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Half a million Argentine tourists ‘invaded’ Chile during the first quarter of 2012

Wednesday, April 11th 2012 - 02:13 UTC
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In the first quarter of this year, 1.2 million foreign tourists arrived in Chile, which represents a 14% increase over the same period a year ago, reported the Under Secretary of Tourism Jacqueline Plass. Read full article


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  • rebeldenacion

    And just what did you all expect from Argentina, a repeat performance of course.......for your viewing pleasure:
    Gracias Cristina y Nestor.......oh and thanks too Boudou!!

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 05:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    This thread isn't even about Argentina, or negative, you sad stalker. I'm starting to think you have a closeted crush on Cristina, which has mutated into this hatred...

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 08:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    LOL! Invaded is a bit strong but it certainly feels like that in Vina del Mar in January. I think the Chileans are happy to take their money as they build their tourism industry. A customer is a customer. They do complain that the Argentines don't spend very much money per head but it is still income.

    And the beaches in Chile are spectacular.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 10:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Complain? Maybe they should complain to themselves. Charging 70 pesos at a nightclub for a puny few milligrams of fernet (that's almost almost 20 US dollars), isn't exactly “business friendly”. I've been to clubs in Europe and the USA and the average price for similar average liquor would be between 7-12 US dollars.

    I'll drink in a nightclub, specially in Chile in January, when they decide to understand I'm not a fool.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 04:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    4. Were you paying in Arg Pesos? Arg$70 would be U$15.5 at the Arg official gov't rate but I am sure they were charging you the leak rate so you were really paying U$11. Wait until next year when that same bottle is Arg$165 pesos! You are really lucky they took the Arg Peso at all it is worthless in the USA you can't exchange them anywhere.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Well, that's life, I doubt you could exchange any currency in the US outside of Euros, pounds, yen and swiss franc (and the canadian).

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    No one will exchange Argentine Pesos in the UK either. The Chilean peso is fine.

    I am certain the nightclubs are happier places without TTT scowling in the corner. I always have a great time in Chilean night clubs. For a start they play current music, unlike in Argentina where the music is stuck in the 80's.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pedro

    Why oh why are the Argies flocking to Chile? Because KFC wont change dollars with Uruguay. So? then you go to Chile and after that to Brazil and .... etc

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 05:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    We play English/US music from the 80s, because that is the last decade any music of worth came out of there. After REM, Pixies, and Nirvana, the 90s has been “Rap today and Rap all the time”, and Argentines detest rap, it never caught on like in other countries in Latin America (the “thug” market is already taken here by Cumbia Villera). Meanwhile, UK rock nosedived after the Blur/Radiohead generation... with rare exceptions like The Strokes, and some stuff from Coldplay and Muse, everything else is crap.

    I don't need alcohol to get girls (including British ones). My last was a really gorgeous (in a doll house kind of beauty), French girl that is in the Arme de l'air. She had just finished some exchange training in the US as part of NATO activities those armies perform. Before going back to France, she wanted to visit Brazil and Argentina...

    2 years ago I had a good week with a girl from the north England. The part where the young people have their own cultural identity (can't remember the name). :)

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 06:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • KFC de Pollo

    I bet they are returning with many LCD's, Laptops, Gaming Consoles, Ipads, Ipods, Iphones, Androids and dollars.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 06:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    6. You've never been here have you? I can order/exchange most any currency in the world. I was shocked when the bank wouldn't accept Arg Pesos I think I have a bunch in a drawer that are worth less and less everyday. I would mail them to my family in BA but I know they would never make it out of eze.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 07:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll


    Oh so you are a expat argie or some relative thereof. That would explain your cretinization against Argentina. Most argie expats are bitter and ranting about Argentina. To a point I understand where they may be coming from, but at some point it becomes vitriol and self-destructive.

    There are people all over the world that are expats for whatever reasons, and they don't have the loathing towards their former country as argie expats do.

    If they accept any currency in the world in the USA, then it probably means they don't accept argie currency because the USA is an enemy of Argentina.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 07:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Gads no!! I am from the USA I only lived in BA for a few years. I have niece and nephew on my spouse's side.
    No they don't accept Arg Peso because it is very unstable and they could get stuck with a bunch of it when it is further devalued. Totally business there is no hate or love involved. BTW unlike ARG the US Federal Govt doesn't have anything to do with day to day personal currency exchanges.
    You need to come here sometime, you have no idea how ridiculous you sound trying to defend the insane policy and practices of The Argentine.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    No, the reason Argentine pesos are not accepted is because of the default in 2001/2. Argentina is still a financial pariah and will be until it makes an effort to start repaying its debts. Nothing to do with liking or disliking the country or the people.

    I know this because I asked at several banks and currency exchanges - way back before I first visited the country - why they wouldn't sell me any Argentine pesos. I always like to arrive in a country with some local currency in my pocket for transfers and tipping.

    I have not had any problem getting currencies for other South American countries I have visited.

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Well then your argie spouse has poisoned you obviously.

    BTW, I'm not trying to change the topic, but didn't I tell you this shooting of the black kid was going to get really bad?

    You have White nazis and Black nazis in the area now. And there's the hispanic mix. I knew from the moment I read this case it would be different.

    There have been people intimidated, their houses vandalized, police cars shot at, blacks threatened by racists, black nationalists asking for violence... I told you, it will be a hot northern summer!

    Apr 11th, 2012 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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