What's New in Argentina

From a new nonstop flight from Newark, New Jersey to a unique tour following the footsteps of the famed Evita Peron, Argentina is on a roll with adding new selling points to the already popular destination.

Last week, A Woman's View (www.womansviewtravel.com), a division of IsramWorld, reported a new series of 'Women in History' tour itineraries beginning with a seven night tour following the career of Peron.

Evita's legacy continues to rivet the public, A Women's View notes; 60 years after her death, Broadway is commemorating her life in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical.

A Woman's View will be raffling off two tickets to the show and all tour participants will automatically be entered into the drawing.

Highlights of the tour will include visits to the Eva Peron Museum, the Recoleta Cemetery, the Evita Monument and the Presidential Palace.

The "Evita" tour with A Woman's View will include seven nights' accommodations in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires; 12 meals including welcome and farewell dinners; a trip to Mendoza for a wine tasting and tour; a shopping trip to Recoleta and Palermo; tango lessons; Argentine cuisine class with chef Francis Mallman and more. Pricing starts at $3,920 and includes flights in Argentina.

Also last week, United Airlines officially launched daily nonstop service between its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport.

This is United's first service from Newark Liberty to Buenos Aires. The airline also offers daily nonstop flights between Houston and Buenos Aires. The new flight, UA847, will depart Newark at 9:50 p.m., arriving in Buenos Aires at 9:35 a.m. the next day. The return flight, UA846, will depart Buenos Aires daily at 8:10 p.m., arriving in Newark at 6:13 a.m. the next day.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a total of 183 seats – six in United Global First, 26 in United Business First and 151 in United Economy, including 71 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space. The new service replaces United’s nonstop service between Washington and Buenos Aires.

Meanwhile, Emirates (www.emirates.com/us) launched flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 3. The flight will help to promote growing interest among Asian capital investors in Argentine industries such as mining, oil and gas production and textiles.

Emirates’ Buenos Aires flight will be a linked service with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities.

Flight EK 247 will leave Dubai daily at 7:05 p.m. and arrive at Rio de Janeiro's Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 3:37 a.m. It will depart Rio de Janeiro at 5:23 a.m., arriving at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) at 7:30 a.m. From Buenos Aires, EK 248 departs at 9:30 a.m., arriving in Rio de Janeiro at 1:20 p.m. the next day. The aircraft will depart Rio at 3:10 p.m., arriving in Dubai at 10:53 a.m.

As far as the latest developments go, Hilton Worldwide announced in November the signing of a management agreement with HH Developments to operate a Hilton Garden Inn (www.hiltongardeninn.com) hotel in Santa Fe – the capital city of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

The new-build Hilton Garden Inn Santa Fe, expected to open at the end of 2013, represents the brand’s second development project in Argentina, following the recent announcement of the Hilton Garden Inn Zarate project – a management agreement with the same ownership group.

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