Argentina welcomes surge in international visitor numbers

The arrival of foreign tourists to Argentina via all means of transport increased 7.7 per cent in November 2014 compared with the same month last year, according to the latest official figures.

The total number of visitors for the first 11 months of 2014 was 13.9 per cent higher than for the same period of 2013, finds Argentina’s National Institute for the Promotion of Tourism.

“This growth is based on the quality and professionalism of the public and private sectors, the development of our products, and the promotion of our country abroad,” underlined Enrique Meyer, the minister of tourism of Argentina.

Furthermore, the total income received by Buenos Aires’ two main airports, Ezeiza and Aeroparque, reached US$246.8 million in November last year, with an average daily spend per passenger of US$94.

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Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 11.9 per cent to 2.6 million, and the average number of nights spent by tourists in Argentina was 11.6, representing a year on year increase of 9.4 per cent.