Tourism in Argentina

Tourism in Argentina

Argentina recorded a total of seven million tourists in 2019, ranking 28th in the world in absolute terms.

Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Argentina, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.16 tourists per resident, Argentina ranked 99th in the world. In South America, it ranked 4th.

In 2020, Argentina generated around 1.70 billion US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.35 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 16 percent of all international tourism receipts in South America.

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The most popular city in Argentina for international travelers is Buenos Aires. In 2019, it reached the 88th place of the world's most popular cities with 2.77 million tourists.

Tourism in Argentina

Development of the tourism sector in Argentina from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Argentina each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g., crew members of ships or flights are also not considered tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 12 countries in South America.

Tourists per year in Argentina

Revenues from tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.55 billion USD, or about 0.99 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.29 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,114 USD per person. Within 25 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $5.65 billion billion, 1.3 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $764 on their vacation in Argentina.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $5.65 billion billion (2019), only $1.70 billion billion remained. This is a 70 percent decrease in Argentina.

Tourism receipts in Argentina per year

All data for Argentina in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20197.40 m5.65 bn $1.3 %764 $
20186.94 m6.00 bn $1.1 %864 $
20176.71 m5.83 bn $0.91 %869 $
20166.67 m5.47 bn $0.98 %820 $
20156.82 m5.44 bn $0.91 %798 $
20147.17 m5.65 bn $1.1 %788 $
20136.51 m5.20 bn $0.94 %799 $
20126.50 m5.67 bn $1.0 %872 $
20116.70 m6.06 bn $1.1 %904 $
20106.80 m5.61 bn $1.3 %824 $
20094.31 m4.46 bn $1.3 %1,034 $
20084.70 m5.27 bn $1.5 %1,122 $
20074.56 m5.03 bn $1.7 %1,103 $
20064.17 m3.93 bn $1.7 %941 $
20053.82 m3.21 bn $1.6 %839 $
20043.46 m2.66 bn $1.6 %769 $
20033.00 m2.31 bn $1.8 %770 $
20022.82 m1.72 bn $1.8 %609 $
20012.62 m2.76 bn $1.0 %1,052 $
20002.91 m3.20 bn $1.1 %1,098 $
19992.90 m3.18 bn $1.1 %1,096 $
19983.01 m3.35 bn $1.1 %1,113 $
19972.76 m3.15 bn $1.1 %1,141 $
19962.61 m2.98 bn $1.1 %1,138 $
19952.29 m2.55 bn $0.99 %1,114 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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