Copa Airlines introduces Mendoza and Salta to Canadian MICE market

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A recent trade mission hosted by Copa Airlines introduced the Argentinian provinces of Mendoza and Salta to members of the Canadian MICE and travel trade.

Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Argentina, representatives from the two important wine-producing and tourism regions visited Montreal on September 11 and Toronto on September 12. In each city, delegates showcased the wine, gastronomy and outdoor adventures abundant in both regions while Copa representatives shared what’s new with Latin America’s premier carrier.

“Copa Airlines is proud to be the leading Latin American carrier to offer five times weekly flights from Toronto and four times weekly flights from Montreal through Tocumen International Airport in Panama City to Argentina including Salta and Mendoza, which represent the two most important wine regions of Argentina,” said Laura Marin, sales manager, Canada, Copa Airlines. “From our Hub of the Americas® in Panama we provide the best connectivity on the American continent and expect to continue to contribute substantially to the development of tourism and business in Mendoza and Salta, Argentina.”

Marin added that the Canadian trade mission to promote Argentina to the travel trade, tour operators and the MICE market represented another important step in continuing to strengthen operations in Latin America and on Copa Airlines.

PHOTO: In Toronto, the trade mission hosted members of the MICE and travel trade at Leña Restaurante. Delegates shown here are (l-r) Andres Höy, Commercial Representative of the Tourism Chamber of Salta; Laura Diaz, Manager of Hotel Association of Mendoza; Estanislao Villanueva, Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Salta; Maria Arrieta, Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Argentina; Laura Marin, Sales Manager Canada, Copa Airlines; Yolanda Molinuevo Ortega, Sales Executive Copa Airlines; Bernardo Gonzales, Copa Airlines; Marina Milanesio, Director of Tourism Promotion – Mendoza Tourism Board; Rodrigo Lemos, Commercial Representative of the Travel Agents Association of Mendoza.

Salta’s Secretary of Tourism – Government of Salta, Estanislao Villanueva, said that the province had many expectations for the Copa Airlines flights to Salta. “For the first time, Salta is directly connected with Panama, one of the most important air hubs in the Americas® and from there to the rest of the world. This allows us to continue positioning Salta as a premiere travel destination in the international market.”

“Salta is the capital of its namesake province, located in the mountainous Argentine northwest. Its different attractions include its colonial architecture, bohemian spirit and impressive landscape including mountains, valleys and vineyards,” Villanueva explained. “In addition, visitors can experience Salta’s historic district and the incredible ride aboard the famous ‘Train to the Clouds’, which goes through the majestic ravines, moving to heights close to 4,200 meters above sea level. Lastly, visitors can savour the Torrontés white wine that represents the Salta emblem grape, enjoy adventure sports and the dramatic landscapes of the Calchaquies Valleys.”

The Mendoza region is also very happy to have Copa Airlines getting closer, said Marina Milanesio, director of Tourism Promotion-Mendoza Tourism Board. “Connectivity is key to improving efficient transport, mainly boosting investment and tourism in Argentina,” she explained. “We have some of the best wines and produce exceptional Malbecs and other red wines. Additionally, the beauty of the area is seen as you stroll the tree-lined streets with many modern and art deco buildings, cosmopolitan cafes and contemporary art.”

About Copa Airlines

A subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. and a member of the global Star Alliance airline network, Copa Airlines currently operates an average of 315 daily departures and arrivals through its Hub of the Americas® at Tocumen International Airport. Its on-time performance of 89.79 per cent recently earned it the airline recognition as the “most punctual airline in the world” from London-based air travel intelligence company OAG and for the 6th consecutive year as the “most punctual airline in Latin America” by FlightStats. Its on-board services include complimentary hot meals and beverages (including wines and spirits); a 12-channel audio-visual entertainment system in English, Spanish and Portuguese; complimentary headsets; and checked luggage to the final destination. Copa connects Canadians with five key destinations in Argentina—Mendoza, Salta, Rosario, Cordoba and Buenos Aires.