After the announcement of the new tourist dollar to try to stop the bleeding of foreign currency by the Central Bank, the first results show falls of more than 50% in the sale of tickets abroad in the last two weeks, but also changes in travel habits.
It imposes the package demand all inclusive (all inclusive) as a form of price protection and in anticipation of new measures that may arise.
But this year adds additional pressure: the Qatar World Cup 2022 and the high expectations that the Argentine National Team reaches the final. Far from being discouraged by the tourist dollar, to lower costs, many plan to base in Egypt and from there travel for the dates in which the national team plays, others are organized with friends or relatives living in Europe.
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In a scene of high volatility and uncertainty, those who have decided to travel seek the best alternatives to overcome the effects of the new restrictions or, at least, anticipate those that may be defined in the future or new rises of dollar.
Drop in sales and changes in tourist habits
“The restrictions to use credit abroad together with the turbulence of the dollar caused a drop in sales of international flights by 55% compared to the average that was being sold”, said guido boutetMarketing Manager of travel servicesa TENNESSEE.
However, he clarified that “there was also a acceleration in the purchase of services terrestrial as cars, hotels and transfer of passengers who had already contracted the flight and sought to complete the stay services paying in advance in Argentina”.
“For many travelers buying trips today is a good way to guarantee prices”, agreed paulacristigeneral manager of Take off for Argentina and Uruguay.
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Julian Gurfinkiel, co-founder of tourismcityexplained that “with the rise of the blue, people get scared because they assume that the officer is going to rise, so buy before it goes up”.
Despegar’s manager added that “planning and buying vacations in a anticipated It is a way to save money and also to avoid any issue that may eventually arise and hit the pocket”.
Lodging and all-inclusive packages, the trend imposed by the tourist dollar
Hand in hand with the tourist dollar, a new way of traveling was imposedthat of having all payment and settle all possible expenses before the time of departure.
“Many try to advance car rental, hotels, packages and all they can to cut off of a possible devaluation of the official dollar,” explained Gurfinkiel.
Boutet said that “buy a package with the most services included for reduce costs during the trip is the trend in the last two weeks” and anticipated that “the all inclusive they will win again Leadership for those who decide to travel abroad during the low season”.
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“When choosing all-inclusive hotels or packages that include both the flight and the accommodation and activities at the destination, they know the amount and do not depend on variations in currencies foreigners,” added Cristi.
Although all-inclusive products are usually in high demand for destinations in the Caribbeanwith the uncertainty it also grew for countries like Brazil and trips to Disneyin Orlando, according to the manager of Travel Services.
What destinations are the favorites
Just as packages and tickets for winter vacations began to be sold last summer, what is being marketed today is mainly to travel from August or September.
Madrid and Miami they continue to be the preferred destinations for Argentines in the low season, although according to records from Travel Services they also impose the Caribbean Y Brazilgiven that “due to the value of the rates, it is closer to those who want to go abroad, but cannot travel beyond South America,” explained Boutet.
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The chosen ones are the all-inclusive hotels of Punta Cana Y Safe Harborbut also Peru Y Aruba with good rates in the middle of the turbulence of the dollar.
Egypt, the starting point to travel to the World Cup in Qatar
The dream of travel to the World Cup is increasingly distant for many Argentines, therefore, those who have decided to support the Argentine National Team from the stands of the stadiums seek the cheaper alternatives.
In recent weeks, in travel agencies Inquiries for flights and stays to Egypt grew on the dates on which the Qatar World Cup will be played.
prices are cheaper and with little more than 2000 kilometers away Many venture to get local flight tickets to get to the cities where the Argentine National Team plays.
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The greatest difficulty they face is get tickets, but many trust to be able to buy them in resales or at the doors of the stadiums. What no one wants to miss is seeing Leonel Messi on the pitch and dreaming of him lifting the cup.