January 29, 2010
Argentina’s tourism industry is on a steady growth pattern and that makes the national and local authorities happy and optimistic about the behavior of the activity during this year. The reactivation of the country’s economy has triggered an important flow of domestic tourists visiting all the different regions and attractions of the South American giant. Also with the sunny and warm season at its best, thousands of frontier visitors from the neighboring countries of Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and more international voyagers from farther countries are attracted and flocking in greater numbers into the vast and diverse Argentine geography.
According to the Argentine National Secretary of Tourism, almost 300.000 tourists visited Argentina’s main travel destinations only in the first two weeks of January 2010, which accounts for a 9.6 percent growth over the same period, last year. The high official added that this is a good beginning to the summer season, with higher levels of reservations already booked for all the country’s tour destinations.
The Ministry of Industry and Tourism of Argentina reported 8.600.000 tourists visiting the country in December of 2009 and the first two weeks of 2010, which represents an increase of 6.1 percent compared with the same period in 2008-2009. The impressive figures are showing also that, in addition to the climatic season’s motivation, Argentina is becoming more of a feature destination in South America, with its vast offer of regions, cities, countryside, attractions and activities for all tastes and interests. Patagonia; Iguazú Falls, the Cordoba region, Mendoza and its magnificent wines and wineries; the Andes and of course the always vibrant and cosmopolitan Argentine capital, Buenos Aires and the neighboring beach resorts at and around Mar del Plata, are the most significant destinations for the local, neighbor and international voyagers.
The Atlantic Coast of Buenos Aires and particularly Mar del Plata, registered the main flow of guests during this count of the first two weeks of the year, predominantly nationals and border country tourists, with 667.300 visitors in the first two weeks of January 2010, rising and 8 percent over the same period of 2009, specified the Ministry’s note. Among the non-seaside destinations, the province of Cordoba, famous for its beautiful landscapes, lakes and rivers took the lead in numbers of visitors at this beginning of the year’s count, with close to 800.000 visits during the first two weeks of January, representing for the area an increase of 3.2 percent rise, as compared with the same period in 2009.
The cruise ships’ high season, with dozens of international vessels calling into Buenos Aires on their way to and/or from Patagonia and the Antarctic region is making the numbers rapidly rise as it reaches its peak during the late January, all of February and March. Expectations are high among the authorities and especially among the tour operators and tourism services suppliers all around the country, as the benefits of this high flow of travelers brings in important income to the country’s economy and generates a greater demand for employment.
Also the skiing season has already started and the Bariloche area and the other ski resort outposts in the Andean region are enjoying high levels of occupation, while the season already has more than three months to go. These are good news for the Argentines and for the travel industry. We will be more than happy to tailor make an unforgettable trip for you, suited to your particular interest and demands, while there is still plenty of time to enjoy Argentina’s highest tourism season.