Argentina, the discounted country that attracts tourists…

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Inprotur, the organization promoting Argentinian tourism, was present this year at the IFTM trade fair in Paris. According to their statistics, France represents Argentina’s second European market, behind Spain: around 80,000 French people would therefore have visited the South American destination during the first nine months of 2023.

So here they are, looking for more visitors with the campaign Visit Argentina which highlights the geographical diversity and the contrasts between north and south of a very large country. On the program, ecotourism with an itinerary of more than 150 destinations throughout the country on the official La Ruta Natural website.

In addition, Michelin announced this year the arrival of a guide to the country as a gastronomic destination. The inspectors will present their first selection of restaurants for the city of Buenos Aires and the province of Mendoza on November 24.

Inflation is getting totally out of control and the devalued peso attracts tourists

The Central Bank of Argentina raised last Thursday the inflation figures for September, which touched the ceiling of 12.7% per month and 138% per year. This has worsened rising prices, swallowing up wages and savings and pushing two in five Argentines below the poverty line. A survey of analysts by the same central bank later in the day showed inflation would reach 180% by the end of the year.

Regarding the countries of origin of foreign tourists who visited Argentina this year, those from border countries – Uruguay, Brazil and Chile – come first, followed by visitors from the United States thanks to the numerous air connections, notably between Miami and Buenos Aires. Areas.

Presidential elections which do not bode well…

Since its creation 70 years ago, Peronism has been the dominant party in Argentina and has had very diverse presidents, according to the different “exegeses” of the doctrine of General Perón – a great friend of Franco – whose meaning and scope are interpretable according to the wishes of the government in power.

Following the governance crisis in 2001, the “Kirchnerist” current of Peronism (named after Néstor Kirchner and his wife Cristina Fernández) almost regularly established itself in power by excessively claiming the concepts of “people” and of “homeland” which, under the mandates of Perón in the 20th century, meant something, but no longer today in a globalized world. Kirchnerism was constituted as a populist and nationalist left which reinterpreted and retold the history of the country as it wished by generating a gigantic state model, unfundable and which deteriorated all macroeconomic and social variables.

A week before the presidential elections, observers predict a slow but certain political end to the Kirchner widow, who faces multiple corruption trials that range from embezzlement of enormous public funds to nepotism, through nominees and bribed magistrates. The thefts and abuses of power committed by the widow and her acolytes still remain unpunished and fuel social discontent, now channeled by a candidate with an ambiguous speech, to say the least, mixing ultra-liberalism and messianism: Javier Milei. He is often compared to Bolsonaro or Donald Trump, of whom he says he is a great admirer…

The future does not look very promising in a country with 18 million people below the poverty line, where insecurity is reaching record levels. Perhaps we should expect a miracle from Francis, the Peronist pope who asks his followers to “pray for him”? Otherwise, we can always resort to the national mythology which elevated Evita and Maradona to the status of saints… of the people!

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