Arrivals of foreign tourists by air grew by 5.5% in Argentina
From January to August 2018, 1.7 million visitors entered through all the airports in the country
The 227,356 arrivals recorded in August represent an increase of 7.4 percent compared to the same month of the previous year. 34 percent of the total arrived from Brazil, 16 percent from European countries, and 15 percent from the rest of America.
"The tourism sector makes a great contribution to the national economy activity, especially as a generator of employment and driving regional economies," said the Secretary of Tourism of the Nation, Gustavo Santos.
He added: "The air connectivity is key to get closer to the world but we also add diversification of the offer, innovative promotion campaigns, quality services and professionalism throughout the sector."
In the month of August, the Chilean market stood out for evidencing a positive year-on-year variation of 13.4 percent with the arrival of almost 25 thousand tourists; Brazilians with almost 80 thousand visitors registered an increase of 13 percent; and European tourists again showed a positive variation (+2.5).
The arrivals to Ezeiza and Aeroparque grew 3.6 percent, while the airports of the rest of the country showed a positive variation of 47.9 percent. The airport of Bariloche was highlighted, which due to the increase of its connectivity with Brazil, achieved an increase of 246.5 percent.
The International Tourism Survey (ETI) prepared by the INDEC -which is limited to the Ezeiza airport and the Newbery airport- accounted for 200.7 thousand arrivals in August, with an increase of 3.6 percent in the interannual measurement. In the annual accumulated (January - August), 1.5 million tourists were estimated, with an increase of 2.2 percent in the interannual measurement.
The ETI also highlights that the average stay in the month of August was 14.5 nights. In the case of European tourists, the stay reaches 23.6 nights with approximately 3 million overnight stays.
Five out of ten tourists who entered through Ezeiza and Aeroparque arrived in the country for holidays or leisure, while visits for business reasons increased by 12.9 percent in their interannual variation.