

Ecuador Government

Did you know that Ecuador’s government earlier this year announced that it will be spending $660 million over the next four years so that it can continue to promote tourism? It is said by Vinicio Alvarado the country’s tourism minister, that they are looking at improving tourism-related infrastructure. This development will go beyond just the Galapagos Islands which at present see many visitors and is described by Alvarado as the “jewel” in Ecuadorian tourism.

Besides the Galapagos there are many wonderful cities, big and small, to visit in Ecuador. It appears that Ecuadorian government is embracing tourism in a big way and there are far more jewels in Ecuador to be found. Whether everyone in Ecuador is happy about that is another story. Most importantly remember that as a tourist in this beautiful country you are the visitor so please be respectful to the local people and their culture. For some of you visiting it will most certainly be a “Culture Shock” and you will either love or dislike Ecuador.

TAME Airlines

Ecuador’s TAME airlines now have direct flights from JFK International Airport to Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport Guayaquil. The tourism minister Vinicio Alvarado joined the inaugural flight which took place on November 23rd and made mention that this new daily service will make a major difference to Ecuador’s tourism industry. As at the 27th December TAME are advertising roundtrip airfares from New York to Guayaquil for $655.

LAN Airlines

LAN has an even better fare at $581 New York to Guayaquil. Of course there may be conditions that apply so make sure you read the fine print.

Note: On sending this Newsletter prices have already changed. BUT check out this link to see how you can save if you purchase tickets in advance with several airlines.

For more information about international and domestic flight companies and their websites that to travel to and in Ecuador check out our Airline Directory.

Mobile Apps

If you are interested in GPS maps/apps or walking guides for Ecuador the CLICK HERE

References:

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/ecuador-government-earmarks-600-million-for-tourism-promotion.html

https://www.tame.com.ec/

http://www.lan.com/en_us/sitio_personas/offers/usa/calendars/20120803_newyork_guayaquil.html?otid=894743&s_cid=onsite2013_US_20131220_home_caluga_newyork-guayaquil


Spanish Immersion Homestay with Lorell Stewart

For a wonderful experience in Cuenca, Ecuador at an exceptionally affordable price, we are happy to recommend Lorell Stewart and her Spanish Immersion Homestay program.

Read more about the Spanish Immersion Homestay for prices and bookings and also to contact Lorell for further details.

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