Travel and tourism in Argentina – statistics & facts

On the southern part of South America, the continental surface of Argentina stretches roughly 2.8 million square kilometers across five different countries, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Drake Passage. With a population density of around 16.3 inhabitants per square kilometer, it is one of the least populated countries in Latin America, and yet one of the most internationally visited by tourists in the region. Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, is also one of the leading city destinations in the region, as well as the major point for air travelers entering the country.

Argentina’s capital has also caught the attention of a very exclusive tourism segment. According to a survey, Buenos Aires is considered by foreign travel agencies a luxury travel destination. From the city’s strikingly diverse architecture to the wide range of wine and gastronomic, Buenos Aires is an attractive city for travelers looking for high-quality and exclusive hospitality services.

Wine tourism

As one of the top wine producers worldwide, Argentina’s wine vineyards are a top destination for travelers from all over the world. A great percentage of international wine tourists are from Brazil, the United States, and Canada. In Mendoza, the most renowned wine province in the southern country, there were around 150 wineries open for tourism in 2019, of which many are in the department of Luján de Cuyo, not far from the Andean mountain range.

Notwithstanding this wide and varied international recognition, wine tourism is not limited to the foreign visitors. Argentinians themselves are keen to enjoy the advantage of living in a wine country. In 2018, nearly half of the tourists looking for wine experiences in the province of Mendoza were nationals. Even more so, according to the latest data available, both the province and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires account for over half of the domestic enotourists in the country.

Argentina’s tourism competitiveness grows

Argentina, along with Panama and Peru, ranked the fourth-best score in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index for Latin America in 2019. Comparatively, given the backslide recorded in 2015, the country of the Gauchos saw an improvement in its overall score. That year, the best-rated sub index in Argentina’s TTCI was the conditions which enabled travel and tourism, which include security, business environment, communication technologies, and health and hygiene, among others.

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