TLA TIMES | Dec. 29, 2017
A Snapshot of LatinAmerican News
Figures from Dec. 29 Source: www.xe.com
FUN IN THE SUN
After 8 years of talks, Brazil ends negotiation for Open Skies treaty.
Brazil says it plans to pull out of talks for an Open Skies agreement with the EU, Reuters reports via Business Insider. The major hurdle to the deal is what is called the fifth fifth freedom, allowing Brazilian carriers to pick up passengers in EU nations who are traveling outside of Europe. The fifth freedom is of little consequence now. No Brazilian airline flies to Asia, but there is hope for expansion in the near future. Details
Brazil puts the brakes on fish exports to European Union.
Starting Jan. 3, Brazil will put a temporary stop to sending fish to the European Union, Business Standard reports. The ban stems from an audit in September in which six of 10 firms failed to meet European Union standards. The Brazilian government has taken steps to address the problems and try to persuade the EU to create different standards for farm-raised a wild fish. Details
Uber adds UberEATS to its offerings in Costa Rica.
With fights over regulations all over the world, it would seem that ride-sharing giant Uber has enough on its plate. But Uber recently added Costa Rica to its list of 30 countries where company affiliated drivers will pick up food from restaurants, The Costa Rica Star reports. Uber has more than 250 eateries it services in Costa Rica. The company faces two established delivery services in Costa Rica, GoPato and EatsOn. Details
Mexico’s meetings and events business sees strong growth.
2017, or at least the first 10 months of it, were good for Mexican businesses that cater to meetings and events. The Mexican Tourism Board says that the first 10 months of 2017 saw a 6.7 percent increase over business the same period the year before, Travel Agent Central reports. "We are continuing to invest in building Mexico's profile for business events and are working closely with industry leaders around the world to bring more corporate and association events to Mexico while introducing them to destinations beyond our traditional sun and beach offerings,” Mexico Tourism Board CEO Hector Flores says. Details