During the 2013/14 season, 237 cruise vessels called in Uruguay's two main ports, Montevideo and Punta del Este, with 409.367 visitors, a 6,3% increase in calls over the previous season, according to a report released by the country's presidential web-site.
The official stats from the Uruguayan government indicate that the visitors spend an estimated 19 million dollars which works out at 47 dollars per capita. A majority, 45.5% were from Brazil and 29%, Argentine.
The cruise season is taken from October to April and in this last report, of the 237 cruise calls, 121 arrived in Montevideo and the remaining 116 to Punta del Este. Of the total number of visitors, 183.523 landed in Montevideo and 225.844 in Punta del Este. The 30/64 age group was the most numerous with 296.124 visitors, representing 72.3% of the total.
The total number of calls was up 6.3% over the 223 of the previous period.
According to an opinion poll involving 4.300 visitors in both cities, in Montevideo what most impressed visitors (21%) was the people, their warmth and service, while in Punta del Este, 22.7% underlined the beaches, the coast and the promenade along the peninsula.
Money spent by visitors was estimated at 19.15 million dollars of which, 8.7 million in Montevideo and 10.48 in Punta del Este, with shopping (10.6 million) (55.6%) and food (4.9 million) (25.5%) the items in which most funds were invested. Per capita expenditure of 47 dollars was 2.2% higher than in 2012/13 season.
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And Argentina's were down, IIRCJul 01st, 2014 - 08:14 am 0
Nice to see more cruises, especially at Punta but it won't make up for the loss of Argentines due to the dollar freeze imposed by TMBOA.Jul 01st, 2014 - 11:20 am 0
More Uruguayo are coming to the area to holiday but they don't spend much money anyway due to all the taxes imposed to pay for No Money Pepe's social programme.
I post that due to seeing more filthy dirty people than ever before during the season, I wonder if they are Pepe's Poor on holiday?
1,727 tourists per cruise ship.Jul 01st, 2014 - 12:48 pm 0
I doubt it!
How big is the average cruise ship?
Are the tourists counted off and counted back onboard?
- what percentage of the ship's total tourist pop.?
My experience is that, by the time the cruise ships get this far south, a large fraction of the tourists stay on board when in port - after all, they have already paid for the pretty decent food.
Older tourists don't like the heat/cold/wind/rain/beggars/hills/food/language
police/locals/risk of being bitten by footballers/rabies/spiny prickly things.