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Experience Latin America The latest edition of ELA, the UK’s only travel trade show dedicated to this region, was the most successful yet. Laura Gelder rounds up the news

Green Guyana gets the go-ahead from LATA The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) won Sustainable Destination of the Year at the 2019 LATA Achievement Awards, announced at ELA. According to LATA, the GTA was awarded ‘for its comprehensive approach to sustainable tourism and for launching a community-led framework and toolkit aimed at helping indigenous communities to access the benefits of tourism.’ Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, said: “Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years, not only to develop an eco-friendly tourism product but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practice into all aspects of its tourism strategy. “Guyana is committed to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism and it is a tremendous honour for us to receive this award in recognition of that.” guyanatourism.com

Cruise shows growth

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SHOW SHORTS DMC Argentina Travel Partners has a new oneday tour of the jungle around Iguazu Falls, accompanied by a botanist. atpdmc.com

There was plenty of cruiserelated news at ELA 2019. Anakonda Amazon Cruises (anakondaamazoncruises.com) is now the umbrella brand for two luxury cruise ships – the 36-passenger Anakonda and 28-capacity Manatee, the latter the more adventurous option in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It works with indigenous communities, offering cultural tours, wildlife watching, canoeing and onboard lectures and activities. Antarctica 21’s (antarctica21. com) new polar vessel, Magellan

Explorer, launches November 28, with private balconies and a gym. It’s the third in its fly/cruise fleet. There’s a new fly/cruise programme from One Ocean (oneoceanexpeditions.com), with flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island and Santiago to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Aqua Expeditions’ (aquaexpeditions.com) new 20-suite Aqua Nera (pictured) begins cruising the Peruvian Amazon in August 2020, but is on sale now, with a choice of six itineraries.

DMC opens new experience in Ecuador’s Yasuni Adventure Journeys has a new experience in the Amazon Basin. The Amazon Explorer Campsite is reached by kayak and linked with the local Kichwa tribal community. It’s strongly focused on conservation, offering activities like tree-planting as well as wildlife watching and kayaking.adventurejourneys.com

Boutique hotel Achamaqui in Northern Peru touts the archeological site Chachapoyas as a less crowded alternative to Macchu Picchu. The 31-room hotel works with communites near the preincan site, where the main attractions are the Kuelap fortress and Karajia tombs. achamaqui.pe Specialist DMC Bolivia Milenaria offers a new glamping experience. The bespoke accommodation takes guests to areas less touched by tourism in tents, offering safari-style comfort with double beds. Locations include the salt flats, Lake Titicaca and Madidi National Park. boliviamilenaria.com Amazonas Explorer refuses to sell the popular Rainbow Mountain site in Peru. The DMC claims that it’s being damaged due to over tourism. amazonas-explorer.com Experience Latin America will be named the LATA Expo in 2020 and located at Chelsea Football Club again. lata.travel

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