Argentina embraces sustainable tourism

A road in Argentina.

Delegates from Argentina’s Secretariat of State for Tourism visited London’s World Travel Market event this week, announcing the implementation of a new development strategy to drive sustainable eco-tourism and improve flight connectivity in the country.

Argentina recorded seven million tourist arrivals last year, and has hatched plans to welcome nine million by 2020. Eighty investment projects are planned over the next year, which it is hoped will bring in millions of dollars; additionally, US$232 million is set to be invested in national architectural and urban renovation schemes.

The country plans to increase flight connectivity by renovating its major airports, in other to support over 1,000 new national routes (it has already increased international flights by a factor of 20 per cent since 2015). Plans are also afoot to further promote Argentina’s 46 national protected areas, of which four are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

“We are delighted to be in London this week to partake in WTM and announce that Argentina is open for business, for investment, for tourism and for growth,” said Sebastián Slobayen. “We understand that visitors today seek a greater sense of community, and care about the countries they visit. This is why we have launched a new sustainable plan to preserve our country and benefit the quality of life of local communities. Our country is our main asset, we wish to protect it, invest in it – and above all – share it.”