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Arriving tourists to September in Chile up 15-9% and total over 2.5 million

Wednesday, December 19th 2012 - 06:36 UTC
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Australian tourists are the big surprise this year in Chile Australian tourists are the big surprise this year in Chile

The number of tourist arrivals in Chile increased 15.9% in the first nine months of the year (Jan/September) totalling 2.565.525, according to the Federation of Tourism Enterprises, which represents “an excellent accumulated growth”.

The Federation also points out that in the third quarter, August was by far the best month with a 26.9% increase over the same period in 2011, which in numbers meant 240.00 arriving tourists in a single month.

Regarding expenditure, the report from the Chilean federation indicates that in July/September 2012, tourists from the US and EU increased their outlays by 6.7% and 6.1%, which are “clear signals of recovery”.

However in arrivals the big star was Australia with an increase in August of the number of Australians visiting Chile of 65% and 41% in the nine months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

In the ‘neighbourhood’ arrivals from Argentina, Colombia and Brazil jumped 30%, 26% and 16% to September. However the Federation Vice-president also points out that the Argentine influx must be considered in their special circumstances.

“This year the number of arrivals is made up of numerous but very brief visits of Argentines who came to Chile for shopping or looking for those goods they can’t acquire at home, which also means a minimal use of our tourism potential”, cautions Eugenio Yunis.

Anyhow in the first nine months of the year the number of Europeans and Americans arriving in Chile increased 5% and 2%. “This means that Chile retains its third place as the South American country which receives most international arriving tourists behind Argentina and Brazil”, concluded Yunis.

Tags: Chile, tourism.

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  • Condorito

    Increasing tourist arrivals from the north is most certainly a sign the recovery is under way. A holiday to Chile is not exactly an essential item.

    I can also corroborate that “Argentine influx must be considered in their special circumstances”. In just a couple of weeks from now my town will be overrun by Argies going crazy in the malls and supermarkets. In theory they come for the beach, but going by the transformation of supermarket car parks in to an ocean of (lovingly maintained) 1980s Argie-made Peugeots, they are surely stocking up for the year.

    All welcome Argies, but try to keep the noise down. If you find some running shoes you like, don’t just shout “¡Gorda, mirá!...” to your wife who is 5 aisles away in the cake section. Walk down to the cake section and talk to her at a normal volume. There’s an Argie couple who have been using the internet cafe across the road from my office this week. He sits at one PC and she sits at the one next to him. If I open my front window I can hear their conversation...really.

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:12 pm 0
  • reality check

    After the recent Cruise Ship fiasco, the figures will probably getting be getting slightly better.
    I'm looking for an exotic holiday location for her in doors, on our 30th anniversary in 16. From what I have read from Chilean contributors on here, I might have found just the place. Might even call at the Falkland Islands and pay my respects to the fallen.

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:12 pm 0
  • Condorito

    Chile is an amazing holiday destination. It has the right balance of good rule of law, good infrastructure, friendly locals and mind blowing scenery to make it an exotic, adventurous and enjoyable place to visit.

    “in 16”?? I’m impressed if you are really planning 3 years ahead?

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:56 pm 0
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