Cruise control

Fourteenth Seatrade Latin America held in Chile

The continent’s most important cruise convention came to Valparaíso last month, attracting 430 attendees from 15 countries.

Friday, June 14, 2013  
Cruising Patagonia. Photo by Lou Di Girgio/Flickr. Cruising Patagonia. Photo by Lou Di Girgio/Flickr.

 
Latin America’s biggest cruise convention came to Chile in May, attracting industry specialists, cruise company executives, and tour operators from around the continent.

Rapid growth in Chile’s economy and tourism industry played a part in Valparaíso’s selection for the convention, and Chile’s Economy Minister Félix de Vicente was in attendance to mark the occasion.

"Cruising is important for the economic development of our country," de Vicente told the convention.

A wide range of issues were on the itinerary, including cabotage, operating costs, infrastructure, excursions, service and quality, and the emerging expedition cruise sector.

"After the first two Seatrade Latin America events focused on Brazil and Argentina, it's really exciting to have the opportunity to look at the prospects for Pacific Coast cruise tourism and Chile's role in that," Seatrade’s Chairman Chris Hayman said at the conference.

"We had tremendous support from the government of Chile and other interests. It's obvious that Chile really wants to engage in cruise tourism and has made the commitment to prepare for its growth,” Hayman added.

While Valparaíso is Chile’s busiest port town, the southern port of Puerto Montt receives cruises from all over the world at its international terminal, with infrastructure allowing for the entrance of up to three cruise ships at a time. The port also has a ferry terminal with links to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Chacabuco and Chiloé.

The latest addition to Chile’s cruise calendar comes from Seabourn. The luxury cruise company recently announced plans for a new expedition on Chilean waters that promises to both pamper and educate its guests. The Seabourn Quest Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition will take voyagers to some of the most stunning coastal regions in southern Chile and beyond, while a team of eleven lecturers and three photography coaches will impart knowledge from across an impressive breadth of fields. Read more from This is Chile about this expedition here.

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