Driven by the restrictions to access international tourism and with a strong boost from the Pre-Trip, the Winter Break closed with a level of hotel occupancy up to 95% in the main destinations of the country. In the sector they already look with excitement next long weekend, mid-August.
In addition, due to the good snow fall, ski centers plan to extend the season until mid-September to also respond to the demand of the foreign tourism.
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The strategy aims to attract tourists from Brazil although, due to the convenience with the exchange rate, this year they also received a significant number of people from Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.
The Patagonian coast and its whales
Although the fort of the season whale watching starts in augustfrom June they begin to arrive at the coast and this attracts thousands of tourists to Puerto Madryncity in which they speak of some record winter break, with an occupation of 70% and a 51% growth in arrivals.
The economic impact for this tourist destination in the province of Chubut was more than $812 millionaccording to official figures.
According to data from the Secretary of Tourismin the first week of the vacation, Puerto Madryn registered 50% occupancy, with peaks of 73% in hotel establishments; while in the second it grew to 81%the highest number in the last ten years. In these last seven days, he recorded 96% peaks in Aparthotel and 84% in 3-star hotels.
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“We enjoyed an impressive whale season at occupancy levelsfar exceeding the average of national vacation destinations and with numbers that are much higher than in the pre-pandemic,” he told Tennessee the mayor of the city, Gustavo Tailor.
Snow, the star of the winter holidays
The diversity of proposals offered by the Patagonia goes from the snow in the mountains to the coast over the Atlantic Ocean, in a range that attracts those who seek to connect with the natureget into the adventureapproach the wellness tourism and also to those who seek the comfort of all the services of the large cities.
In Black riverThe two strong winter destinations are Bariloche and El Bolsón. In Barilochehotel occupancy exceeded 95% in the second fortnight of July, and in the first fortnight, it was around 90 percent.
“Until mid-September we are in great demand, with 95% occupancy, and a average of 30 daily flightswith 13 weekly frequencies from San Pablo; all very busy,” he told TN Gaston Burlon, Secretary of Tourism of Bariloche.
Among the city’s visitors, in addition to braziliansthey arrived Uruguayans, Chileans and Paraguayansaccording to official data.
In the city is located the Cathedral Hill, one of the most important ski resorts in Latin America, but also this year El Bolsón began to prevail as “a more incipient destination for those who choose the snow, because it has invested in new elevation services, set, confectioneries and services”, he said Dennis Godoy, Director of Tourism of the province of Río Negro.
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The city recorded a 70% occupancy that, although it was less than in Bariloche, they also write it down as a “historical date” for the winter.
But the offer was broader than those two destinations, with the cavesthe Port of San Antonio Este, the practice of wind sports in the El Cóndor spa; the Wine Roads; rural tourism in Río Colorado; the Patagonian Trainuniting the sea with the mountain range, and in Trochita, among others.
The Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world
Not everyone looks for snow on winter vacations, many travel to the north of the country and the Iguazu Falls are preferred.
According to data from Iguazú Municipal Tourism Entity (ITUREM) in july it exceeded 168,000 admissions Alabama National Parkwith a daily average of more than 6000, and the hotel occupancy averaged 90.5% (86% in the first fortnight and 95% in the second).
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Córdoba, a favorite winter destination
Yes ok Cordova It does not have high season, because it is usually chosen both for vacations and for getaways and long weekends, closed this winter with localities in which it reached 100% Of occupation.
According to official figures, in Colonia Caroya, the occupation was complete; in La Falda, 95%; La Cumbrecita, and Villa General Belgrano, 90%; Garden Villa, 88%; High grace, 84%; Jesus Maria, 75.8%; Villa Carlos Paz, 75.9%; Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, 62%, and none, 55%; among other locations.
According to what was reported by the Cordoba Tourism AgencyOne of the most visited tourist valleys was that of punilla. Also Villa with garden began this season to stand out among the favorites. It is a city that is located 75 kilometers from Córdoba capital, known as “El Jardín de Punilla”. offered tours from $2,000 to $3,500 Y lodging for four people from $10,000 a night.
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“Some of the most important tourist cities are experiencing one of the best winter seasons in recent years”, said the president of the Córdoba Tourism Agency, Stephen Aviles.
Mendoza combines mountain ranges, wineries and snow
According to official figures, Mendoza registered an average hotel occupancy of 95%. Tourist rotation occurred in 4.2 days, with a average per capita spending of $7,000, according to data from Provincial Tourist Observatory.
The most chosen destinations were foals; Tupungato; uspallata; Route 82 and cheeky; the woods and Los Molles; Great Mendoza; Malargue; San Rafael; Saint Charles and Tunuyan.
”We witnessed the great tourist movement throughout the province. Mendoza has reached a sustained level of visitors since the summer and has recovered all the international and national air routes and has good land connectivity with any place in Argentina”, said the Minister of Culture and Tourism, nora vicar.
Santiago del Estero and the Termas de Río Hondo also had their successful season
In the province of Santiago del Estero they talk about a “extraordinary” winter season, with “a constant renewal of tourist flow”.
According to official figures, the Capital City exceeded 85% occupancy in its hotel capacity and received tourists from United States, Norway, Chile, Spain, Brazil, among others. While Termas de Deep River maintained its occupancy levels above 90%.
In the province of Buenos Aires, Pinamar and Tandil were the preferred
In the Buenos Aires province the tourist offer is also diverse. From the coast, to proposals linked to the countryside, it also stands on the podium of the favorites for the high season and for short breaks.
This winter the highest hotel occupancy was recorded in Tandil, with an average of 90%followed by Adolfo Alsina, with 81% (95 hotels and 67% apartments); Tigre, with 72% and Pinamar and Sierra de la Ventana, with 70%, according to data from the Buenos Aires government.
Below were Chascomús, with 65%; Luján, with 60% during the week and 90% at the weekend; Mar del Plata, with 65%; San Antonio de Areco and Villa Gesell, with 60%, and the party of the Coast, with 55 percent.
“In Mar del Plata occupation was above pre-pandemic numbers, although in these last two days the weather has not helped much,” he told TN Bernardo Martinpresident of the EMTUR Mar del Plata.
The Pre-Trip Incentive
The launch of Pre-Trip 3 is delayedbut its previous edition was key for this winter. According to figures from the national portfolio headed by Matías Lammens, over 350.00 used the benefit this month.
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“We are expectant of the news about the Pre-Trip 3 that will allow, in the case of Puerto Madryn, to encourage the arrival of visitors in high whale season, prior to the summer season, which is another moment expected by the sector,” he said. Gustavo Tailor.
In the same vein, it was expressed Minister of Tourism and Sports of Río Negro, Martha Vélezwho claimed to have the “conviction” that tourism “generates jobs, diversifies the economy and allows growth.”