Winter season: travel agencies say requests from Brazilian tourists to visit Argentina have increased by 86%

Two Brazilian tourists enjoy a snowy day at Cerro Chapelco

Brazil was, is and will probably be one of the favorite tourist destinations of all Argentines, every summer you hear how the beaches of the neighboring country of compatriots explode to the point that the media go there to televise it and interview travelers .

However, the same thing happens to the Brazilians with Argentina. Before the pandemic, it was quite normal to hear Portuguese while walking around downtown Buenos Aires, San Telmo, Florida Street, Palermo, the Obelisk and other points of interest in Buenos Aires ; just as it happened in Patagonia, Mendoza, the Northwest and all the tourist sites that this vast country has to offer travelers from Brazil and the world.

Today, after two years of uncertainty, Argentinian incoming tourism is going through a great moment thanks to the reactivation of international travel and the relaxation of entry requirements announced by the government a few days ago.

Minister Matías Lammens at the fair
Minister Matías Lammens at the fair

“After a successful summer season, which relieved the sector so that activity could be reactivated, The time has come to recover incoming tourism“, Underline Gustave HanniPresident of the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT) at the WTM Latin America tourism fair held from April 5 to 7 in São Paulo.

The Argentinian director traveled to Brazil accompanied by around thirty companies from the sector and with the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Matthias Lamens; tourism promotion secretary Yanina Martinez; the secretary of the National Institute for the Promotion of Tourism (Inprotur), Ricardo Sosa; the Argentine Ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli and a dozen representatives of tourist destinations who came to show their proposals and novelties in the Brazilian market for the 2022 winter season.

The importance of Brazilian incoming tourism was also highlighted by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (Indec) in the latest technical report on international tourism carried out at the beginning of February. In this document, we see that 13.7% of the total number of international travelers arriving in the country in January are from Brazilcounting approximately 16,800 tourists. No doubts the Latin American market with the greatest impact on national incoming tourism.

A group of Brazilians arrives in the country by car
A group of Brazilians arrives in the country by car

“At the top of the list of tourists most interested in Argentina are Brazilians, who not only top the list but increased demand by 86% compared to January and February“, We read in a press release from Despegar published in recent hours.

Added to this, from the travel agency, they assured that this figure should continue to increase since Argentinian airlines announced the resumption of the San Pablo – Salta corridor, which will allow Brazilians to connect to Tucumán, Bariloche and other national destinations from July 2022.

This air corridor was inaugurated at the same time as the connections announced by the national company of Buenos Aires with Curitiba and Brasilia, which began a few days ago. “The Brazilian market is the most important for Aerolineas Argentinas and with these new flights starting in April, nearly 50% of pre-pandemic frequencies will be recovered,” he said. Fabian Lombardcommercial director of Aerolineas Argentinas.

Aerolineas Argentinas has increased its connections and frequencies with Brazil.  EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/File
Aerolineas Argentinas has increased its connections and frequencies with Brazil. EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/File

“As soon as our country’s borders open, the trend is for firm growth. The great interest in the natural, cultural and gastronomic attractions that characterize our country works as an engine to reactivate receptive tourism, which in turn has a positive impact on the country’s economy. Remember that industry represents 10% of the national GDP“, commented Paula ChristiDespegar Country Manager for Argentina and Uruguay.

In this way, Argentina is ready to receive travelers from Brazil who want to take advantage of the many options the country has to enjoy the winter holidays. The great differential is the snow destinations, but it is not limited to this, the rest of the national territory as well as the city of Buenos Aires are key points of interest for this receptive market which seeks to continue its recovery after the years the most difficult. that they had to live.

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