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Experience Latin America – A New Travel Show for London

27 Jan

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The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) has launched a new b2b travel show that will take place in London between 16 and 18 June 2014.

Experience Latin America by LATA will bring together key suppliers from Latin America with buyers from the UK and Europe. By invitation only, and organised by Latin America’s largest travel trade association, this vibrant three day show will bring together carefully-selected companies wishing to increase business to Latin America.

Pre-scheduled meetings, inspiring seminars and lots of networking opportunities should ensure a cross-section of Latin American suppliers and overseas buyers and media get ample opportunity to meet, learn about new products and strengthen existing relationships.

Taking place in the  stunning waterside venue of 40 Bank Street during the World Cup, Experience Latin America by LATA promises to be the only place to be in London in June for people passionate about tourism to Latin America.

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Chris Pickard re-elected chairman of LATA

6 Jun

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The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) has held the first meeting of its new executive committee for 2013/14. During the meeting Critical Divide’s Chris Pickard was re-elected chairman. The other officers for 2013/14 are Sue Faithfull – Vice Chairman, Byron Shirto – Honorary Secretary, Lesley Roberts – Treasurer, Ed Paine – LATA Counsellor.

The full LATA committee for 2013/14 is:

Amanda Sweeney (Rainbow Tours)
Byron Shirto (Talking Stick Marketing)
Chris Pickard (Critical Divide)
Claudia Morales (Branding Latin America)
Colin Stewart (Air Europa)
Edward Paine (Last Frontiers)
Lesley Roberts (United Airlines)
Liza Masias (Inkaterra)
Lupita Ayala (Mexico Tourism Board)
Lyn Hughes (Wanderlust)
Priti Mehta (Silversea Cruises)
Ray Blok (British Airways / Iberia)
Sara Nozal (Aviacircle)
Simon Heyes (Senderos)
Sue Faithfull (Brazilian Chamber of Commerce)
Wendy McNeill (Americas)

LATA Executive Committee for 2013-2014.

25 May

The new LATA Executive Committee for 2013-2014 is:

Amanda Sweeney (Rainbow Tours) / Byron Shirto (Talking Stick Marketing) / Chris Pickard (Critical Divide) / Claudia Morales (Branding Latin America) / Colin Stewart (Air Europa) / Edward Paine (Last Frontiers) / Lesley Roberts (United Airlines) / Liza Masias (Inkaterra) / Lupita Ayala (Mexico Tourism Board ) / Lyn Hughes (Wanderlust) / Priti Mehta (Silversea Cruises) Ray Blok (British Airways / Iberia) / Sara Nozal (Aviacircle) / Simon Heyes (Senderos) / Sue Faithfull (Brazilian Chamber of Commerce) / Wendy McNeill (Americas).

The current chairman is Chris Pickard of Critical Divide. The officers will be elected at the first committee meeting of the new year on 5 June.

LATA Comes of Age in the House of Lords

31 Jan

The evening of Wednesday, 30 January marked a milestone as the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) celebrated its 21st anniversary at its annual reception with the All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin American Group in the Palace of Westminster. Key speakers included Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, whose responsibilities cover Latin America.

Rt Hon Hugo Swire

Rt Hon Hugo Swire

Founded in 1992, the travel trade organisation brings together over 250 companies including tourism boards, airlines, hotels and tour operators and was founded to promote travel to the many diverse destinations of Latin America.

During the evening the British television personality Michael Palin was honoured with the LATA Media Award for 2013 for his contribution to Latin America and tourism in general.  The popular comedian, actor, writer and presenter was also recognised by LATA for his BBC television series Brazil and its contribution to promoting an understanding of Latin America in the UK and around the world.

Michael Palin and the Baroness Hooper

Michael Palin and the Baroness Hooper

“Michael Palin has been called ‘Britain’s Nicest Man’, and he is widely regarded as a national treasure. Destinations that have been featured in his documentaries have been lucky enough to benefit from the ‘Palin-effect’, inspiring viewers to travel and learn more about the world and its people. We salute him and his team for their contribution to travel and tourism,” said Christopher Pickard, Chairman of LATA and Critical Divide.

“Brazil and all of Latin America will continue to be in the media spotlight over the next few years, with the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and Olympics and Paralympics in 2016, and Palin’s Brazil series provides real insight in to the people and cultures of this rapidly developing region. Michael Palin is a very worthy recipient of LATA’s 2013 Media Award.”

Previous winners of the LATA Media Award include Jonathan Dimbleby for the BBC series A South American Journey, the travel team at the Telegraph Media Group, and Wanderlust travel magazine.

The Baroness Hooper

The Baroness Hooper

The Baroness Hooper, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin American Group, and Lucy Clark from the LATA Foundation and Orient-Express, echoed the importance of the evening’s objective: to promote and develop closer ties and communications through travel and tourism between LATA, the All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin American Group and the United Kingdom embassies of all the Latin American countries. Ambassadors and senior diplomats attended the reception from 21 of the Latin American embassies in London.

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Ursula Vallance

The evening also saw Ursula Vallance and Diana Marshall of South American Service Partner Organisation (SASPO) inducted into the LATA Hall of Fame. Both women were involved in the birth of LATA back in 1992. They were inducted by Ed Paine (Last Frontiers), one of the first members of the LATA Hall of Fame, and the longest serving LATA chairman.

More photos from the evening (photos by Adrian Pope):

Happy Brithday LATA

Happy Brithday LATA

Chris Pickard, Rt Hon Hugo Swire, the Baroness Hooper

Chris Pickard, Rt Hon Hugo Swire, the Baroness Hooper

Rt Hon Hugo Swire, the Baroness Hooper, Michael Palin

Rt Hon Hugo Swire, the Baroness Hooper, Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Chris Pickard

Chris Pickard

Ed Paine

Ed Paine

Michael Palin, the Baroness Hooper, Ed Paine, Ursula Vallance

Michael Palin, the Baroness Hooper, Ed Paine, Ursula Vallance

Michael Palin, the Baroness Hooper

Michael Palin, the Baroness Hooper

Lucy Clark, LATA Foundation

Lucy Clark, LATA Foundation

H.E. Miguel Angel Solano López Casco, the Paraguayan Ambassador, with harpist Sheila Colby.

H.E. Miguel Angel Solano López Casco, the Paraguayan Ambassador, with harpist Sheila Colby.

Rt Hon Hugo Swire

Rt Hon Hugo Swire

Michael Palin, Kate Smith (FCO, Americas)

Michael Palin, Kate Smith (FCO, Americas)

Dr Jago Cooper (British Museum, BBC "Lost Kingdoms of South America)

Dr Jago Cooper (British Museum, BBC “Lost Kingdoms of South America)

Katie Derham (BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3), Chris Pickard (LATA Chairman)

Katie Derham (BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3), Chris Pickard (LATA Chairman)

Lucy Clark (LATA Foundation - Head of Projects), Michael Palin, and Megan Parkinson (LATA Foundation Head of Events).

Lucy Clark (LATA Foundation – Head of Projects), Michael Palin, and Megan Parkinson (LATA Foundation Head of Events).

Director Dominic Best (BBC), John Vincent (Leon)

Director Dominic Best (BBC), John Vincent (Leon)

Robin Walker MP, H.E. the Paraguayan Ambassador

Robin Walker MP, H.E. the Paraguayan Ambassador

Myra Leung and Marjorie Davis from St John Smiths Square and Leafi

Myra Leung and Marjorie Davis from St John Smiths Square and Leafi

Brighter outlook

Brighter outlook

Manuel Diaz Cebrian (LATA), Fiona Jeffery (WTM), Lupita Ayala (Mexico Tourist Board)

Manuel Diaz Cebrian (LATA), Fiona Jeffery (WTM), Lupita Ayala (Mexico Tourist Board)

Branding Latin America

Branding Latin America

Michael Palin & David Horwell (Select Latin America)

Michael Palin & David Horwell (Select Latin America)

H.E. Julio Munoz-Deacon, (Ambassador of Peru), Sam North (Destinations)

H.E. Julio Munoz-Deacon, (Ambassador of Peru), Sam North (Destinations)

Charitable Contributions

Charitable Contributions

Viscount Montgomery & Rt Hon Hugo Swire

Viscount Montgomery & Rt Hon Hugo Swire

Sue Faithfull, Vice-Chair LATA

Sue Faithfull, Vice-Chair LATA

Gordon Burnett (Interchange), Jane Chilsom (Ultimate travel Company), Dr Jago Cooper (British Museum , Lost Kingdoms of South America).

Gordon Burnett (Interchange), Jane Chilsom (Ultimate travel Company), Dr Jago Cooper (British Museum , Lost Kingdoms of South America).

William Ruano (Avianca TACA), Susan Butler

William Ruano (Avianca TACA), Susan Butler

Filip Boyen (Orient Express), Penelope Kellie (Worldwide Yacht Charter), Nicola Price (Orient Express)

Filip Boyen (Orient Express), Penelope Kellie (Worldwide Yacht Charter), Nicola Price (Orient Express)

David Burnside (New Century), Kate Gay (IAG), Silio Boccanera (Globo)

David Burnside (New Century), Kate Gay (IAG), Silio Boccanera (Globo)

Michael Palin with Dr John and Lynne Hughes (Canning House)

Michael Palin with Dr John and Lynne Hughes (Canning House)

Bruno Moreno (LAN), Maria Luisa Tugores (TAM), Guillermo Orrillo (LATAM)

Bruno Moreno (LAN), Maria Luisa Tugores (TAM), Guillermo Orrillo (LATAM)

The Baroness Hooper, Rodrigo Espinosa (Charge d'affair, Embassy of Chile)

The Baroness Hooper, Rodrigo Espinosa (Charge d’affair, Embassy of Chile)

Silio Boccanera (Globo), Ed Paine (Last Frontiers), Lord Colwyn, Paul Cripps (Amazonas Explorers

Silio Boccanera (Globo), Ed Paine (Last Frontiers), Lord Colwyn, Paul Cripps (Amazonas Explorers

Peter Eshelby (Page & Moy), Stuart Whittington (LATA Foundation, Wendy Wu)

Peter Eshelby (Page & Moy), Stuart Whittington (LATA Foundation, Wendy Wu)

Sophia Ostler and Rick Nimmo of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Sophia Ostler and Rick Nimmo of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Calire Antell (LATA), Liza Masias (Inkaterra), Angelo Davino (Kuoni)

Calire Antell (LATA), Liza Masias (Inkaterra), Angelo Davino (Kuoni)

Rodrigo Espinosa (Embassy of Chile), María C. Garcia Merino (Embassy of Ecuador), Ignacio Llanos (Embassy of Chile)

Rodrigo Espinosa (Embassy of Chile), María C. Garcia Merino (Embassy of Ecuador), Ignacio Llanos (Embassy of Chile)

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Rafael Sáenz (Embassy of Costa Rica), Simon Quarendon (Falkland Islands Tourist Board)

Richard Brass (LATA Treasurer), Zuzanna Gierlinska (Microsoft), Jill Forgham (Vice Chair LATA Foundation)

Richard Brass (LATA Treasurer), Zuzanna Gierlinska (Microsoft), Jill Forgham (Vice Chair LATA Foundation)

Sir Peter and Anne Heap

Sir Peter and Anne Heap

Lucy Harwood (Las Iguanas), Larry Dillon (Acumen Marketing)

Lucy Harwood (Las Iguanas), Larry Dillon (Acumen Marketing)

Marcio Silva (Steamond), Graziella Delicato (AeroMexico)

Marcio Silva (Steamond), Graziella Delicato (AeroMexico)

Viscount Montgomery, Michael Palin

Viscount Montgomery, Michael Palin

Wendy McNeill (Americas), Gareth Lyons (Senderos)

Wendy McNeill (Americas), Gareth Lyons (Senderos)

Paola Melendres (Embassy of Bolivia), Miguel Angel Vilchis (Embassy of Mexico)

Paola Melendres (Embassy of Bolivia), Miguel Angel Vilchis (Embassy of Mexico)

Michael Kerr (Telegraph), Claire Antell (LATA)

Michael Kerr (Telegraph), Claire Antell (LATA)

Charity birds take flight from the terrace. Next stop Latin America

Charity birds take flight from the terrace. Next stop Latin America

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Final Cut - Happy Birthday LATA!

Final Cut – Happy Birthday LATA!

 

Michael Palin wins the LATA Media Award for 2013

29 Jan

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Michael Palin is the recipient of the Latin American Travel Association’s media award for 2013.

The award was presented to Palin at a reception held on the House of Lords Terrace on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 and hosted by Baroness Hooper, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary British-Latin American Group, and Christopher Pickard of Critical Divide, chairman of Latin American Travel Association.

The award was presented to Palin in recognition of his “impact in inspiring people to travel and learn more about the world and its people. And for his BBC television series and book “Brazil”, in helping to promote the understanding of Latin America.”

Previous winners (all presented at the annual reception in the Palace of Westminster) include:

The evening also marked the 21st anniversary of LATA as an association.

Latin American stands at the World Travel Market 2012

1 Dec

 

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TAM Airlines named “Best Airline in South America”

12 Jul

For the second consecutive year, TAM Airlines has been named the winner of two major categories at the Skytrax “World Airline Awards”. TAM was named “Best Airline in South America” and “Best Airline Staff in South America”. The 2012 awards were announced on 12 July by Skytrax during the Farnborough International Airshow.

Manoela Amaro, TAM’s marketing director, acknowledged the recognition of its passengers and stressed the importance of the award to the airline: “Repeating the feat for a second year in a survey as important as that undertaken by Skytrax, involving more than 18 million passengers from over one hundred and fifty countries, and involving more than 200 airlines, is proof that TAM is on the right track, and continues to work to offer an unforgettable travel experience to its customers.”