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Argentina upgrades Tourism to Ministry given its growing economic contribution

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner led the swearing-in ceremony of Enrique Meyer as Minister of the newly created Ministry of Tourism. Meyer was Secretary of Tourism but this week the post was upgraded to Ministry.

Former Secretary Enrique Meyer is now Minister Meyer

According to decree 919, the underlying reason for the ministerial creation was due to the former Secretary's activities in representing an alternative development sector for the economy, which “boosts employment and modifies regional economies”.

“Tourism statistics have been incredible and the amount of tourists and dollars that have entered the country since 2003 have more than doubled”, said Mrs. Kirchner on announcing the reasons for decrees 919 and 921.

“In 2003, we were 40th in the world ranking, with just 17 conferences held in this country. In 2008, we launched a marketing plan and held 115 events, moving within the ranks to number 22. In 2009, we held 145 events and climbed to spot 19” on an international level.

Decree 921 is the one which appointed former Secretary Meyer as the new Minister.

Mrs. Kirchner said tourism related activities in Argentina represent 6% of GDP and recalled that while global tourism activity declined 8% in 2009, “the number of Argentines travelling overseas kept increasing steadily”.

Last year 4.975.129 Argentines travelled overseas and spent 4.4 billion US dollars, which is a billion US dollars higher than what incoming tourism left in the country, according to official Argentine statistics.

Mrs. Kirchner said that since 2003 investment in hotels, lodges and motels jumped 1000% with the cities of Cordoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Mar del Plata fully incorporated to the international tourism circuit.

Tourism in Argentina has been growing steadily since 2003, mostly boosted by a favourable exchange rate between the Argentine peso and the US dollar.

In 2009, Argentina received almost two million foreign tourists (14% less than in 2008) who spend an estimated 2.7 billion US dollars.

Last January the most intense month of the summer season for Argentina’s tourism industry, an estimated 9.5 million locals and foreigners travelled to tourist destinations in the country, the largest number for that month in the last ten years.


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1 Billy Hayes (#) Jul 02nd, 2010 - 01:33 am Report abuse
Mr-T will have a man in that bureocracy.

Turism a geopolitical tool in south atlantic.
2 harrier61 (#) Jul 02nd, 2010 - 05:30 pm Report abuse
With reference to the above and my comment in another articles; Billy isn't even bright enough to copy and paste properly. “Turism” hahaha!
3 stick up your junta (#) Jul 03rd, 2010 - 07:38 am Report abuse
The lonley plant (bill) turist guide lol
4 harrier61 (#) Jul 03rd, 2010 - 04:49 pm Report abuse
If I'd wanted to visit a third-world territory, I could have picked somewhere inviting. Like Rwanda or Somalia.
5 jerry (#) Jul 03rd, 2010 - 11:35 pm Report abuse
It´s simple, C.K. is so short of funds that she is desperately seeking anything that may bring money into Argentina (and into her pocket)!
6 jorge! (#) Jul 05th, 2010 - 03:38 pm Report abuse
Harrier, noone here wants visitors like you!
7 avargas2001 (#) Jul 07th, 2010 - 10:57 pm Report abuse
Great report, I don't even know what all this british trolls are doing in here dumping on Argentina and people ? and then they wonder why Argentina doesn't want the 2000 illegal british colonist inside Malvinas. they are here pesting, I doubt any of them even read the report and don't dear to say anything positive, because as a white race they will unite to pest everyone else for taking the freedom to post a comment, Their Inferiority complex causes them to bash people, I would advise anyone here to simply ignore them.
8 anilpal (#) Jul 10th, 2010 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
Although more of us make been “tourists” at several direction in our lives, defining what tourism actually is can be tall. Business is the activities of persons motion to and staying in places exterior their common surroundings for not many than one continuous gathering for leisure, acting or remaining purposes.

Touristry is a propulsive and combative manufacture that requires the knowledge to constantly alter to customers' dynamic needs and desires, as the customer's satisfaction, area and activity are particularly the absorption of business businesses.

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