September 1, 2014
Incoming tourists declined 7% last year
The Argentine tourism deficit — an important strain factor on the Central Bank’s foreign reserves — clocked in at US$553.5 million in 2013, according to an INDEC statistics bureau report released yesterday.
The INDEC report on tourism involves a survey of passengers getting in and out of Buenos Aires City’s Metropolitan, Ezeiza, Córdoba City airports and the capital’s port.
A little more than seven percent fewer foreign tourists visited Argentina last year compared to 2012, with the 2.385 million visitors spending a whopping 15 percent less at US$2.631 billion.
On the other hand, the number of Argentines travelling abroad increased by 6.2 percent to 2.582 million in the same 12 months, albeit spending remained flat at US$3.185 billion.
Despite the drop in overall foreign tourism to Argentina, Brazilians arriving throughout 2013 rose by 7.8 percent to 53,841. They also spent 11.1 percent more at an average US$139.6 per day.
More Chileans (14.7 percent) and Uruguayans (28.6 percent) also came to the country via the River Plate and Córdoba, with the latter spending 100 percent more than in 2012 at US$173.8 per day. Chileans spent 10.2 percent less at US$88.9 per day.
The number of foreign tourists entering the country grew 2.6 and 3.1 percent during December and the fourth quarter of 2013, respectively, in comparison with the same period of 2012.
In December Argentina thus received 61,461 net tourists resulting in an inflow of US$300 million in comparison to the US$221.4 million that Argentines spent abroad, meaning a net US$79 million entered the country.
The largest amount of tourists came from the rest of Latin America (except Brazil), representing 26.9 percent, followed by Europe with 23.7 percent, Brazil with 23 percent, the US and Canada with 11 percent, Chile with 7.4 percent and finally Uruguay with 1.7 percent. Foreign tourists stayed an average 15 nights in the country and spent US$85 per day.
—Herald with DyN, Télam