Foreigners saved tourism in Patagonia this long runoff weekend

Foreigners saved tourism in Patagonia this long runoff weekend
Foreigners saved tourism in Patagonia this long runoff weekend

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The long weekend for the National Sovereignty Day mobilized 910 thousand national and foreign tourists in different parts of the country, 36.5% less than in the same celebration in 2022, “given the context of the ballot”, according to the report released this Monday by the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME).

For the province of Santa Cruz, the business entity described an “acceptable” economic movement thanks to the presence of mainly Brazilian, Chilean, and European tourists.

“Although the visitor focused mainly on El Calafate and El Chaltenthey also reached places like Rio gallegos, The Ancients, Perito Moreno, Posadas Lakeand some of the coasts like Desired Port. There was not as much agenda as on other occasions, tourists also walked through the nature area and the Los Glaciares National Park,” they explained from the Chamber.

For its part, in Chubut “The majority of tourists who came to the province were international. Puerto Madryn It was the most popular destination and this hub offered different activities in the theaters, in beach inns and outdoors. Other cities visited were Camarones, Esquel, Peninsula de Valdés and Trevelín. In them, tourists were able to go whale watching, excursions and tour the Los Alerces and Pumalín national parks. National arrivals were mainly regional and the stay averaged 3 nights,” they reported.

In Ushuaiaprovince of Land of Fire“contrary to what the weekend was like for most of the tourist cities, hotel establishments had a good level of occupancy, especially due to the arrival of a large number of international tourists. “The visitors walked the numerous trails of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, strolled through the Beagle Channel, spotted colonies of wolves and seabirds, and reached cities such as Tolhuin, Puerto Almanza and Las Cotorras.”

The business entity indicated that at the national level, total tourists spent $43,377.7 million in the cities that are part of the national circuit, 69.9% more than on the same long weekend last year, an increase that due to lower than inflation, it represented a drop of 32.3% in real terms.

In October many canceled their trips

“There have been many trip cancellations since October, after it was known that there would be a runoff,” CAME added, although it noted that “the result was very different between locations,” highlighting that “in many cities in Patagonia and Cuyo, some 130 thousand international touristsIn total, they filled the hotel and para-hotel places.”

Likewise, in the City of Buenos Aires, “the presence of foreign visitors could be observed in bars, shopping centers, and public spaces,” he noted.

Because of the ballot, he explained, “the national tourist cut his weekend in two,” with some who “mobilized from Friday to Sunday, and in some cases even from Thursday,” while others “voted early on Sunday and traveled “Enjoy until Monday.”

On the other hand, the Confederation pointed out that “there was no shortage of ‘electoral tourists’”, referring to those who “went to vote in the city where they live and remained until today, Monday”, generally staying “in their own homes, family or friends, without taking up hotel places.”

Tourists spent, on average, $29,065 per day each and the average stay was 1.64 days, with good weather conditions.

Finally, the CAME report noted that “so far this year there have already been 9 long weekends” in which “14.2 million tourists traveled and spent $601 billion.”

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