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Latest News from Akorn Argentina
Coming Soon - Explora will be Opening a Hotel in Argentina
We are thrilled to announce that in 2020 our regional hotel partner, Explora, will be opening the doors to a new property in the "Los Huemules National Reserve", just 17 km from El Chalten, in the Argentine Patagonia.
The Natural Reserve, is known for its wide array of outdoor experiences, as it has attracted explorers for over a century now!. The construction of the new 50-room hotel has already begun and like all Explora properties, it has been conceived as a place from where travellers can go out, explore and engage with an amazing and remote destination.
Stay tuned for more news!
Salta & Iguazu Airports’ Planned Maintenance
Please note that due to works on the airstrip of the Salta Airport (SLA), it will be closed from April 15 to May 6, 2018. Within the above dates all SLA frequencies will be operated to/from Jujuy (JUJ).
Additionally, please note that the Iguazu Airport (IGR) will also be closed, for airstrip maintenance, from April 15 to May 15, 2018. Within these dates IGR frequencies will be operated to/from Foz do Iguaçu (IGU).
Passengers flying to/from Foz do Iguaçu may need a Brazilian visa, depending on their citizenship. Please, make sure guests have all the necessary documentation, or check with us for more information.
*American, Canadian and Australian citizens need a visa for Brazil. However, paper work is now easier and faster with the e-visa app.
Increasing Flight Connectivity
We would like to share with you that low-cost carrier Flybondi will start operating in Argentina with Boeing 737-800 aircrafts, flying new domestic frequencies, at more convenient rates.
How is it more convenient?
*They will operate from BsAs.
*They offer 2 weekly Mendoza - Bariloche flights.
*Up to half of the current rates!
*Operations will be from “El Palomar” airport, 1 hr. from downtown BsAs
*Remember that low-cost carriers may not include some of the traditional services.
They may charge for extras such as food, priority boarding, seat allocating, and baggage.
Reciprocity-Fee Exemption for Australian Citizens
Boarding passes are all Australian citizens need now to visit Argentina!
As of July 2017, Australian citizens will no longer have to pay the reciprocity fee upon arrival in Argentina.
This, plus the fact that foreigners do not pay for the VAT 21% tax on hotels, makes this the perfect time to come and explore even more treasures that peacefully lie between the Atlantic ocean and the Andes Mountain Range!!!
EcoFee in Puerto Iguazu
Please note that as of the 1st of July, 2017 there is a new EcoFee in Puerto Iguazú, for guests of up to 12 years old, which may only be paid at the hotels (not pre-paid).
The fee, goes from USD 2 to USD 4 per guest, per night (every guest will only need to pay for a maximum of 2 nights).
Enhanced Flight Connectivity in Patagonia!
Please note that starting September 2017 there will be important changes regarding flight connectivity, in the Argentine Patagonia. This will make it easier for guests to explore these pristine lands, and unravel the secrets that lie within its mountain ranges and mirroring lakes!
Trelew-Ushuaia Flight- This route will start operating as of the 1st of September 2017, on the following frequencies:
Flight AR1880 EZE-REL-USHU - Operates every day (Buenos Aires-Trelew-Ushuaia).
Flight AR1897 USHU-REL-EZE - Operates every day (Ushuaia-Trelew-Buenos Aires).
El Calafate connection - This route will start operating as of the 15th of September, through the 17th of December, 2017, on the following frequencies:
Flight AU2824 AEP-REL-FTE - Operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (Buenos Aires-Trelew-El Calafate).
Flight AU2825 FTE-REL-AEP - Operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (El Calafate-Trelew-Buenos Aires).
Five-Star Hotels now Charge an EcoFee in Bariloche
Please note that as of the 20th of February 2017 five-star hotels in Bariloche will start charging an EcoFee to every guest over 14 years old, staying for a maximum of three nights.
The fee is USD 4 (approx.) per night, per guest and it is effective all year round. The only reduction will be between April 1st and June 30th, when the fee goes down to USD 2 (approx.).
Tax-Free Benefit in Accommodation (21% less)
As of January 2nd, 2017, accommodation services in Argentina, for tourists residing abroad are VAT (Value-Added Tax) free (only applies to accommodation and breakfast, if included in room rate). This regulation allows foreign visitors who accredit a residence abroad to benefit of the rebate of 21% of the VAT.
In order for you to be able to benefit of this measure and for us to prove your residence, we will ask to complete a quick form at the time of requesting the reservation, and include a copy of the guests’ passports.
* The refund does not apply in case of cancellation penalties or non-show (non-use of the accommodation service).
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