Tourism in Argentina

Argentina recorded a total of 7 million tourists in 2018, ranking 51st 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 135th in the world. In South America, it ranked 6th.

Argentina generated around 6.00 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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The most popular city in Argentina for international travelers is Buenos Aires. In 2018 it reached the 85th place of the world's most popular cities with 2.69 million tourists.

Development of the tourism sector in Argentina from 1995 to 2018

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 as 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 in 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 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 6.00 billion USD, accounting for 1.2 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 864 USD for his holiday in Argentina.

Tourism receipts in Argentina per year

All data for Argentina in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19952.29 m2.55 bn $0.99 %1,114 $
19962.61 m2.98 bn $1.1 %1,138 $
19972.76 m3.15 bn $1.1 %1,141 $
19983.01 m3.35 bn $1.1 %1,113 $
19992.90 m3.18 bn $1.1 %1,096 $
20002.91 m3.20 bn $1.1 %1,098 $
20012.62 m2.76 bn $1.0 %1,052 $
20022.82 m1.72 bn $1.8 %609 $
20033.00 m2.31 bn $1.8 %770 $
20043.46 m2.66 bn $1.6 %769 $
20053.82 m3.21 bn $1.6 %839 $
20064.17 m3.93 bn $1.7 %941 $
20074.56 m5.03 bn $1.7 %1,103 $
20084.70 m5.27 bn $1.5 %1,122 $
20094.31 m4.46 bn $1.3 %1,034 $
20106.80 m5.61 bn $1.3 %824 $
20116.70 m6.06 bn $1.1 %904 $
20126.50 m5.67 bn $1.0 %872 $
20136.51 m5.20 bn $0.94 %799 $
20147.17 m5.65 bn $1.1 %788 $
20156.82 m5.44 bn $0.91 %798 $
20166.67 m5.47 bn $0.98 %820 $
20176.71 m5.84 bn $0.91 %869 $
20186.94 m6.00 bn $1.2 %864 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.