International tourism in April fell 6% from the same month a year ago, making this the seventh consecutive annual decline since October.
But while the numbers are down, the decline wasn’t as bad as it was last month, when tourism plummeted almost 20%. Meanwhile, the number of Argentines traveling abroad surged in April, rising almost 17% from a year ago, indicating that not everyone is suffering from the economic slowdown.
The number of visitors to Argentina fell to 183,096 in April, compared with 194,787 a year ago. While here, tourists spent around $210 million, down about 24% from a year ago, the national statistics agency, INDEC, reported Tuesday.
In April the average tourist spent about $83 day, roughly 20% less than a year ago. Brazilians spent the most of any specific country ($124), followed by Chileans ($115), and Americans and Canadians ($85). Europeans spent the least at $61 a day.
The average tourist stayed in the country for about 14 days, with Brazilians spending the least amount of time here (5.9 days) and Europeans the most (almost 23 days). So Brazilians spend a lot in a short amount of time while Europeans save their money for a longer stay. On average, Americans and Canadians stayed about 20 days.
Tourism brings in about $4 billion annually to the Argentine economy, according to official estimates.
INDEC’s measurement is based on the number of visitors who arrive to the country via Ezeiza, or EZE, the airport located outside Buenos Aires. About half of the country’s tourists arrive through EZE.