Uruguay Big Macs Help Build New Ronald McDonald House

“Turn a Big Mac into a Smile.” That was the slogan of McDi­a Feliz 2012, McDonald’s nationwide campaign Friday in Uruguay to help raise funds to build a new Ronald McDonald House. Uruguayans responded in force buying 94,769 Big Macs on November 16 and raising over US$430,000 for the effort. The new 3,300 square foot Ronald McDonald House will be …

Hilton Announces New Buenos Aires Hotel & Residences

Hilton Worldwide signed a management agreement this week for a new US$44-million Hilton Hotel & Residences to be built in the Buenos Aires Province town of Pilar. The new hotel will be located in the heart of the Pilar Golf Club, a 432-acre master-planned community and 27-hole golf club on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The new Hilton Pilar Hotel …

Hilton Worldwide Announces Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo

Hilton Worldwide is coming to Montevideo. The Virginia-based company made the announcement yesterday and plans to open the new 17-story, 168-room hotel in 2014. The US$30 million Montevideo property will introduce the popular Hilton Garden Inn brand to South America. Hilton’s announcement offers additional validation of Montevideo as an important hub for business and tourism in the Southern Cone. “As …

With Mendoza Double Shot, Starbucks Hits 60 in Argentina

Exactly six months after announcing plans to open the first Starbucks in Mendoza, the company is cutting the green ribbon on two new Mendoza locations this week: Mendoza Plaza Shopping and Palmares Open Mall. Yesterday’s Mendoza Plaza Shopping grand opening brought the number of Starbucks locations in Argentina to an even 60, while Friday’s Palmares debut will raise the total …

Hyatt Announces 5-Star Condo-Hotel on Montevideo’s Rambla

The fact that booming Montevideo has a serious shortage of luxury hotels is a common refrain we hear regarding the hospitality sector in Uruguay. A recent analysis in InfoNegocios found that year-round Montevideo only has 86 hotels, compared to highly seasonal Maldonado (153). Now one major international player is planning to help fill the void in Montevideo’s luxury hotel market. …