Secretary of Tourism of Argentina presents the balance of its management
Gustavo Santos made a presentation to the Argentine Chamber of Tourism with the most relevant data and numbers in the sector from 2016 to the present
The Secretary of Tourism of the Nation, Gustavo Santos, presented today to the Argentine Chamber of Tourism a balance of its management 2016-2019 with the most relevant data and numbers of the sector that show a generalized growth in several key aspects. He was accompanied by the president of the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT), Aldo Elías.
There Santos thanked those present “for the work together during these years”, listed the achievements of the management and affirmed that “the notorious and relevant results could not have been possible without the public-private union, a shared vision and clear objectives " Finally he said: "These positive numbers that show the records of these years are not a point of arrival, but a starting point to continue improving the tourism sector."
Elías thanked Santos for "the space he has given to work together at fairs, programs and plans." To reinforce the achievements expressed by the Secretary, he said: "We are no longer a leisure or leisure activity, today we represent one of the most important economic activities in the country."
Tourism in the economy
In relation to the impact of the sector on the national economy, in 2018 there was a contribution of US $ 12,800 million, of which US $ 5,800 million were for inbound tourism and US $ 7,000 million for domestic tourism. This total amount is equivalent to all corn production; or 1.4 times the production of soybeans; or 1.2 times the production of oil or cars. Tourism in terms of export represents 8 percent and is the fourth largest exporting complex in Argentina, located below the oilseed, cereal and automotive.
Since August 2016, receptive tourism has not stopped growing, which implies 36 months of continuous positive variations. According to the projections for this year, the arrival of foreign tourists would amount to 7.5 million entering all the routes to the country, which would represent an increase of 12 percent compared to 2016. In addition, Argentina leads the ranking of international tourist arrivals in the region of South America, with a total of almost 7 million in 2018.
In the first half of this year, Argentina ranked as the fastest growing country in the world as a percentage of international tourist arrivals, doubled the growth rate of inbound tourism in the world and quintupled the regional rate. It is also the seventh country that grew most in the world in receptive tourism and the one that grew the most in the Western continent, also in the first half of 2019.
With respect to international connectivity, 2018 was a record in offered seats: 9,576. From 2015 to 2018, more than 2.2 million seats were sold and there was an average growth of 9 percent per year. During this management, 9 airlines flying abroad and inland were incorporated, and another 16 increased their offer of seats, frequencies and new routes. Following the work done to federalize the country, 10 Argentine cities have direct international flights, which eliminates the need to pass through Buenos Aires. Cabotage flights were also record, if 2015 is compared with 2018, 5.6 million more passengers were transported, in percentage it is 55 percent more.
The last two years were the best in number of travelers housed since the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC) measured it, in 2005. In the first nine months of the year there was a historical record of travelers staying at 15.7 million, and a 58 percent increase in turnover.