SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE.– The most important month of the winter season closes with occupancy levels above 90% in this city, which is not only among the Destinations most chosen by Argentinesbut it recovers at an accelerated pace the influx of foreign.
“We are having an excellent season, with 95% of occupation. If we take into account that Bariloche It has 31,000 hotel beds, many people are visiting us. with 30 flights daily average, we are the inland destination with the highest connectivityfraud direct services from Salta, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Rosario, Córdoba, Viedma and San Pablo”, he told THE NATION Gaston Mocking, tourism secretary local. In fact, the Aerolineas Argentinas flights from the Buenos Aires airport Jorge Newbery to Bariloche had an average occupancy rate of 93% during July.
In addition, the official pointed out that Argentinian airlines has just announced that direct flights from Brazil, that until now were confirmed until August 31, will be extended until September 18. And, as of September 19, they will maintain a weekly frequency throughout the year. The airline committed itself, in turn, to add a frequency if demand required it.
Boosted by the arrival of Brazilian tourists, the Bariloche airport it became the second in the country with the highest flow of visitors in the first half of the year, behind the metropolitan airport. Also, from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Nation reported that this city was the most chosen place by people who accessed the second edition of the program Pre-Trip.
The president of the Chamber of Tourism, Ezekiel BarberisHe also highlighted the large influx of Argentines and foreigners: “We are very happy with the season that is going on Bariloche. Once again, national tourism has chosen us as the No. 1 destination for their winter vacations. We have also recovered international tourism, with Brazil as the main market and almost returning to pre-pandemic numbers. And there’s a lot of Uruguayans Y Chileans in the city. A new market has even emerged, that of tourists Paraguayans”.
Besides of Cathedral Hillvisitors choose activities like those offered at the resort White stonesthe cable car autumn hill and the bell tower. The classic lake excursions –Puerto Blest and Cascada de los Cántaros, Isla Victoria and Bosque de Arrayanes– are also among the most requested. Among the new options, Argentines and foreigners sold out the tickets for the Patagonian Trainwhich last week began offering a night tour between the Bariloche and Perito Moreno stations, with dinner included.
As happened with the Argentines when the restrictions imposed by the pandemicalso they brazilians they seem to have dreamed of their return to the snow. “Although the highest percentage of visitors are Argentines, this winter Brazilian tourism joined. Beyond the quantity, the composition of the groups caught our attention: families continue to arrive, but they are ‘extended’ families, that is, they come with grandparents, uncles, etc. larger family groups than those who used to visit us before the pandemic,” says the vice president of the Gastronomic Hotel Business Association of Bariloche (ahgb), Vicente Bua. In addition to those who arrive by plane, dozens of vehicles with Brazilian patent.
Bua adds that the gastronomic also “are working very well”, although they did notice an increase in the use of the deliveryespecially among those who stay in accommodations of 3 stars or less.
Like many of his colleagues, Maria Eugenie Locreilleowner of the Chocolate factory Belgian VanWynsberghe, highlights the response of the Uruguayan public. “Not only Argentines value quality products (and imported ones, such as cocoa), but also Uruguayans, who took over the city this season and spend much more than we expected. The change it’s very convenient for them,” he says.
In addition to its premises at kilometer 15.5 of the bustillo avenuethe boutique brand opened two franchises this winter: a chocolate bar on Cerro Catedral and a Sweet spot in the heart of Bariloche. “Despite the crisis and the uncertainty, the two spaces worked very well. Chocolate became star gift before the holidays are over”, adds Locreille.
As was said, these last two weeks of July were the ones with the highest hotel occupancy, with percentages close to 95%. The average stay is around five days, although there are many families who stay longer. Beyond the peaks of July, expectations indicate that the two strong months of the season (July and August) will end with an average occupancy rate of 75%. That percentage could increase if the snowfall accompanies: many people who have not yet booked decide their trip at the last minute.