SALES LEADS LATAM: Southwest Airlines, Expedia, Hilton …

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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  • Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is dropping its service to Mexico City from its hub at Houston Hobby Airport. Houston is the only city currently offering nonstop service to Mexico City in Southwest’s Latin America route network. Southwest made the announcement in its most recent earnings call, when CEO Gary Kelly reported that the route would end March 31. During the call Kelly said that the airline was focusing on leisure destinations, while Mexico City had been more of a business travel market.Southwest serves Mexico City from Houston Hobby four times daily. All told, the airline serves Mexico from a total of 21 peak and seasonal cities in the United States, with its most recent addition being new service between Chicago Midway and San Jose del Cabo.


  • Expedia

Travel website Expedia have quietly stopped selling airline tickets for Venezuela amid recent political turmoil. Washington-based Expedia Group said the company was acting on behalf of travelers’ wellbeing and in accordance with recent travel advice by foreign governments about crime and civil unrest.American Airlines, with two flights daily from Caracas to Miami, is the only remaining U.S. carrier providing service to the country after Delta and United Airlines pulled out in 2017 amid a political crisis that has forced millions to flee the country.




  • Hilton

Hilton and Atlantica Hotels announced the signing of a management license agreement whereby Atlantica plans to develop and manage DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Brazil. As part of this agreement, the companies also announced the first planned DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This agreement will introduce DoubleTree by Hilton in Brazil, underscoring Hilton’s continued commitment in the Caribbean and Latin America to introduce the company’s industry-leading brands across the region.DoubleTree by Hilton joins Atlantica’s portfolio of 19 brands represented by 120 hotels in Brazil, including Hilton Garden Inn. Hilton and Atlantica have opened four Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Brazil, including the recently-debuted, 153-room Hilton Garden Inn Itajaí, located near Brava Beach, Hilton Garden Inn Goiania, Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte and Hilton Garden Inn Santo André. The companies plan to open two additional Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Fortaleza and São Paulo.Scheduled to open in 2021, the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Brazil will be located at Padre Cacique Avenue, in the city of Porto Alegre and Rio Grande do Sul state. Hilton currently has a portfolio of more than 140 hotels and resorts open to welcome travelers in the Caribbean and Latin America, including seven hotels in Brazil. Luis Perillo, VP, Sales & Marketing, Caribbean & Latin America at Hilton is part of Portada´s Travel Marketing Board.


  • Grupo MYT

Mexico-based restaurant brands operator Grupo MYT has secured a significant strategic investment from global private equity firm L Catterton.The restaurant company will use the funds to support and accelerate its expansion and growth across Mexico. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Established in 2003, Grupo MYT designs and operates various restaurant models for the casual food segment in the country. It was founded by brothers Carlos, Andrés and Alfredo Mier y Terán. Brands operated by the company include Japanese casual dining restaurant Moshi Moshi; casual Mexican restaurant and cantina La Imperial; full-service multi-genre food hall Cocina Abierta; and La Crepe Parisienne kiosk format.L Catterton has made investments in various Latin American restaurant brands such as Cholula, Luigi Bosca, St. Marche, Rapsodia, Femme – Laboratório da Mulher, Espaçolaser, and Bodytech.


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  • Grupo Vidanta

Grupo Vidanta, a resort and tourism developer in Mexico and Latin America, has announced the introduction of The Estates, a luxury development to debut at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta and Vidanta Riviera Maya, two of the company’s seven resort portfolio destinations. It formerly existed under the name of “Jungle Estates.”With an initial presence in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta and Vidanta Riviera Maya, The Estates will be Vidanta’s premier resort offering, positioned for the luxury market. The new units will be designed to reflect the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape.The Estates will be in nature-filled settings at Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Maya.

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