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Uruguay experienced poor 2014/15 cruise season; costs in the region limited vessel calls

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:32 UTC
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The 2014/15 cruise season was not encouraging for Uruguay which reported a drop in the number of vessels calling; passenger landings and money spent by the industry and visitors, according to the official assessment of the season presented by Tourism ministry officials and other government offices involved in the different operations. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Uruguay (and other South American) countries should be aiming for the backpacker market. They stay longer and spend more per person than most other travellers.

    They are much more profitable than cruise ships and as they spend longer and more they help create labour intensive tourism infrastructure: hostels, tour guides, restaurants, etc.

    Jul 04th, 2015 - 07:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 Skip

    Uruguay, from what I have seen of it living here doesn't have the infrastructure for people who go backpacking: there are very few hostel type facilities in the NE coastal towns.

    ”which is also a consequence of rates and operating conditions in several ports in the area (mainly Argentina and to a lesser extent Brazil), but not Uruguay“.” I was amazed at this statement when the local papers went to the trouble of explaining how Maldonado's insistence on the cruise liners that only local boats can be used for their own passengers (at a stiff cost and NOT meeting the safety requirements of the liners) was likely to cause trouble. And here it is.

    The Broad Fraud children just cannot think anything through at all. Apparently the 'White' (Blanco Party) Boss is back, so well known for all the accusations of graft and corruption the LAST time he was 'Boss' - YES, the locals voted him back in because the Broad Fraud were even worse.

    Children in adult bodies running the place - nothing changes in Uruguayo politics.

    Such a shame, it's such a lovely country, but like the UK the politicians are shit.

    Jul 04th, 2015 - 12:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip


    Backpackers don't need it to start. They just need the thrill of trailblazing to start. Backpackers opened up Vietnam and Cambodia among other countries. You don't need hostels, you just need rooms in a house. They'll use the local buses. They'll discover the towns and locations that will become new tourist hotspots.

    All the government needs to do is promote and foster. That's all. No need for upfront infrastructure. No ports etc. Just make getting there and staying there easy. Market to rich western 20 somethings that are looking for a gap year. Make Uruguay a base to explore Argentina and southern Brazil.

    Jul 04th, 2015 - 12:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    “strategic patience”

    But at what cost to Uruguay?

    Jul 04th, 2015 - 04:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 4 Pugol-H

    Apart from Vasquez all the other cretins in government seem to be shit-scared of rocking the boat with the argies claiming they will make life difficult for us.

    I have news for these people: NOT paying a U$D (not even an arsewipe) for all the electricity they have had for well over a year now and continue to have via the cable under the Plate AND only paying 90% or LESS against genuine invoices for exports from Uruguay means they are already acting like the crooks that we know and hate.

    Brotherly love between TDC and any other in SA is a joke and is only spouted by the idiots such as Stevie “Breakdowns 'R Us” and the trolls.

    Jul 04th, 2015 - 06:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    I don't know about the rest of the country, but in my opinion what Punta del Este needs is more well-to-do visitors who purchase expensive homes and furnish and maintain them. They pay tax and servants' salaries all the year round, and when they come they spend more in a week than members of the Argentine middle class in a month.

    Jul 05th, 2015 - 05:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 6 ynsere

    I agree but those days are over until somebody who is honest is the President of Argentina. Ha, ha, ha, ha.

    Unless more Paraguayans and Brazilians come down?

    I saw a hell of a lot of Paraguay registered cars last season.

    Jul 05th, 2015 - 11:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Is it possible that the people who used to go to Uruguay now go to South Georgia?

    Jul 05th, 2015 - 11:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    I've always liked Uruguay and it's far safer than Argentina. Frankly the as ado is better as well. They need to clean up their act however regarding cruise liners.

    CHILE Copa America Winner. 4-1

    Jul 05th, 2015 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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