Argentina gradually emerging as a popular destination for foreign tourists

Published on : Friday, June 30, 2017

ArgentinaArgentina, land of the tango, gauchos and good wine, is also becoming a favorite with tourists.

Foreign visitors, who pay for their lodging with an international debit or credit card and not cash, now receive a direct and automatic refund of the country’s 21 percent value-added tax. The reimbursement applies to all accommodations, from hostels and midrange hotels to luxury resorts and the rural estates known as estancias.

Roberto Palais, the executive chairman of the National Institute of Tourism Promotion said, “Our goal is to position Argentina among the world’s top travel destinations by making it more competitive and affordable. To do so, we have been implementing a range of new policies.”

Other measures include removing the $160 visa reciprocity fee that United States citizens were previously required to pay before entering the country, as well as lifting currency restrictions put in place by the former government. Air travel is also improving. The national airline, Aerolíneas Argentinas, is growing its fleet and recently added Cordoba as a domestic hub, and is offering a more strategic location for flight connections because of its central location.

Additionally, a number of low-cost carriers will begin flying in Argentina this year including Alas del Sur, American Jet and Avian. The Spanish budget airline Level has already launched a flight between Barcelona and Buenos Aires, and Norwegian Airlines will begin flying from London to Buenos Aires early next year.


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