How has Argentina’s tourism industry developed in recent years?
MEYER: For the past 10 years, the tourism sector in Argentina has increased substantially. This growth is due partly because of an increase in tourism throughout all of South America. Last year, the tourism sector in Argentina increased by roughly 10%. There are many companies coming to South America to take advantage of its tourism industry. For example, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Turkish Airlines, now have flights to and from Argentina.
Which markets are the major sources of inbound tourists to Argentina? Where do you hope to expand this in the future?
MEYER: The majority of the tourists that visit Argentina are from Brazil, Chile, The United States and Europe. We are here at the Arabian Travel Market to develop a connection with India, China and the Arabian world. This connection is important in order to increase the tourism industry in Argentina.
What is the Ministry of Tourism doing to better promote Argentina as a tourism destination?
MEYER: The Ministry of Tourism has been promoting Argentina’s national parks. Argentina has 34 national parks, which makes the country a standout for tourists who are looing to partake in outdoor activities. Also, we have been promoting the city of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is the cultural and artistic center of South America. Furthermore, Buenos Aires has an extremely vibrant nightlife that attracts visitors from all over the world.
What are you specifically doing to attract more travellers from the Middle East?
MEYER: In order to attract more travellers from the Middle East, we are promoting certain things that are only available in Argentina. For example, In November we are hosting the world cup for polo. Argentina has some of the best polo teams and horse racing in the world.
What is the Ministry of Tourism doing to help improve the infrastructure of Argentina?
MEYER: We have invested heavily in the infrastructure of Argentina. We have been increasing the size of our airports to accommodate more airlines. This is important because we can now have more connecting flights to different regions of the world. The company Aerolineas Argentinas has developed 42 new aircraft and increased its number of daily flights coming to and from Argentina.
For the past 10 years, the tourism sector in Argentina has increased substantially. This growth is due partly because of an increase in tourism throughout all of South America. Last year, the tourism sector in Argentina increased by roughly 10%.
What are the best opportunities for investment in Argentina’s tourism industry?
MEYER: Argentina’s tourism industry is still in its youth. Over the past 10 years, we have greatly increased the number of tourists visiting Argentina. Today, we live in one of the most important times for tourism. There are many opportunities for investment in Mendoza, Iguazu Falls, and Salta. We would also like to invest more in boutique hotels. There is a lot of room for growth and development in Argentina’s tourism industry. There are many great opportunities for investment throughout Argentina. The country’s infrastructure has been getting stronger. We have been expanding our airports to accommodate more connecting flights.