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Meetings in Argentina

Argentina, a tailor-made destination

Located at the southern extreme of the American continent, the Argentine Republic is the second largest country in South America. Its territory features different geographic regions that host a rich biodiversity and a great variety of landscapes and cultures: in the West, the high peaks of the Andean Mountain Range; in the North, valleys and ravines; in the Northeast, deep jungles and the marvelous Iguazú Water Falls; at the country’s heart, hills, rivers and lagoons; in the South, the Patagonia appears with its lakes, glaciers and mountains; and, on the shores of the Río de la Plata river, its cosmopolitan Capital City amazes the world.

8th largest country in the world

6 geographic regions

40.091.359 inhabitants

3.800 kilometers long

The climate is mild and humid in the Pampas and in the center of the country; cold and humid in the western extreme of the Patagonia (at the bluest seas’ coasts); subtropical in the Northeast and very warm in the Northwest. The central region has a mean temperature of 73° F from November to March (spring ends and summer) and 53° F from June to September (fall ends and winter)

Formed by 23 provinces and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina limits in the North with the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the Republic of Paraguay; in the East, with the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay; in the West, with the Republic of Chile. Besides, it has 2,935 miles of coasts on the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the terms of the National Constitution, the form of government is representative, republican and federal, with powers division: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

Spanish is the official language. English, Portuguese, Italian and French are widely spoken among the local population. The unique identity of Argentine people is the result of the fusion of native heritage with European customs (mostly Mediterranean); a mixture reflected in their social profile, education, art, architecture and gastronomy. Ancestral traditions coexist with a strong folkloric culture. Folk music and tango; football (=Soccer), polo, golf, sport fishing, adventure, rafting, trekking, horseback riding, mountaineering and ski; spas and thermal waters; archaeological remains and traces of millenary times; typical gastronomy and innovative flavors; Wine Routes; an intense nightlife and multiple cultural proposals… all of them comprise this country full of experiences.

Due to its varied resources and unique characteristics, Argentina leads the Latin American integration process as far as culture, politics and economy are concerned.

The official currency is the Argentine Peso, but the U.S. Dollar and the Euro are also used in business transactions. Argentina lives in a context of economic and political stability with an important development in infrastructure and new technologies, as well as a growing foreign trade. This situation has turned the country into an optimum place for investments, not only in the traditional agricultural area, but also in other producing sectors like oil, mining, fishing, winemaking and metallurgical industries. During the last years, aligned with professional services’ strengthening, other non-traditional industries have shown a sustained growth, mainly those related to information technology and communications, agro-industry, biofuels production, creative industries, professional services and tourism.

With the passing of the Tourism National Law N° 25997/05 and by the express decision of the National Government, tourism in Argentina became a State Policy matter; and, nowadays, it is one of the activities with major growth rate in the last decade.

Tourism Industry in Argentina

South America undergoes an expanding cycle with millions of people enteriing to the world of traveling and tourism. According to estimations of the World Bank, 75% of tourist movements in the region are made within the same area. And, as per forecasts of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in the Americas Region, the Southern Sub-region shall represent the major mean growth rate (5% annual) of tourist arrivals by 2020.

In this context, Argentina consolidates as one of the leading destinations in Latin America, with a record of 5.5 millions tourists in 2012.

With 6 Tourism Regions with the most diverse attractions (Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Cuyo, Littoral, North and Patagonia); 9 Mankind Heritages (natural but also cultural); 13 Biosphere Reserves and more than 30 National Parks, Argentina is a country of (multiple) experiences truly unforgettable –cities, nature, culture, sport, adventure and gastronomy.

The National Government understood that this is a country meant for tourism and, in the last years, it has promoted tourism and made it a State Policy that fostered the following aspects, among others:

  • sector’s progressive professionalization
  • investment increment
  • increase in international and national air connectivity with the arrival to the country of new air companies (Emirates, KLM, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, among others)
  • development of important projects with national and foreign hotel chains
  • new facilities and premises for events and congresses.

 

In this way, the multiplier effect of Tourism understood and approached as State Policy, converted this industry into in the fourth exporting activity in the country.

(Other) Aspects of the Argentine Economy

With 420 million cultivable acres, Argentina is the 9th agricultural area in the world, the 5th food world producer; the 5th world wine and beef producer; the 2nd milk producer in Latin America and the 11th milk exporter in the world.

In spite of its traditional and clear development of the agro-livestock industry, Argentina also has a strong industrial position in other areas like renewable energy, biotechnology, nuclear energy and mining resources (gold, copper, lithium, carbon, lead, zinc, tin, silver and potassium).

Besides, it is the 3rd country in the world with the largest reserves of non-conventional hydrocarbons. It has one of the biggest Industrial Poles in South America and it achieved an important growth in the petrochemical and fishing industries.

More than 2,000 multinational companies has chosen the country for doing business with a long-term vision and a renewed investment compromise. Besides, there are 1,600 companies representing the software and information technology service sector, thus positioning Argentina among the top 15 countries exporting this kind of services.

Internationally acknowledged in academic and research matters, Argentina has the highest educational level in Latin America. According to the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), it is categorized as a country with a very high human development as far as health, education and economic growth are concerned.

9th agricultural area in the world

5th food world producer

5th world wine and beef producer

2nd milk producer in Latin America

Argentina’s Integration to the Global Economy

Latin American Integration Association (ALADI for its acronyms in Spanish):  Argentina is member of the largest integration group in Latin America. Its thirteen members (Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay and Peru) form an area of economic preferences with the final goal of achieving a common market.

G-20: Member of the Group of 19 countries and the European Union.

MERCOSUR - Southern Common Market. Foundational member with preferential access (0% duties) to a regional market with 275 million inhabitants.

UNASUR – Union of South American Nations: Member of this regional organization focused on the social, cultural, economic and political development of its country-members.

Argentina, Venue for Meetings & Conventions Tourism

6 Tourism Regions

9 World Heritage Sites

13 Biosphere Reserves (UNESCO)

33 National Parks

Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world and the 2nd in South America. Its imposing natural and cultural diversity gives origin to 6 Tourism Regions as differentiated as irresistible. 9 World Heritage Sites; 13 areas declared Biosphere Reserves by the UNESCO and 33 National Parks comprise this amazing country of experiences. Main destination for snow activities in South America and Polo’s paradise, Argentina prides itself for its gastronomy for all palates, characterized by its unique local flavor. In this country located at the end of the world, ancestral flavors merge with gourmet recipes paired with the best wines. Argentina is a country where the native heritage is combined with the European culture, and this mixture of races results in a population open to the world.

With an excellent and varied accommodation offer and an important range of qualified complementary services, Argentina combines professionalism with hospitality. Services and infrastructure comply with the highest international standards, thus explaining the growth and diversification of the tourism activity.

As far as Meetings & Conventions Tourism is concerned, Argentina moves forward and, year after year, gets a better position as venue for the most outstanding events, conventions, fairs, sporting events and incentive travels in the world. Thanks to the diversity of destinations and products, the number of business travelers coming to the country keeps increasing. Argentina currently occupies the 18th place in the ICCA Ranking, that considers 200 countries in the world (Source: ICCA 2010, 2011 and 2012) and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the country’s capital, consolidates as the N°1 events’ destination in the American Continent (Source ICCA: 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)

With its 6 Tourism Regions, Argentina offers more than 30 destinations prepared to host any kind of international events and incentive travels. 26 C&VBs, 5 and 4 stars’ first class hotels, convention centers and facilities equipped with the latest technology complete the offer at the different cities and tourist centers all over the country, most of them located at unique natural landscapes. The increment in the accommodation capacity permits satisfying the increasing demand of medical, industrial, political and economic conventions, festivals and huge sporting events.

Thus, the business traveler finds in Argentina the necessary comforts and resources to turn his/her trip into a pleasant, passionate and unique experience; including the benefit that exempts from VAT payment those foreigners participating in congresses, conventions and international fairs in the country. Each region’s own characteristics are complemented by a common feature: a service of excellence.

Connectivity

Argentina offers a well developed transportation system and infrastructure: more than 24,000 miles of national roads, one of the most extended railway networks in the world (22,215 miles), 25 maritime ports, 38 inland ports and 58 airports.

Argentina receives on a weekly basis about 900 international flights from 50 destinations in the five continents: 675 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 105 from North America; 68 from Europe and 26 from Africa, Asia and Australia. Aerolíneas Argentinas, the national airline, is member of the SkyTeam.

Conectividad - Vuelos desde Buenos Aires

The air companies flying to the country (with direct flights from more than 50 destinations) arrive mostly to the “Ministro Pistarini” International Airport, located in the city of Ezeiza, at 22 miles from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

A wide road network and air connections facilitate inland access, thus allowing a quick transportation from Buenos Ares to any tourist point in the country.

However, the cities of Córdoba, Mendoza and Salta (capital of the provinces with the same names), Río Gallegos (capital of the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz) and Rosario (in the province of Santa Fe) also receive international flights at their airports.
 
Argentina occupies the second place in Latin America in the Logistics Performance Index, which refers to a local logistics based on the efficiency of the Customs dispatch process, the quality of the infrastructure related to commerce and transportation and quality services, easiness to obtain shipment competitive prices and shipments frequency (Source: Word Bank 2009)

Argentina’s characteristics in connectivity matters represent an added value to Organizers of Events and Incentive Travels as they permit offering a varied range of experiences with little time investment.

Argentina features (Tourist) Quality

The creation and startup of the Argentine System of Tourist Quality -result of the guidelines set forth by the Sustainable Tourism Strategic Federal Plan- permitted establishing the basis for the sustainable development of the tourism activity.

This means: the quality of both products and services plus environmental conditionsm thus positioning Argentina as a quality destination in the international market.

The National Public Administration has become a pro-active player in the design and development of application tools for tourism quality and continuous improvement, involving all the areas that comprise this activity’s value chain.

Synergy between the public and private sectors ensures the success in the organization of every kind of events, with the support and cooperation of the INPROTUR (National Institute of Tourism Promotion) and the assistance of the AOCA (Association that gathers the most remarkable professionals related to conventions, fairs and genera events in Argentina)

Contacts

National Tourism Ministry
Tourist Information Center
Av. Santa Fe 883, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (C1059ABC)
Phone: (+54 11) 4312-2232

www.turismo.gov.ar www.facebook.com/viajaportupais @viajaportupais

National Institute of Tourism Promotion (INPROTUR)
Paraguay 866 – 4th Floor, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (C1057AAL)
Phone.: (+54 11) 4850-1422

www.argentina.travel www.facebook.com/visitarg @visitarg

Argentine Association of Meetings & Conventions Organizers and Suppliers (AOCA)
Uruguay 1134 – 7th floor, apt. B, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (C1016ACD)
Phone: (+54 11) 4816-1140/ 4816-1152

www.aoca.org.ar