Rail Tunnel Beneath the Andes Could Be South America’s Panama Canal

Patrick Archer competitiveness, foreign investment, visionaries

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the first passenger trip below the English Channel via the undersea rail tunnel connecting the U.K. and France. The first Eurostar train carried passengers along the 31-mile Chunnel on November 14, 1994. Seventeen years later to the day, Argentine and Chilean authorities will meet to discuss what could be an engineering feat of a …

Vinhos de Luxo: More Brazilian Winemakers Opening Vineyards in Mendoza

Patrick Archer aruba, competitiveness, foreign investment, real estate, wine & vineyards

As we learned last month, Brazil’s importance to Argentine wineries is evident in the export numbers and the rising number of Brazilian tourists discovering the wines and natural beauty of Mendoza. Now we find out Mendoza is beginning to lure more Brazilian bodegas to Argentina’s most prolific wine region. Jornal do Comercio’s Danilo Ucha says many of Brazil’s largest winemakers have …

LAX-EZE: The Time is Now for Direct Flights From Los Angeles to Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer foreign investment, lifestyle, tourism

With each passing year, business, cultural and culinary ties between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles keep getting stronger, and 2011 has been loaded with more signs of mutual admiration and collaboration. Legislative approval of the B.A. Audiovisual District is attracting more L.A.-based film crews, California gaming companies are acquiring Buenos Aires design studios, Southern Californians raised a full-bodied toast on …

Investment Fund May Restore Harrods Buenos Aires to Former Retail Glory

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, foreign investment, lifestyle, real estate

Omnia Omnibus Ubique…etiam Buenos Aires?  One of the world’s most famous luxury department stores may soon reopen its landmark Buenos Aires location if a UK investment group purchases and restores the seven-story Harrods building at Florida Street and Cordoba Avenue, according to Alfredo Sainz at La Nacion. While London-based Harrods is best known for luxury retail, real estate, private banking …

Around the World in 80 Hours: International Tourism Fair Latin America

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, foreign investment, lifestyle, tourism, uruguay

Luxury travel and tourism is booming here in Argentina, Uruguay and other corners of Latin America, and this week’s 2011 International Tourism Fair showcased some of the region’s most beautiful destinations. Over 1,700 exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors were on hand for the four-day turismopalooza held at La Rural in Buenos Aires. As always, Argentina’s travel wares were …