South America

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Brazilian courts to apply Montreal Convention, finally?

According to an article published on "Lexology", on May 25, 2017  the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal has passed a judgement which acknowledges the application of the Montreal Convention in international air transport cases. Although Brazil is party to the Warsaw and the Montreal Convention which both provide for their exclusivity, Brazilian courts have been rather reluctant in applying these conventions and tended to give precedence to national law, in particular the Brazilian Consumer Defence Code.

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Argentina: new law requires airlines to provide gluten-free meals

According to a new Argentinian law (27,196), airlines are amongst institutions which must offer at least one gluten-free food choice. The law declares early detection, diagnosis and treatment of coeliac disease and access to gluten-free food a matter of national interest.

Source: Article by Elizabeth Mireya Freidenberg, published on

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Tourist’s rights and duties in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The municipality of Belo Horizonte, city located in the State of Minas Gerais, BRAZIL, issued on June 17th a pocket guide for tourists written in three languages, Portuguese, Spanish and English which is being distributed in airports as well as in consumer agencies of Belo Horizonte.

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Galapagos: new regulations to effect cruise itineries

New rules from Ecuador's Galapagos National Park limiting the number of visitors to ecologically sensitive sites will ease stress on the native animals, and alter cruise ship schedules. The regulations, which take effect Feb. 1, directly involve the 50 cruise companies that operate in the marine park. The new system forbids ships from visiting most island sites more than once in a 14-day period.

Source: USA today; find article here>>.

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Local authorization for Cruize stop off in island is denied by the Municipality on Carnival days.

The municipality of Ilhabela, on the northern coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, did not allow the passengers of the Cruise "MSC Sinfonia", visit the island in the days of Carnival. The reason that moved the administrative act of the Tourism Department, is overcrowding. According to the Secretary Djane Vitoriano "Ilhabela receives other three Cruises together that represent 11,315 passengers and 2,411 crew members - the island has  infrastructure to receive up to three Cruises a day."

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Hotel must pay R$ 280,000,00 to man who lost his wife in crash (Brazil)

A man who lost his wife in fatal accident at the hotel where they spent their honeymoon will receive R$ 280,000,00 in damages for material and moral damages. The value was increased by the Fourth Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ). 

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Brazil: Gol Airlines must compensate the victim's sister to crash for R$ 120,000

In a unanimous decision, the Fourth Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) has confirmed the payment of compensation for moral damages, the sister of one of the victims of air crash involving an airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA and Legacy. The ministers of the Class, following the understanding of the rapporteur, Luis Felipe Minister Solomon kept the conviction Gol payment, reducing the stated value of R$ 190,000 to R$ 120,000.

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USA/Brazil: open skies agreement

Representatives of the United States and Brazil have agreed to implement an Open-Skies aviation regime, which will significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines of both countries over a transition period by removing restrictions on pricing and on the routes between each country that can be served by U.S. and Brazilian scheduled and charter airlines.  The agreement also provides immediately for full codeshare rights and additional charter flexibility.

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UNWTO in Minas Gerais - Brazil 2010 fieldwork project

UNWTO logo    This is the first time that a the UNWTO Volunteers initiative is integrated by a team of technicians and local volunteers.

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Argentina: New Ministry of Tourism

Argentinean President, H.E. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, announced the move to separate the Ministry of Tourism from the existing Ministry of Industry and Tourism and named Carlos Enrique Meyer, previously Secretary of State for Tourism, as Minister of Tourism.