Travelling abroad is becoming an increasingly popular option for Argentines, with more than 5.4 million trips out of the country since the start of 2015, 14.1 percent above 2014’s figures, with record growth in August, according to figures released yesterday
The monthly INDEC statistics bureau tourism report said more than 539,000 trips outside the country were registered in August, up 24.8 percent when seen against 2014’s numbers, while foreign tourists coming to Argentina kept dropping, registering a 13.1 percent decline for the month.
Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, United States and Canada were the most common destinations for Argentines, accounting for 62.1 percent of the trips. Trips to Brazil rose 68 percent in August compared to the same month last year, accounting for 32.4 percent of the all the trips as a whole..
The number of foreign tourists arriving in Argentina, meanwhile, dropped 13.1 percent in July, marking the sixth straight month of decline after a 4.4 percent drop in March, 5.2 percent drop in April, 5.3 percent in May, 3.5 percent in June and 4.3 percent in July.
The sharpest decline came from Uruguayan tourists, going down by 47.6 percent, while Brazilian visitors — the biggest contingent of them all — fell by 15.8 percent too, totaling 60,200 of the 385,900 foreigners arriving in the country in August. Following the same trend, Chilean tourists dropped 13.1 percent and North Americans 11.9 percent.
Date: October 7, 2015