Brazils changing LGBT policies may mean tourism increase for Argentina

Brazils changing LGBT policies may mean tourism increase for Argentina

Argentina and Brazil had always been competing. This is not only true for soccer, but also for tourism.

Anti-LGBT policies in the making in Brazil may contribute to an even bigger growth for tourism from this sector for Argentina.

Creating a tourist offer focused on gay tourism in Argentina is becoming increasingly attractive for companies and businesses in the industry, as this market registers higher expenditure and longer stays in comparison to other niches tourism markets.

More than 490,000 LGBT  tourists (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) segment visited Argentina during 2018, which accounted for an 11% year-on-year growth.

“In 2018, Argentina closed the year with over 7 million visitors. It included 490,000 LGBT tourists according to Pablo De Luca, president of the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Argentina.

Buenos Aires was the number LGBT destination in Argentina, followed by the cities of Puerto Iguazú, Ushuaia, Mendoza, Córdoba, and Rosario.

The constant mentions of the country as one of the top ten “gay-friendly” destinations contributes to the growth.

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Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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