Following talks at ILTM Cannes 2022, Buenos Aires, a city in constant evolution, aims to be one of the main destinations in 2023 focusing, according to Karina Perticone, Executive Director of Visit Buenos Aires, on three main pillars: gastronomy, culture and sustainability. With several new openings within the hospitality sector, the Visit Buenos Aires organization presents a high-level offer aimed at international tourists.
Dining experiences from new food markets to three of the World's 50 Best Bars
As the travel industry restarted after the pandemic, the city began to slowly reopen, the local government allowed food places to have outdoor areas on the sidewalks. This trend has continued even more in the post-pandemic period and has given rise to the creation of new gastronomic spaces that have emerged in different neighborhoods of the city. In this sense, gastronomy continues to be a "must" for both tourists and residents.
The city of Buenos Aires is home to thousands of bars and restaurants, many of which are recognized among the best in Latin America and the world, among the 50 Best Restaurants in the World, 10 are in Buenos Aires, and among the 50 Best Bars in the World, three of them being in Buenos Aires. The renewed offer translates into hotel openings, new restaurants, bars and a complete and diverse cultural scene that make the Argentine capital the perfect tourist destination.
Culture of theater and tango to be the Book Capital
In the cultural segment, one of the main novelties is the opening of Colón Fábrica, an interactive space where visitors can enjoy the backstage of the majestic Teatro Colón and an exhibition of a selection of iconic designs used in the most important shows.
As a product of Argentina's remarkable diversity and showcasing an eclectic mix of cultures and customs, tango shows are one of the key activities tourists can partake in while visiting Buenos Aires. Located inside the spectacular luxury hotel Faena, Rojo Tango is a unique show that captures all the senses by fusing noises, aromas, colors, movement and flavors.
Among the UNESCO Book Capitals, Buenos Aires has the largest number of bookstores per inhabitant in the world. In addition to the well-known El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, many new addresses are growing. The union of cultural spaces with bars that can only be visited by appointment is a new trend in the city. They are ideal spaces to escape for a moment from the restless Buenos Aires through exclusive experiences and recover energy to continue exploring.
Being Sustainable through design, activity and wildlife
Within sustainability efforts, green areas and 160 km of bike paths have been internationally acclaimed for their sustainable design, supporting a variety of healthy activities for both visitors and residents of Buenos Aires. Once with the C40 Sustainability Summit 2022, hosted for the first time in Buenos Aires and Latin America, the city committed to halving its carbon emissions by 2030 and becoming fully carbon neutral by 2050.
Named the largest sustainable building of 2016 by the American Planning Association, the new Buenos Aires City Hall is an example of an innovative energy-efficient structure. British architect Norman Foster created this eco-friendly structure as part of a neighborhood revitalization initiative. In addition, many hotels have already achieved the three-tier eco-seal standard, which is a project that validates a property's environmental credentials.
Guided tours from the city's tourist office include sunshine, fresh air, and remarkable views. Guides also provide extensive four- or five-hour walks covering several of the city's top attractions for more energetic guests. More than 200 kilometers of bike paths can be found throughout Buenos Aires. In addition, the city is mostly flat, making bicycling a convenient and environmentally benign mode of transportation.
Buenos Aires is home to more than 320 different species of birds, and numerous birding tours attract professionals and amateurs alike. The Costanera Sur nature reserve, which has been recognized for its importance in conservation by the organization Birdlife International, is one of the best known places. Other well-known places are the Sarmiento Park in Saavedra and the Tres de Febrero park in Palermo.