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Latin American Forecasts for Humanitarians in 2017

In this ever-changing world, it is important for humanitarian travel managers to keep up with the latest developments in related fields. Every day, compassionate humanitarian aid workers have to adapt how they travel, find accommodation and work. That is why travel consultancy Advito has put together Latin American forecasts for this year.

Latin American Forecasts for Humanitarians in 2017

It is hard to envision further deterioration in the political and economic situation in Latin America, according to the forecast report. Argentina has become more stable, and Brazil too is showing some promising signs in the line of stability. Be that as it may, airlines will continue to cut capacities which they started in 2016. Until fares rise, which is unlikely to happen in 2017, this will not be overturned. While Advito expects fares on average to remain unchanged, variation in these figures is majorly dependent on the destination.

This is the time to negotiate your Latin American air program while fares are cheap. Especially for long term humanitarian projects, it would be wise to make long-term contracts.

Humanitarians may find it increasingly hard to travel to Venezuela by air. Several factors have caused many airlines to reduce or even halt the trips they make in and out of the country. These factors include falling demand and difficulties recovering revenue from the country. LATAM Airlines, Air Canada, Alitalia, GOL, and Lufthansa are some of the carriers withdrawing from the market. While it is not entirely impossible to fly to Venezuela, services are limited, and travelers must use local airlines like Conviasa, Aserca and Avior.

As the economic situation stabilizes in Latin America, travel demand should be on the increase in 2017. A chronic shortage of accommodation, means average rates are unlikely to fall.  In fact, prices could climb by up to 3 percent in local currency across the continent. In the Latin American forecasts, Advito predicts increases as high as 4 percent in Brazil and 5 percent in Argentina.

Humanitarian travelers could get regional preferred supplier deals if global hotel chains expanded in Latin America. Currently, this is tough to manage. At the same time, new distribution channels are making it easier to book independent hotels. Managed travel programs are a great tool because they offer more choices to travelers.

Curious for more information how accommodation and traveling to Latin America will change in this and the coming year? Do not hesitate to contact us. We are glad to provide the assistance you need from any of our 17 offices around the world. Contact a local Raptim office through our quick address locator in case you have any questions.