the destinations with the best occupancy levels and how many dollars foreigners left

More than 5 million tourists traveled through the country during the winter holidays, which implies a growth of almost 10% compared to the pre-pandemic winter season, according to data from the Argentine Tourism Observatory.

Bariloche heads the ranking with 95% occupancy. Here, Cerro Catedral is in full swing.
There is a queue to take a photo at this poster. Photo: Alfredo Leiva
An icon, the Civic Center of Bariloche. Photo: Alfredo Leiva
Panoramic view of Bariloche. Photo: Alfredo Leiva
Snowmobile excursions in Bariloche. Photo: Alfredo Leiva

The report of the Observatory that depends on the Argentine Chamber of Tourism shows that the best levels of occupation were observed in the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Mendoza, while if the focus shifts to the cities, the most popular were Iguazú, Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes, Carlos Paz and Tandil.

Jujuy: the famous Salinas Grandes

Meanwhile, the Foreign tourists who entered so far this winter season were 420,000 and have spent more than 344 million dollars. Inbound tourism is expected to reach one million people throughout the winter season.

“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.«, highlighted the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Matías Lammens.

Jump from heights.

For this reason, “this is no longer a recovery, it is growth in tourism throughout the country”, as reported by “full consolidated destinations, many emerging destinations with very high occupancy levels, a very marked recovery in inbound tourism and an increase considerable part of the average expenditure of tourists.

“This great winter season will continue to push tourism as one of the main engines in the generation of employment in all the provinces of Argentina, as it has been throughout this year,” he added.

Catamarca, one surprise after another.

For his part, the president of the Argentine Chamber of Tourism on which the Observatory depends, Gustavo Hani, assured that the tourist indicators for this winter season are «even exceeding expectations in many of the traditional winter destinations.”

“This is not only great news for our industry that needs to continue to strengthen, but also shows that tourism is synonymous with economic growth and work in every corner of our country,” he said.

And he added: “It is also worth highlighting the growth of receptive tourism and what this implies in terms of foreign exchange earnings and impact on the economy.”

Rio Hondo, Santiago del Estero

Bariloche, the most chosen

Among the tourist centers with the highest occupancy levels is the Rio Negro city of Bariloche, which has 95% of its 31,000 hotel beds coveredyes So far in the winter season, the tourist movement there was 15% higher than the winter season of 2019.

Mendoza and the route of the wineries

The same level of average occupation is registered in the main Mendoza centers, which have already received more than 250,000 visitors so far in July. The province experiences a full house in the classic circuits such as Malargüe, Potrerillos, Valle de Uco, Uspallata, the capital city, route 82, San Rafael. On the other hand, both at the occupancy level and as a “skier-day”, they are 25% above that of 2019.

Iguazu falls

Very close was Iguazú with 93% average occupancy with a strong recovery in Brazilian tourism to the point of being 12% above pre-pandemic data.

In the province of Buenos Aires, Tandil stood out with an average occupancy rate of 86%, having recovered pre-pandemic levels.

A little further back was the Fuegian city of Ushuaia, where 85% of the more than 6,000 beds available in its hotel establishments are taken.

Chapelco, San Martin de los Andes.
San Martín de los Andes in winter: Chapelco. Photo: Patricio Rodriguez
San Martin de los Andes in winter. Photo: Patricio Rodriguez
San Martin de los Andes in winter. Photo: Patricio Rodriguez
San Martin de los Andes in winter. Photo: Patricio Rodriguez

Meanwhile, the Chubut city of Puerto Madryn registered an average occupancy of 80%, which represents 50% above pre-pandemic levels and 25% above 2021 holidays.

The tourist centers of the province of La Rioja remained with an average occupancy of 83%, with 31 thousand tourists so far this season, which represents 82% more than in the pre-pandemic. Talampaya National Park deserves a separate note, with its capacity at 100% almost every day, in what constitutes a “record”.

In the province of Córdoba, the mountain city of Villa Carlos Paz stood out, with an average occupancy rate of over 80% since the beginning of July, which represents 32% more than in pre-pandemic times.

Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba.

In the tourist centers of Entre Ríos, they summoned more than 700 thousand visitors who generated an economic movement of more than 4 billion pesos, with a general average hotel occupancy of 80% and peaks of 95% on weekends. This level of coverage of places is 30% above the winter break of 2021 and 15% above 2019. In Mar del Plata, occupancy was 70%, with 500,000 tourists throughout July, a figure higher than that recorded for the same time in 2019.

Tandil, emerging destination.

In the provinces of Chaco and Catamarca, events such as the International Sculpture Biennial and the National and International Poncho Festival, respectively, produced an almost total occupation during these winter holidays.

Key to these record levels of tourist circulation was the flag carrier Aerolineas Argentinas, which transported 600,000 passengers with full occupancy of its aircraft, to the main vacation destinations.

The most chosen air destinations were Bariloche, Mendoza, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Salta, Iguazú, Neuquén, San Martin de Los Andes, Mar del Plata, Puerto Madryn and Trelew, Jujuy, Tucumán, Córdoba and Rosario.

The new direct flights arranged by the company from San Pablo to Salta, Tucumán, Córdoba, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes, together with its operation from Rio de Janeiro, San Pablo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Salvador de Bahía and arriving in Buenos Aires, boosted the arrival of Brazilian tourists, the engine of the recovery of receptive tourism.

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