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Travel and Tourism Services

Market Overview

Traveling is part of the Argentine lifestyle, and the United Sates is a popular travel destination for both business and pleasure. Based on recent figures, travel to the U.S. grew by 20 percent in 2012 and by 12 percent in 2013.  It is important to take into consideration that since December 2013, all Argentines pay an additional 35 percent withholding tax on all purchases made in foreign countries, including travel services. The tax is reimbursable when Argentines file their yearly income tax returns.

Travel from Argentina to the U.S. has grown in double digit numbers in the past years and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Argentines spend on average $5,000 per person on travel expenses to the US (including airfare generated by U.S. carriers).  This comes as good news for travel agents, airline provides, hotel managers, and many other travel service providers.  

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), though some choose to travel during the week of September 21, as many children go on spring holiday at that time.  The only requirement for Argentines entering the United States, in addition to a valid passport, is to obtain a travel visa.

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

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Key Figures 

Argentine Travelers to the U.S.


Total Passengers



356,428 (21% growth)


433,140 (22% growth)


512,258 (17% growth)


614,504 (20% growth)


686,098 (12% growth)

2014 (estimate)

720,400 (5% growth)

Data Sources: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries – International Trade Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Travel Association and Argentine Secretariat of Tourism.

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Trade Events 

In Argentina


Feria Internacional de Turismo (FIT)
October 25-28, 2014
La Rural Exhibition Center, Buenos Aires 
Feria Internacional de Turismo,
coordinated by the Argentine Association of Travel & Tourism, is an excellent venue for American companies to exhibit their travel and tourism opportunities to the Latin American market.  Close to 40,000 individuals, the first two days, and nearly 20,000 retail travel agents, the second two days, attend the event every year, including buyers from neighboring countries such as Chile and Uruguay.  The U.S. Commercial Service, Buenos Aires sponsors the US Pavilion that includes American companies promoting their services. 

In the United States


International Pow Wow
May 30 – June 3, 2015
Orlando, FL
Coordinated by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), the International Pow Wow is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and is the largest generator of Visit USA travel. In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled, computer-generated business appointments, more than 1,000 U. S. travel organizations from every region of the USA, and representing all industry category components, and more than 1,500 international delegates and domestic buyers from more than 65 countries conduct business negotiations. International Pow Wow is also an opportunity for unique news coverage for USA travel destinations and products. There are typically more than 250 travel journalists from over 40 countries at International Pow Wow each year. Great opportunities exist for destination and product articles to appear in major trade and consumer publications.



La Cita de las Americas
September 2-4, 2015
Fort Miami, FL
A three-day forum for travel industry professionals, announces its second marketplace to take place in Miami, Florida, USA. The objective of the professional forum is to provide networking opportunities for travel industry professionals - senior management buyers, suppliers and related marketing services - to meet, further relationships, and build partnerships which facilitate inbound travel to the USA from key markets in Latin America and the Caribbean..

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Useful Links 

Argentine Web Sites

U.S. Web Sites

U.S. Airlines

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the U.S. Commercial Service Argentina Specialist mentioned below for additional information or assistance.

Diana Brandon
Travel and Tourism Services Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Argentina
Embassy of the United States of America
Av. Colombia 4300
C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 5777-4550
Fax:    (54-11) 5777-4203
Email:  Diana.Brandon@trade.gov

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