South American tourism chiefs target Australia

Tourism chiefs from a trio of South American countries are hoping to encourage more Aussies to travel to that part of the world.

Representatives from Argentina, Chile and Colombia will launch a joint marketing effort to promote the nations down under, Travel Weekly reports.

The number of Aussies who are visiting the three countries is already on the rise, thanks mainly to improved air links between the two regions.

A delegation of 30 tourism organisations will take part in five events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in August.

Turismo Chile long-haul market manager Carolina Valenzuela told the news provider: "Our country has never been more accessible to Australia, with daily flights from Sydney to Santiago with LAN and Qantas and three direct flights weekly from Sydney to Santiago with Qantas."

Aussies who are planning to travel to Chile will no doubt be looking for the best exchange rates. At the moment, one Australian dollar will get you in the region of 501 Chilean pesos.

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