October 17, 2009
Chile continues to bet highly on the extraordinary potential for tourism that its magnificently scenic Patagonia region, on the extreme south of the country has. The picturesque city of Frutillar, which was recently the venue for the 34th edition of the Latin America Travel Mart is now the focus of a mega project which includes a housing development and a top class resort hotel. The project will comprise a 200-hectare property, along the Llanquihue Lake, the second largest in Chile’s Region Ten and has an estimated cost of 150 million U.S. dollars.
According to Santiago de Chile’s El Mercurio, the project will get started this coming November with the construction of apartments and houses overlooking the lake and includes the region’s first ever signature golf-course, designed by Jack “Golden Bear” Nicklaus, a former golfer and well known designer of golfing resorts.
The second stage of the “Patagonia Virgin” mega project includes the construction of a luxury upscale hotel, the Park Hyatt Patagonia, which will feature 140 lavishly appointed rooms, several restaurants, state of the art technological, business and entertainment facilities and fourteen meeting halls.
The resort will include stores, bars, restaurants and an ecological reserve, to match the top class characteristics of the infrastructure with elements inviting to the enjoyment of nature and contributing to its preservation, both by visitors as well as by the employees, workers and community in the area. In order to maintain harmony with the surrounding nature and the area’s architectural designs, all of this project’s structures will be built with the same characteristics and materials.
The sustained development of tourism into Chile and particularly to the Patagonian Region is bound to bring in more visitors to the country and increase the revenues earned through the travel and tourism industry, including the cruise ships, an also increasingly popular style to visit this remote and spectacular part of the South American country.