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Argentina to propose a Schengen space to promote regional tourism

Wednesday, January 18th 2017 - 11:57 UTC
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Santos said Argentina expects arriving tourists to increase 50% in the next few years, and underlined the good numbers of 2016, particularly since last August Santos said Argentina expects arriving tourists to increase 50% in the next few years, and underlined the good numbers of 2016, particularly since last August
Argentina last year experienced a 20% and 16% increase in tourists from China and the US, besides 8% more from the European Union. Argentina last year experienced a 20% and 16% increase in tourists from China and the US, besides 8% more from the European Union.

Argentina aspires to become the back bone of an integrated Mercosur with the Pacific Alliance, said the country's Tourism minister Gustavo Santos attending the International Tourism Fair, Fitur, taking place in Spain.

 “That is the role Argentina must play and we should be leaders in this strategic area” said Santos. “We have much to grow” and Argentina is going to propose to Brazil and Chile a visas reciprocity, which if accepted and implemented it could help create a free movement Schengen space, su as exists in the European Union.

Santos said Argentina expects arriving tourists to increase 50% in the next few years, and underlined the good numbers of 2016, particularly since last August, when they again started to grow after 18 depressing months.

Argentina last year experienced a 20% and 16% increase in tourists from China and the US, besides 8% more from the European Union. But the big boost was from Brazil with a 38% jump during December, following an enormous contraction the previous year.

At the Fitur 2017 fair Argentina has displayed a wide ranging option of eco-tourism attractions particularly national parks and reserves, following UN criteria since this year is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Santos said that there is an “indissoluble bond” between the environment and human development, and responsible tourism is an inclusive industry that helps combat poverty, creates jobs, looks after resources and respects the different communities.

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  • ElaineB

    @TTT

    The comparisons of Trump's populist stance and CFK's have been around since he started campaigning. The irony of some posters who would constantly attack CFK but support Trump has not been lost, we can see it and have remarked on it. But that is not ALL posters. You do tend to lump together everyone who is not Argentine.

    Just to clarify, I despised CFK and her policies. I despise Trump and probably will dislike his policies once we know what they actually are. Don't think for one moment that his election promises are likely to become policy. He has already been walking back on most of them.

    CFK and Trump share a lot of qualities. Both are in it for personal enrichment and all about themselves. Both know how to sell to the most vulnerable and stupid. They know how to tap into prejudices and to rule by division.

    TTT, I never had you as a CFK supporter. You only really defended her because she was your President but you also criticised her corrupt administration.

    Jan 20th, 2017 - 09:43 am +4
  • Captain Poppy

    Hollywood, Washington, Broadway....the difference is? My wife, a Portena, says Trump is our Kirchner. He is even moving the White House press corps out of the White House. Everyone on MP kept saying, she (Kirchner) will never finish her term, now, we are saying it here. He's such a big, fat lying, unethical pig, we can only up that his high LDL will put him in his place.
    Christ and the GOP who stopped the Democrats in the past for less, are so bad. Non payment of taxes, questionable stock trades and the list goes on.

    The Kremlin is the new White House

    Who was the ferocious, anti Russian poster claiming to be an American, yet a Trumpeter? We never see him anymore. Do you suppose with all that anti Russian sentiment combined with being a Trumpeter he will ever post again?

    Jan 19th, 2017 - 11:38 am +3
  • Marti Llazo

    If you close the frontiers to immigrants with criminal records, where will the next generation of kirchneristas come from?

    Jan 18th, 2017 - 01:11 pm +2
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