Buenos Aires City via El Destape

U.S. citizens are loving Argentina more and more these days. And the government doesn’t want that to end anytime soon. More than 200,000 U.S. citizens visited the country in the first six months of the year, an 18 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Clarín. The paper credits the increase at least in part to Obama’s visit to Argentina in March and the warmer relations between the two countries.

The figure means the first six months of the year were close to the peak of 227,000 visitors reached in the first six months of 2008, which marked the highest number in a quarter century. And the government wants the flow to continue, with the goal of reaching half a million U.S. tourists per year.

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Obama's visit to Argentina. Photo via La Nación
Obama’s visit to Argentina. Photo via La Nación

What is the typical U.S. tourist like?

  • Stays in the country for an average of two weeks
  • Sleeps in four and five-star hotels
  • Spends US$100 per day
  • Stays in the city of Buenos Aires half of the time before going on to Patagonia (17 percent does it), Buenos Aires province (14 percent), El Litoral (12.6 percent) and Cuyo (8.8 percent).
  • They are very independent: 87 percent plan the trip without the help of travel agents.

 

Cataratas del Iguazú. Photo via Argentina Turismo
Cataratas del Iguazú. Photo via Argentina Turismo