Gustavo Santos bids farewell with record number of foreign tourists: 7.5 million

End of year and end of management. Double reason to make balances. The Secretary of Tourism, Gustavo Santos, presented yesterday before the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT) a balance of its 2016-2019 management with the most relevant data and numbers of the sector that, according to the Cordovan said, show a generalized growth. The official was accompanied by the president of the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT), Aldo Elias.

Santos thanked those present and stated that “notorious and relevant results could not have been possible without public-private union, a shared vision and clear objectives. At the same time, 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 on fairs, programs and plans. To reinforce the achievements expressed by the secretary, he said: “We are no longer a leisure or leisure activity and, 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$ 12.8 billion: U$S 5.8 billion were for inbound tourism and U$S 7 billion for domestic tourism. This total amount is equivalent to all corn production; 1.4 times the production of soybeans or 1.2 times the production of oil or automobiles. Tourism, in terms of exports, represents 8% of the total and is the fourth export complex in Argentina, located below the oilseed, cereal and automotive.

Receptive tourism. Since August 2016, receptive tourism has not stopped growing, which implies 36 months of continuous positive variations. According to projections for 2019, the arrival of foreign tourists would amount to 7.5 million who enter the country by all routes, representing a 12% increase compared to 2016. In addition, Argentina led the ranking of international tourist arrivals in the South American region, with a total of almost 7 million in 2018. Yes, more than Brazil. In the first semester of 2019, Argentina ranked as the country that grew most in the world in percentage of international tourist arrivals, doubled the rate of growth of inbound tourism in the world and quintupled the regional rate.

Connectivity. With respect to international connectivity, 2018 was a record in seats offered: 9,576. From 2015 to 2018, more than 2.2 million seats were sold and there was an average growth of 9% per year. During the management of Cambiemos, 9 airlines were incorporated that fly abroad and inland, and another 16 increased their offer of seats, frequencies and new routes. “Following the work done to federalize the country, 10 cities in Argentina have direct international flights, which eliminates the need to pass through Buenos Aires. Domestic flights were also record: if you compare 2015 with 2018, 5.6 million more passengers were transported, in percentage is 55% more,” Santos said.

Hotels. “The last two years were the best in terms of the number of travelers accommodated since the Indec measured it in 2005. In the first nine months of 2019 there was a historic record of 15.7 million travelers accommodated, and a 58% increase in turnover,” said Tourism in a statement.