Britons flock to Argentina

Holidaying Britons are flocking to Argentina, official figures have revealed. The number of UK arrivals recorded at Buenos Aires airport last year reached 46,650 - a 17.3 percent increase on the 2004 total, the Argentine Embassy in the UK told the Press Association.

Figures for the number of UK tourists to Argentina in January 2006 rose 30.2 percent making Britons the biggest visitors to the country except for Brazilians.

The embassy statistics also showed that UK tourists stay an average of 15.4 days in Argentina (higher than the 12.2 days international average), and that 66.9% of the British travellers stay in 4- or 5-star hotels.

The Argentine vice-minister for tourism Guillermo Brooks said: ‘We are delighted with the results for 2005. This is a direct outcome to the increased investment we have put behind our ‘Tourism Argentina’ campaign in the UK.

‘“British travellers love Argentina, as it is a country that offers adventure, beautiful scenery, and sport, but also the nightlife, culture and the European style of Buenos Aires.’’