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Montevideo, October 19th 2018 - 03:32 UTC

Argentina attracting more tourists while less Argentines travelling overseas

Thursday, October 11th 2018 - 08:44 UTC
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Winter resort Bariloche in Patagonia received the highest percentage of incoming tourists, given the launching of direct flights from Brazil Winter resort Bariloche in Patagonia received the highest percentage of incoming tourists, given the launching of direct flights from Brazil
Overall figures indicate that 1.727.600 tourists arrived in Argentina during the first eight months of the year, up 5.5%, while 3.268.500 travelled overseas Overall figures indicate that 1.727.600 tourists arrived in Argentina during the first eight months of the year, up 5.5%, while 3.268.500 travelled overseas

The number of incoming tourists to Argentina is increasing month after month since the drastic devaluation of the local currency, while outgoing tourism has dropped significantly. According to the latest release from the country's stats office, Indec, 224.000 tourists arrived in Argentina during August, 7.4% more than a year ago, while residents travelling overseas dropped 11.9%, to 335.300.

A dearer dollar makes travelling overseas much more expensive for Argentines while considerably cheaper for incoming tourists. Anyhow the misbalance will take some time since many packages are still to be enjoyed by Argentines in coming months.

Overall figures indicate that 1.727.600 tourists arrived in Argentina during the first eight months of the year, up 5.5%, while 3.268.500 travelled overseas, which represented a 6.2% increase.

Winter resort Bariloche in Patagonia received the highest percentage of incoming tourists, given the launching of direct flights from Brazil. In effect during August, 78.200 Brazilians arrived in Argentina, up 13%, and 36.600 from Europe, up 2.5%, and another 33.800 from the “rest of America”, up 5.8%. Among which 25.000 from neighboring Chile, up 13.4% compared to August 2017.
On average tourists spent 14.5 nights in Argentina, but from the “rest of America”, 25.2 nights and Europeans, 23.6 nights.

Argentine tourists preferences were Europe, 29.7%; United States and Canada, 22% and Brazil, 16.8%. Although Argentine tourism is receding overall, Uruguay and Europe remain as steady destinations.

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  • Enrique Massot

    Not only Argentines are travelling less abroad. They are reducing holiday trips within the country as well. Come to think of it, president Mauricio Macri is nonetheless making a great contribution to the reduction of climate change by forcing his country people to consume less.

    Nobody can say Macri did not warn citizens: he told them to keep their coats when inside their homes, even before he unleashed wild energy bills increases that has now made everybody obsessed with turning off the lights.

    Where is David Suzuki when we need him?

    Posted 6 days ago 0
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