more than 5 million tourists traveled through Argentina

Aerolineas Argentinas had full occupancy on flights to the country’s main destinations.

Last day of July and they are finishing the Winter Breakperiod during which they moved more than five million tourists throughout the country, between Argentines and foreigners.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Nation, we will have to wait for the definitive figures to have a more exact number, but they speak of a “record” compared to the same period before the pandemic.

Another fact that marks the tourist movement: Aerolineas Argentinas transported 600 thousand passengersregistering full occupancy on flights to the main vacation destinations.

The Talampaya National Park, La Rioja, filled its capacity during the winter holidays.

“As happened with the summer season, on the long weekends of Carnival, Easter and the last weekend of June, we once again exceeded the pre-pandemic tourist movement figures,” said Matías Lammens, Minister of Tourism and Sports, emphasizing that “it is no longer recovery, it is tourism growth throughout the country.”

Among the factors to take into account, the official highlighted the full consolidated destinations, emerging destinations with high occupancy, the recovery of receptive tourism and the increase in average spending.

Also Gustavo Hani, president of the Argentine Chamber of Tourism, pointed out: “We are having a great winter season, exceeding expectations in many of the traditional winter destinations. This is not only great news for our industry but also shows that tourism is synonymous with economic growth and work in every corner of our country”.

Cerro Castor, in Ushuaia, the southernmost ski resort in the world.

Cerro Castor, in Ushuaia, the southernmost ski resort in the world.

What were the busiest destinations?

The provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Mendoza; and the cities of Iguazú, Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes, Carlos Paz and Tandil registered the best occupancy levels during this winter break period.

Some data to highlight:

  • Bariloche -30 average daily flights is the destination with the highest connectivity- had a 95% occupancy rate and the tourist movement was 15% above the winter season of 2019.
  • Tandil, in the province of Buenos Aires, registered an average occupancy rate of 86%. It was the Buenos Aires destination with the highest level of occupation.
Cheeses and salamis, typical products of Tandil.  Photo Tourism Tandil

Cheeses and salamis, typical products of Tandil. Photo Tourism Tandil
  • Iguazú, one of the country’s star destinations, observed an average occupancy rate of 93%, positioning itself 12% above the pre-pandemic data. And here an interesting fact to point out: there was a strong recovery of Brazilian tourism.
  • With 500,000 tourists throughout July, Mar del Plata had 70% occupancy.
  • The average occupancy in Mendoza was 95%, with more than 250,000 visitors so far in July. The province highlighted a full occupation in classic circuits such as Malargüe, Potrerillos, Valle de Uco, Uspallata, Mendoza capital, route 82, San Rafael.
  • On the coast of Chubut and in the middle of the whale season, Puerto Madryn had an average occupancy rate of 80%, 50% above pre-pandemic levels and 25% above 2021 holidays.
  • Entre Ríos received around 700,000 visitors who generated an economic movement of more than four billion pesos, with a general hotel occupancy average of 80%. Accommodation occupancy peaks occurred during weekends (95%). The growth has been 30% compared to winter 2021, and 15% compared to 2019 holidays.
El Palmar National Park, Entre Ríos.  Photo Shutterstock

El Palmar National Park, Entre Ríos. Photo Shutterstock
  • With a record of visitors in the Talampaya National Park that had its capacity at 100% almost every day, La Rioja registered an average occupancy rate of 83%.
  • One of the classics of Córdoba, Villa Carlos Paz exceeded the 80% average throughout the month.
  • Gold destination with a lot of demand, Ushuaia had an average occupancy of 85%.

How many foreign tourists visited Argentina

Foreign tourists who entered the country during this winter season were, for the moment, 420,000, although it is expected that by the end of the winter season, that figure will reach one million people.

Tourists at the Obelisk.  Photo Martin Bonetto

Tourists at the Obelisk. Photo Martin Bonetto

On the other hand, their expenses represent more than 344 million dollars. Inbound tourism is expected to reach one million people throughout the winter season.

“It is worth noting the growth of receptive tourism and what this implies in terms of foreign exchange earnings and impact on the economy,” said Hani.

Part of the phenomenon is a reflection of the new direct flights of Aerolineas Argentinas from San Pablo to Salta, Tucumán, Córdoba, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes, in addition to its operation from Rio de Janeiro, San Pablo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Salvador de Bahía and arriving in Buenos Aires.

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