“Leisure travel is evolving as people are drawn to urban centers for new and vibrant experiences,” said Diana Plazas-Trowbridge, Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Urban tourism is in fashion. As travelers accelerate their summer plans, many are ditching traditional beaches to embark on city adventures around the world, redefining leisure travel by following this new trend in urban tourism. Places full of life are waiting to be rediscovered by those looking for something more than just a getaway, but rather an opportunity to broaden their horizons. Destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America are the perfect place as they breathe culture, history and unique cuisine. Marriott Bonvoy® – Marriott International’s award-winning travel program – welcomes travelers with their sights set on an urban getaway to the region, where the company offers more than 300 properties in 37 destinations.
The flexibility of remote work has made leisure and business travel possible, empowering digital nomads, who are heading to new cities by the minute. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) not only projects that there will be a billion of this type of worker in 2050, but business trips to large cities are also experiencing an increase. A recent survey by the World Business Travel Association (GBTA) shows that 82% of companies say that their employees are willing to travel for business, while 53% of employees indicated that they would be interested in extending work trips to include a leisure component. These modern travelers, who combine business and pleasure (bleisure),
Discovering new cities that have the sights, the bites, the sounds, and the sighs, transform our perspective forever. The streets are full of locals and therefore networking opportunities flourish, giving travelers an authentic taste of different cultures. 81% of travelers surveyed by American Express say they want to travel to destinations where they can immerse themselves in the local culture, and the opportunities in cities are endless – from music festivals, museums, art shows and shopping to a whirlwind culinary experiences and flavours.
“Leisure travel is evolving as people are drawn to urban centers for new and vibrant experiences,” said Diana Plazas-Trowbridge, Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott in the Caribbean and Latin America. “Our portfolio of Marriott Bonvoy® hotels in the region’s top urban destinations offers a wide range of culinary, cultural and historic options to take leisure travel to the next level and create new memories.”
Vibrant metropolises that never sleep
Head to Mexico City, where you can delight in world-renowned cuisine, visit cantinas, explore museums, and wander its historic streets. Stroll down Avenida Reforma and don’t miss the golden Angel of Independence – one of the most photographed monuments in the world. Visit Samos at The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City for a Mexican culinary journey as you gaze at the trail of lights. São Paulo is one of the most vibrant and cultural cities in the world. A mandatory stop is the São Paulo Municipal Market, which is one of the most traditional gastronomic places in the city. The São Paulo Museum of Art will allow you to enjoy the greatest artists of Brazil.
Timeless cities for unforgettable memories
Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista in Santiago de Chile, characterized by its cobblestone streets, shops, art galleries and restaurants in picturesque buildings. Visit Pablo Neruda’s House and stay at the W Santiago for a full-day visit to the Santa Rita winery, located in the Maipo Valley. Don’t miss out on a special Maqui cocktail learning experience at The Ritz-Carlton Santiago. Get to know “Panamá Viejo”, where the city was before it was destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan. Discover the “Casco Antiguo” area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its colorful colonial streets, open-air plazas, and restaurants and bars.
Urban nature hidden in paradise
San José is a city alive with nature, mountains and coffee plantations, and the privileged location of the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. To discover the cultural heritage of Santo Domingo, stay at the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino. Visit the colonial zone, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Enjoy the cocoa route, where visitors immerse themselves in the transformation of cocoa pods into exquisite chocolate. Lima offers an exquisite and innovative fusion cuisine where ceviche is one of its essential dishes, being a coastal city. Enjoy a colorful bike ride along the boardwalk and enjoy the sea breeze and the Miraflores parks. After exploring the city, relax with their sublime drink,
Urban tourism is becoming the first choice for travelers, as it can transport them to the past or propel them into the future; infuse vigor with new experiences and broaden everyone’s horizon with opportunities; transforming visitors using the power of travel.