18/08/2015 - According to data from the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME) for the long weekend of August, 611.000 people traveled through Argentina, equivalent to a total expenditure of 688 million pesos (US $ 74,4 million). Although “the tourist flow was lower than last year” due to floods and bad weather, tourism-related sales had a slight growth of 0,5%.
Source photo: CAME (Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises)
Keep in mind that the northern Buenos Aires Province, Southern Santa Fe and center Between rivers, destinations chosen during this time, suffered significant flooding and flooding of routes. The most affected cities were Salto, Olivera, Arrecifes, San Antonio de Areco, Luján and Mercedes; Sanford, Deer Tuerto, Villa Constitución and other locations.
From CAME they explained that although the tourist activity in August is always “very calm”, due to its proximity to the winter holidays, this year is added as a fact that the previous weekend took place elections Elementary Open, simultaneous and mandatory (PASO), so many voters took the opportunity to travel to their hometowns to vote and did not move during the holiday on August 17.
The tourist withdrawal was noted in the accommodation reservations, since many of the families that did decide to travel to nearby destinations this weekend, stayed mainly at the home of family and friends. According to CAME calculations, the average stay was 2,5 days and the spending Daily weekend was located at 450 pesos per tourist (US $ 48,6).
Due to the floods, in the province of Buenos Aires and Santa Fe the movement was moderate, although some cities did receive tourism; in Córdoba the influx was greater than last year; in Mendoza it is estimated that about 23.500 tourists arrived, with an economic impact of 50 million pesos (US $ 5,4 million) in three days
They emphasize that “in Neuquén the arrival of tourists was more intense than in the rest of the country and fulfilled expectations”, so much so that there is a 5% increase in sales; In this case, it happens that last year the World Cup and volcanic ashes had caused less movement. In Iguazú (Misiones) hotel occupancy was high as between 15.000 and 20.000 tourists arrived, although from the Ministry they also highlight the movement in cities such as Posadas, Oberá, Apóstoles and San Ignacio.
In the case of Buenos Aires there was an important flow of tourists, since the storms prevented access to the surrounding cities, which "forced many families to stay and spend the recess within the city."
Of the six long weekends of 2015, the one with the greatest movement was Easter (4 days), which had 2,2 million tourists and an impact of 3.744 million pesos; while that of May 25 was ranked as the least tourist moved (600.000). In the case of August 17, more people were mobilized than in May but the economic impact was lower.