about 3.5 million tourists came out to tour the country

Mar del Plata was this long weekend one of the destinations most chosen by tourists.

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Mar del Plata was this long weekend one of the destinations most chosen by tourists.

Some 3,550,000 tourists went to visit the eastern country long weekend, according to the first data from the sector, which represents between 20 and 25 percent more than the same long weekend of 2019 and 2018, before the coronavirus pandemic that affected this activity.

The podium of chosen destinations by travelers, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism, led by the party of the Coast, Mar del Plata and San Carlos de Bariloche. That ranking continues with Puerto Iguazú, Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Gesell and the cities of Mendoza, Salta and Pinamar.

In position ten appears the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, followed by Federación (Entre Ríos), Ushuaia, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, San Martín de los Andes, Merlos and San Rafael.

Also on the list of the most visited are the towns of Puerto Madryn, Villa La Angostura, Gualeguaychú, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, and El Bolsón.

Preliminary data from the private sector also highlights that Federation (Entre Ríos), Merlo (San Luis), Salta, Puerto Iguazú and Mendoza are the destinations with 100 percent occupancy. With an occupancy of 95 percent are Pinamar, Rosario, San Rafael, Villa La Angostura, Quebrada de Humahuaca, and Gualeguaychú.

Meanwhile, the Partido de la Costa, Puerto Madryn, and Santa Rosa de Calamuchita registered 90 percent occupancy, while Mar del Plata (83 percent), San Carlos de Bariloche (85 percent) were also filled with tourists , Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Gesell and Ushuahia (80 percent), El Calafate (87 percent), and San Martín de los Andes (75 percent), among others.

This movement, which exceeds pre-covid-19 pandemic levels, adds to what happened during the October long weekend, in which 4,250,000 tourists were mobilized, a figure considered the best figure of the last decade for that date by the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME).

The success of the Pre-trip

Among the key factors that explain the successful long weekend is the impulse of Pre-trip. Thanks to this program, more than 300,000 Argentines and Argentines bought their getaways for November 2021, with an economic movement of more than 8.5 billion pesos.

It is estimated that, by the end of the year, about 1,000,000 people will travel through the country with this initiative.

“The long weekend is a total success, with occupancy levels above 90 percent in the main destinations”, He highlighted Matias Lammens, Minister of Tourism and Sports. Likewise, it stated that “the mobilization of people is 20 percent higher than the same weekend of the prepandemic and very promising consumption figures, driven by the PreViaje program “.

In that sense, he added: “The data for October and November show us that tourism is already underway, which is driving the recovery of the economy and gives us the guideline that we are going to have a summer season with record numbers “.

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