This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 7/23/2019
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, Argentine travel to the United States has grown by double digit numbers in recent years with the exception of 2014 when Argentines and other Latin Americans shifted travel to Brazil to attend the FIFA World Cup. During 2017, over 1 million Argentines traveled to the United States.

In January 2016, the current government of President Macri eliminated a 35% tax on all purchases made by Argentines in foreign countries, including travel services, imposed by the previous regime in 2013. Total expenditures by Argentine travelers in the United States in 2017 was US$4.8B.

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 in addition to their other times off. The only requirement before entering the United States, in addition to a valid passport, is to obtain a travel visa.            

YearTotal Passengers Visiting the United States
2013686,098 (+11.7 %)
2014684,727 (-0.2%)
2015798,567 (+15.6%)
2016926,321 (+16%)
20171,018,177 (+9.9%)
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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New tourism destinations are being actively promoted at the major industry shows, and the business travel sector experienced substantial growth last year, as many Argentines are visiting trade shows and congresses in a wide variety of industry sectors.

The top destinations visited by Argentines are Florida (particularly Miami and Orlando), New York, California, and Washington, DC.  The U.S. gateways are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and New York City with new non-stop service to Los Angeles as of December 2018.

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