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Buenos Aires records 2017 tourist boom

BuenosArgentina is proving a popular destination for international tourists, as visitor numbers surged by 4.5% to Buenos Aires in the first 10 months of 2017.

An estimated 1.55 million people arrived through one of the capital’s two major airports between January and October.

Given that the city is set to host the Summer Youth Olympic Games, Art Basel and the next G20 Summit in the coming 12 months, the region is expected to be just as popular in 2018.

Based on international tourist figures for Ezeiza International Airport and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, some 67,000 more tourists had visited by October last year.

The city’s hotels are feeling the benefits, as occupancy in the luxury four and five-star hotels located across Buenos Aires has surged by 6%.

Growth has been sustained over a 15 month period and a number of new hotels will open in early 2018 to help meet rising demand.

Among them are the MGallery by Sofitel and the Ker San Telmo, the latter of which is due to open in March with swimming, spa and business facilities.

Those visiting Buenos Aires can expect a mix of European and Spanish-style architecture, coupled with a rich culture.

Hundreds of theatre productions take place every weekend, while the city is also home to the internationally rated opera house Teatro Colon and a number of cultural festivals.

Those with an interest in the arts will therefore find plenty to do in the city, but there is plenty more to see and do.

The historic core of the city, in the San Telmo and Monserrat neighbourhoods, is the most popular region with tourists and includes the Catedral Metropolitana, which has occupied the site since colonial times.

There are also more than 250 parks and green spaces in the city, the majority of which can be found on the city’s eastern side, especially in the Palermo, Belgrano and Puerto Madero neighbourhoods.

If you’re considering a trip overseas in 2018, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance to ensure you’re covered for any eventuality.

Date Created: 22 January 2018

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