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.
Originally scheduled to open its doors in early 2019, Apple’s first Latin American flagship store is back on track for unveiling in an upscale Mexico City mall later this year after undergoing a major redesign to consolidate two stories of floorspace into one. Construction of the large single-story standalone structure at Antara Fashion Hall in Ciudad de Mexico’s (CDMX) Polanco district has been ongoing for months. Apple committed to plans to build a Latin American flagship in 2017, just six months after opening its first retail store in the region at Mexico’s Centro Santa Fe mall. The Antara location was selected over a nearby plot on Avenida Presidente Masaryk due to the first store’s strong enterprise sales, which currently account for more than 40% of all revenue.
- PepsiCo/ Grupo Gepp
PepsiCo plans to invest US$4B in Mexico between 2019-2020 with partner Grupo Gepp and create around 3,000 new jobs. Part of the investment will go toward a US$109M new plant in the central state of Guanajuato, which should be operating at full capacity by 2025. Grupo Gepp markets Pepsi products in Mexico.
- Adsmovil / Rappi
Adsmovil, leader in mobile advertisement in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States, and all-purpose delivery application Rappi have joined forces to launch Click2Rappi. Software Click2Rappi is aimed at recognizing users’ taste through their searches and online purchases and offer them certain products according to their location. In addition, the software will make sure the product is actually available and deliver in time by the closest “Rappitendero”.The products will be offer through advertising display on the pages through which the person navigates.Rappi users will be able to buy what they want with a single click as the software will send them directly to the payment. For those who do not have the application, it will allow them to quickly register and close the purchase.
- Visit Orlando
A rise in tourists from Latin America helped push Visit Orlando to yet another record number of visitors last year, solidifying the region’s position as the country’s most-visited destination, Orlando Sentinel has reported. Officials with the tourism marketing agency announced that a record 75 million people visited Central Florida in 2018, a 4.2 percent jump from the previous year.The increase included an 8.1 percent jump to 893,000 visitors from Brazil and a 13.4 percent boost in tourists from Mexico to 382,000.The record comes as the region gears up for another string of hotel openings during the next two years, as dozens of projects are expected to finish.
- Mercado Libre
Online Marketing agency Interactivity will continue working with Mercado Libre to develop the content and manage the company´s LinkedIn profile, in order to amplify job searches of the leading e-commerce company in Latin America .Interactivity will develop the brand´s digital strategy, audiovisual content and manage the LinkedIn community for the entire region.
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JetBlue announced that its new and expanded Guayaquil service, with daily nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE), is now out for sale. JetBlue will launch the new service on December 5, 2019 (a). Flights will operate daily and the new route will become the longest in the JetBlue network, stretching beyond today’s longest route by more than 200 nautical miles.Home to more than two million people, Guayaquil, is buzzing with colorful cityscapes, outdoor gardens and zoos. The city is also a convenient gateway to the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands. With quick and easy flight access from Guayaquil, travelers can get up close and personal with wildlife while surrounded by unique landscapes unlike anywhere else in the world.Guayaquil is the second city in Ecuador JetBlue serves and the sixth JetBlue city in South America overall. The airline first launched daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Quito in 2016. Existing service between Fort Lauderdale and Guayaquil launched February 2019.
- Holiday Inn Piura
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the opening of the newly-built 118-room Holiday Inn Piura hotel located in the coastal city of Piura, Peru. The Holiday Inn Piura hotel is the company’s first brand to open in Piura, which is the business hub of Peru’s northern region.Holiday Inn Piura is owned by Corporacion Hotelera Piura S.A.C. and operated by Grupo Agrisal Division Hotelera. The hotel is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories.Gerardo Murray, Regional Vice President Marketing, Commercial and Revenue Strategy, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG, said: “We are proud to continue IHG’s growth in Peru with the opening of Holiday Inn Piura. We are excited to bring business and leisure travelers a welcoming stay they can count on while exploring new destinations within this magnificent country.”
- Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Hilton has announced the signing of ROK Hotel, Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, representing the brand’s debut in Jamaica and the Caribbean.Slated to open in 2020, the 168-room property, owned by PanJam Investment Limited, sits in a multi-purpose complex on the Kingston Waterfront and will include retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.Under redevelopment to further revitalize the Kingston Waterfront, the 12-storey building originally opened in 1977 as the Oceana Hotel. Now, it is being transformed into ROK, Kingston, a contemporary hotel offering guests convenient access to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the historic landmark, Port Royal.
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