Great expectations in Buenos Aires for the new cruise season

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Great expectations in Buenos Aires for the new cruise season
Source: ENTUR
October 20, 2022

The Argentine capital expects to receive 350 thousand passengers reaching 2019 levels


The city of Buenos Aires opens its cruise tourism season with a sustained growth in the segment that allows us to think of a normality for the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. For this season, the arrival of 127 cruise ships has been confirmed. This translates into almost 350 thousand passengers who will leave an estimated daily expense per tourist of US$90.6. 

These numbers imply growth compared to the 2018-2019 season, in which 8% fewer ships called. Of the passengers that arrive, more than 70% are international passengers and among the main issuing destinations are Brazil (46%), the United States and Canada (23%) and Europe (17%).

Although the season extends from October to April, between the months of December and March the highest proportion of landfalls will be concentrated, 90% of the total. In turn, the arrival of larger ships is expected, since 47% of the calls will be cruise ships with a capacity of more than 3,000 passengers and ships with a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers will represent 70% of the calls. In relation to the 2019-20 season, calls by large ships increased by 9 percentage points. in 2022-23.

“The balance that we carry out shows a good sign of the reactivation of tourism in its different areas. We are satisfied and convinced that the public and private sectors must continue to work together. The cruise season shows similar values ​​to the 2019-20 season and the best since the 2014-15 season.” said Lucas Delfino, president of the Tourism Entity of the City of Buenos Aires.

A 2022 with sustained recovery
The city of Buenos Aires continues to register a reactivation of the tourism sector so far this year, registering the best numbers since the start of the pandemic. During the first seven months of 2022, the data collected by the Observatory of the Tourism Entity shows that the city received more than 2.6 million national tourists who left AR$ 18 billion in total spending in all areas of the sector, and 721 thousand international tourists who left US$ 489 million in the local economy. In turn, we have recovered 93% of registered employment in all branches of tourism in the City of Buenos Aires.

In terms of available hotel beds, 77% of those that existed in August 2019 have recovered, reaching 52.2 thousand total beds. The best numbers were seen in 3, 4 and 5-star hotels, where the city had 98% occupancy of 5-star hotel beds compared to June 2019, 89% of beds for 4-star hotels and 89% of beds in 3 star hotels. During July of this year, almost the same number of national tourists stayed as in the same period of 2019: 99% compared to that month. For its part, 77% is the number of international tourists staying in hotels in July compared to the same month in 2019.

Regarding Meeting Tourism, the City hosted 392 MICE events between January and August, which represented a recovery of 50% of those held in the same period of 2019. In turn, it is estimated that by the end of 2022 Buenos Aires It will have hosted 701 events of this type. It should also be noted that it was possible to recover face-to-face attendance in 75% of the meetings held.

The city of Buenos Aires attracts with a wide variety of cultural, tourist and gastronomic offers, it has more than 7,000 bars and restaurants, 287 theaters, 380 bookstores, 150 museums and it is the Capital of Tango. In turn, the Tourism in Neighborhoods program provides options to visit different neighborhoods of the City, through the guidance of an online map where information on places such as green spaces, architecture and gastronomic proposals is detailed.

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