SALES LEADS LATAM: Radisson Hotel Group, Nissan, Avianca…

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

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  • Nissan

Nissan has officially opened its all-new Latin America design studio, known as The Box, in Sao Paulo. The new studio is meant to be a creative lab for designing future mobility solutions. With the motto “Disruption through Fusion,” its mission is to merge and translate Latin American and Japanese cultures as it develops new Nissan projects targeting both Latin American and global markets.The studio uses an open format, including a lounge and a C-Zone (creative zone), where the entire team works collaboratively. Most of the office interior has been created by the studio’s designers, such as the stairs and the meeting room table. The interior design has also been carefully developed to inspire, with a Japanese Zen garden and an engawa – a strip of flooring that resembles a porch – to make a connection with nature.The new studio is part of the expansion strategy of Nissan Latin America, which celebrated five years last April, and will play a key role in the company’s global growth. It will work in collaboration with Nissan’s design studios located in Japan, London, Shanghai and San Diego.


  • Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotel Group announced the signings of two new-build Radisson hotels in Brazil in partnership with Atlantica Hotels. The hotels span the country from the Pinheiros District in São Paulo to the northeastern coast in the Flecheiras Village. Each hotel will feature the new Radisson design, which includes a comfortable natural look and feel that encourages a balanced environment. Radisson hotels provide opportunities to create experiences that center around social spaces, food and drink, guest rooms, meetings and wellness through the brands signature amenities.Radisson Hotel São Paulo Pinheiros will be located in the Pinheiros District and Radisson Hotel Flecheiras will be built near the beautiful beaches along Brazil’s northeastern coast. Atlantica Hotels is a licensee for Radisson Hotel Group’s brands in Brazil including: Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED® and Park Inn® by Radisson. The two companies have enjoyed a longstanding relationship in Brazil that now includes 14 hotels in operation.Radisson Hotel Group is celebrating 30 years in Latin America.


  • LATAM/Avianca

Changing market dynamics are driving several network adjustments at Latin America’s two largest airline groups – LATAM and Avianca Holdings. Those companies are navigating currency pressure and rising fuel costs, and as a result they are working to maximise the profitability of their respective networks.

LATAM Airlines Group  is opting to cut some long haul flights and service to Argentina, and instead will focus on regional international routes and growing service in Brazil’s domestic market as its competitor Avianca Brazil continues to shrink.The airline is cutting eight routes in 2019 and adding nine new pairings. All the new routes are within South America and the cuts are largely focused on Argentina, along with some long haul markets that have weaker demand. LATAM executives recently explained that the company was cutting its international supply to Argentina by 20%. Argentina is in the midst of economic turmoil and its currency has plummeted, which has affected international inbound travel to the country. Government data show that international passenger levels fell year-on-year from Jun-2018 to Dec-2018, falling as much as 7% both in Oct-2018 and Nov-2018. Domestic passenger levels grew steadily in 2018, but there is little doubt that Argentina’s airlines battled weak yields. Pablo Chiozza, SVP USA, Canada & Caribbean, LATAM Airlines Group is a member of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board. 

Avianca’s adjustments include essentially exiting Peru’s domestic market and cutting some service to the US from its Bogotá hub. At the same time, the company is opting to add capacity from Bogotá to some larger domestic routes in Colombia and Chile.Other routes that Avianca is cutting in 2019 include Lima-Mendoza, and Bogotá to Montreal, Boston and Chicago O’Hare. It is also eliminating service from Cartagena to Pereira and New York JFK.Of all the routes it is cutting in 2019, it only faces competition on two of the pairings – LATAM on flights from Lima to Mendoza, and Viva Air Peru and Aeropostal on services between Cartagena and Pereira.Overall, Avianca is suspending 16 routes but also stated that it was adding capacity on its routes from Bogotá, to Medellín, Cali and Santiago.Avianca is planning modest capacity expansion in 2019. Its current guidance shows a range of flat growth to a 2% increase.


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  • Hilton

Global hotel chain Hilton will celebrated its milestone 100th anniversary in the midst of the most dynamic year in the company’s storied history.  To mark the occasion, hundreds of hotels around the world, including throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, extended Hilton hospitality beyond their doors by taking “Random Acts of Hospitality” to their communities – everywhere from Buenos Aires to Mexico City and Aruba to Rio de Janeiro.As it looks ahead to its next century, Hilton also announced the creation of The Hilton Effect Foundation, which will help create a better world to travel by investing in both organizations and people having a positive impact on the communities Hilton serves. The Foundation is launching this week with 15 grants to organizations that will support communities around the world, including Latin America. These inaugural grants will support programs around the globe that are creating opportunities for youth, aiding in disaster recovery, and supporting water stewardship and sustainability.Hilton now offers 17 distinctive brands across 113 countries and territories, with more than 5,700 properties and continues to grow with a new hotel opening somewhere in the world every day. Hilton first entered the Caribbean and Latin America in 1949 with Caribe Hilton, marking the company’s first international hotel and birthplace of the piña colada. Today, the company has a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in 24 countries across the region, while having more than doubled its presence in the last five years.With one of the industry’s fastest-growing pipelines, Hilton plans to expand to nearly 20 additional countries by 2020. There are already more than 2,400 hotels in Hilton’s construction pipeline, and approximately one of every five hotel rooms under construction around the world is a Hilton. In the Caribbean and Latin America, the company has nearly 90 hotels under development across 14 different brands in more than 25 countries. Luis Perillo, VP, Sales & Marketing, Caribbean & Latin America, Hilton is a member of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board.