Did you know that the Andes are the longest mountain chain in the world and the highest mountains outside of Asia? With a north-south extension of 7500 kilometers, they are more than fifty percent longer than the Rocky Mountains in North America (4800 km) and almost twice as long as the 4400 kilometers of the Himalayas-Karakoram-Hindu Kush system. Although the region of the Andes is still largely inaccessible, the world’s longest mountain chain has incredible potential for the development of new ski areas. After all, who would have thought only ten years ago that ropeways would become a standard feature of the public transport systems of the cities of South America? To put it in a nutshell, ropeways and the whole field of mountain technologies are now well established on the South American market. It is simply a matter of time and future tourism strategy – and the willingness of the Andean countries to invest – before winter ropeway systems become a big issue in South America, too. One person who was quick to recognize this potential is Francisco Sotomayor, General Manager of Pro Andes and organizer of the Expo Andes trade show. Although Expo Andes, with its focus on mountain technologies, mining and urban transportation, is still in knee-pants, he has already been able to position the event as a platform for the ropeway industry and related fields of business in Chile. He made a particularly good decision in choosing urban transport as the main focus of this year’s program, with Richard Resl as the keynote speaker. In addition to the excellent presentations, the many decision-makers from the worlds of politics and business among the visitors were thus able to find the information they need on the subject of mountain technologies at the stands of the various exhibitors.
Expo Andes 2015