The Summer of Strange & Super Luxury In Punta del Este

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, aruba, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, tourism, uruguay

“Not bad. Not good. Strange.” That’s how Punta del Este hotel and property owners describe Summer 2013 to Ambito’s Leandro Ferreyra. The strange part is the fact that middle class reservations are down 30% due to Argentine currency controls; however, the most luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels and the most exclusive Punta del Este rental properties are all booked solid. …

Double-Digit Growth & Record Revenue For Mendoza Tourism

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, aruba, competitiveness, foreign investment, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

“Come for the Mendoza wine and vineyards, but stay for the horseback riding, fine dining, whitewater rafting, olive tourism, hiking, futbol tournaments, beauty pageants, downhill skiing, rugby matches, new shopping centers and casinos.” OK, maybe it’s a tad verbose, but it’s hard to summarize all of the factors making Mendoza the tourism juggernaut it is today. All of the above …

Retail Outlet Boom & Barrio Branding Bust In Villa Crespo

Patrick Archer aruba, buenos aires events, foreign investment, lifestyle, real estate, tourism

The retail outlet boom which started five years ago in Villa Crespo continues to gain support from retailers and bargain hunters, but a neighborhood rebranding initiative should probably be tossed in the damaged goods pile. A new report from Colliers International shows the number of retail outlets in Villa Crespo has grown to 172. Of those, 153 are currently occupied …

2013 Brings New Ownership, Trains & WiFi For BA Subte

Patrick Archer ba government, buenos aires events, lifestyle, technology

After a tumultuous 2012 marked by a record number of strikes including the marathon 10-day work stoppage last August, the City of Buenos Aires officially assumed control of the Subte on New Year’s Day 2013, and the City wasted little time in announcing long overdue equipment upgrades. This is good news considering the positive correlation between BA property values and …

Rocha’s New Deep Water Port Will Receive Cruise Ships Too

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, tourism, uruguay

The coastal Uruguayan Department of Rocha will receive an important boost to year-round tourism thanks to a project that was originally envisioned more for exporting commodities rather than welcoming foreigners. The future deep water port in Rocha will be the largest infrastructure project in Uruguay’s history and a critical addition to the country’s port infrastructure expediting the flow of Southern Cone …