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Tourism within the country grew 2.2% in January and fewer Argentines traveled abroad

The increase in the exchange rate discouraged tourism abroad.
Travel
06 February, 2019

Tourism that chose to travel through Argentina grew 2.2% in January while those that did abroad, especially to neighboring countries, fell between 40% and 50% due to the exchange rate, according to preliminary data from the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME).
 The 12.4 million people who moved through the country in January, 2.2% more than in 2018, and who generated a direct expenditure of almost $ 68,000 million “boosted local development,” the entity said.
 “For many destinations, the high exchange rate that discouraged traveling abroad, especially to Brazil and Uruguay, and encouraged greater international arrivals, helped sustain the season,” he said through a report published on his website.
 According to CAME, transfers to neighboring countries had, according to preliminary studies, “a decrease of between 40 and 50%” and the interannual increase of 2.2% of the internal movement was recorded especially in the “middle-income sectors tall and tall. “
 The average stay was 4.3 days, with a daily outlay of $ 1,278 and a direct expense of $ 67,933 million.
 The season was divided into 5.8 million people who traveled in the first half of January, 1.9% more than in the same days last year, and 6.6 million who did it in the second, 2.5% more than in 2018.
 Among the preferences of the traveler, CAME highlighted the majority choice of beach areas (sea, river, streams), followed by hot springs and mountains.
 The report indicated that the Argentine coast, Córdoba, Mendoza, Iguazu Falls, Las Grutas and Bariloche were among the most sought after destinations.
 “Only Mar del Plata would have entered more than 1.2 million people in the month,” they said.
 In Misiones, Puerto Iguazú was the main destination with an average occupancy rate of 92%, with a greater flow of foreigners.
 Something similar happened in Mendoza, where the high mountains and the provincial south were the busiest destinations, with an average occupancy of 75% compared to 69% in January 2018.
 The January of Córdoba “lived with a good visitor movement”, where the higher category and cost accommodations worked with high demand for tourism with greater purchasing power.
 However, the report indicated that in that province the movement of lodgings for the class was more “cautious.”
 The survey indicated that in Jujuy an average of 75% of hotel occupancy was registered, with an increase in average spending and the length of stay of visitors.
 Patagonia “had a good January” for CAME, where destinations such as Villa La Angostura and San Martín de los Andes achieved a growth of between 1 and 3% year-on-year, although with sales that “remained slightly below”.
 In Ushuaia, they said there was “a good flow of foreign tourists”, mainly contributed by the large cruise ships that, according to local data, contributed with an interannual increase of 23%, surpassing 110,000 passengers.
 CAME defined as “atypical” at the beginning of the year in Entre Ríos, due to rainfall and flooding of the Uruguay, Paraná and Gualeguaychú rivers, with average occupations that ranged between 85% in the thermal springs of Concepción del Uruguay and the “delicate” situation “of Concordia, where the average occupancy reached 40%.

Source: Télam

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