Some 2.3 million tourists and 2.1 million hikers toured the country during this long weekend. With these data, the June holiday entered the tourist calendar as one of the most important of the year. The occupancy level averaged 90%. There was a very busy calendar of events and the good weather accompanied. Daily spending jumped to $6,500, but people still traveled and celebrated Father’s Day.
The holiday that combined the commemoration of the passage to immortality of General Martín de Güemes and Flag Day came close to equaling the figures for Holy Week: 4.4 million were tourists and hikers who toured the more than 1,000 cities in the country that make up the tourist circuit, and $55,070 million were disbursed
Compared to June 2019, which only had 3 days, 148.1% more tourists were mobilized, 94.2% more excursionists, while the average stay increased 32%, and daily spending rose 386.9%. The latter, driven by inflation, but also by the greater predisposition of travelers to allocate savings to leisure and recreation. At constant prices, daily spending increased by 35.4%.
The average stay for this XL weekend was 3.3 days, similar to Easter, and per capita daily spending jumped to $6,524. Thus, the 2.3 million tourists spent $50,048.5 million over the weekend, including lodging, transportation, food and other expenses. Compared to 2019, this total expenditure, at constant prices, made by tourists rose 343.4%, which is explained by two reasons: the additional day called for many more people to travel; and because each year tourism gains share in the household consumption basket, with more people traveling and more money spent on achieving a good stay.
Tourists were added 2.1 million hikers who traveled to nearby towns for the day in search of leisure, recreation, sports, recitals, national celebrations and family gatherings. On this date, the meetings for Father’s Day had a great impact. Thus, excursionists paid an average of $2,400 each, adding a total expense of $5,021.3 million, which at constant prices was 21.3% higher than the same weekend in 2019.
There was a full agenda of events, highlighting the National Tourism Forum, with 1,500 participants from the country in Termas de Río Hondo or the Gaucho Parade in Salta, which brought together 7,000 gauchos from all corners of Argentina. Cities, along with their provinces, are investing more and more resources in generating identity through these events, which have a high economic impact and at the same time offer recreational options to residents who do not travel.
An attraction of the weekend was the opening of the ski centers that had snow. Many people traveled to the mountains taking advantage of the excellent conditions for this practice. All the provinces of Patagonia and also Cuyo were able to offer the “snow” resource. Cerro Catedral in Bariloche was one of the busiest, it opened with new proposals and promotional prices. The same Las Leñas and Los Puquios in Mendoza, had full occupancy with discounts of up to 25% for tourists who stayed in Malargüe.