Travel and tourism in Argentina – statistics & facts

Bordering five different countries, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Drake Passage, the continental area of Argentina stretches roughly 2.8 million square kilometers on the southern part of South America. Argentina is the second-largest country in Latin America, and it also ranks second among the most visited ones. With two major airports (Ezeiza and Aeroparque), the country’s capital is the main entry point for international air travelers. By the end of the 2010s, these two air hubs counted more than two million inbound tourist arrivals each year.

Impact of COVID-19 on Argentina’s tourism

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were also harshly felt by the Argentine tourism sector. Both the inbound and outbound tourism flow plummeted by more than 75 percent in 2020, and the sector’s contribution to Argentina’s gross domestic product went down by nearly half. Similarly, the domestic tourism volume in the South American nation dropped by 58 percent that year, partly because of the mobility restrictions imposed by the government since the beginning of the pandemic.

Argentina had one of the longest COVID-19 quarantines worldwide, which started with total mobility restrictions in March 2020 and had been prolonged, changed, or partially lifted several times as of mid-2021. According to the IATA, the country also had the longest airspace closure in the world: domestic commercial operations were resumed on October 22, 2020, while regular international flights started again for the summer holidays at the end of that year.

Wine tourism in the Southern country

Ranking among the top wine producers worldwide, Argentina’s wine vineyards are a top destination for travelers from all over the world. In Mendoza —the most renowned wine province in the Latin American country— there were around 150 wineries open for tourism in 2019, many of which are in the department of Luján de Cuyo, not far from the Andean mountain range. A year earlier, nationals from other provinces constituted nearly half of the total enotourists in Mendoza, while international visitors represented more than one-third of the total.

How competitive is Argentina’s tourism sector?

In 2019, the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index ranked Argentina the fourth-best score in Latin America, along with Panama and Peru. Relative to the decline recorded in 2015, the country of the Gauchos saw an improvement in its two latest overall TTCI scores. That year, the best-rated sub-index in the Argentine TTCI were the conditions that enabled travel and tourism. These include but are not limited to security, business environment, communication technologies as well as health and hygiene.

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