Argentina - Country Commercial Guide
Travel and Tourism Services

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-11-09

Overview

Traveling is part of the Argentine lifestyle, and the United Sates has been a popular travel destination for both business and pleasure. Argentine travel to the United States has grown by double digits during many years.

In 2017, over one million Argentines traveled to the United States and their expenditures totaled US$4.8 billion. However, due to the economic crisis, Argentine travelers to the United States dropped to 854,442 passengers in 2019. In December 2019, the Argentine government imposed a 30 percent tax on purchases made abroad or invoiced in foreign currency to include tourism services such as plane tickets or purchases abroad using Argentine credit and debit cards. In September 2020, the government added an additional 35 percent tax on purchases of dollars or overseas card payments. During 2020, due to the pandemic, the Argentine government placed many restrictions and closed borders for more than seven months. When the Argentine government finally authorized less than 25 percent of direct flights to the United States, many Argentines traveled, resulting in 197,748 passengers traveling to the United States. Argentina ranked as the sixth largest overseas country to send tourists to the United States. When more pandemic restrictions subside and the economy stabilizes, travel and tourism to the United States will likely increase.

The number of travelers varies depending on the season. Peak travel times tend to be during the summer holidays (December-February) and winter school holidays (July). Some also choose to travel during the week of September 21, as many children receive a spring holiday.

Year

Total Passengers Visiting the United States

2016

926,321 (+16%)

2017

1,018,177 (+10%)

2018

994,035 (-2.4%)

2019

854,442 (-14%)

2020 

197,748 (-76%) (ranked 6th)

Data Sources: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries – International Trade Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce, https://www.travel.trade.gov/ U.S. Travel Association and Argentine Ministry of Tourism.

Opportunities                                                                                          

The top destinations visited by Argentines are Florida (particularly Miami and Orlando), New York, California, and Washington, D.C. The U.S. gateways are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and New York City.

Resources             

https://travel.trade.gov/         

https://www.thebrandusa.com/                                                                     

For additional information, including market analysis, trade events, contacts, and the products and services that the U.S. Commercial Service can provide to help you succeed in Argentina please contact Diana Brandon, Industry Specialist.