Gay tourism continues to rise in Argentina

Gay tourism continues to rise in Argentina

With the objective of continuing to consolidate the country as a benchmark for homosexual tourism and to extend to the rest of the Argentinean regions the same concept that consolidated Buenos Aires as the gay friendly capital of Latin America, the Institute of Tourism Promotion of Argentina…

With the objective of continuing to consolidate the country as a benchmark for homosexual tourism and to extend to the rest of the Argentinean regions the same concept that consolidated Buenos Aires as the gay friendly capital of Latin America, the Institute of Tourism Promotion of Argentina (Inprotur) and the Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CCGLAR) have sealed a collaborative agreement to undertake a series of joint actions.

For Pablo de Luca, president and founder of the CCGLAR, “the gay tourist is an attractive consumer since he spends more on his travels. The average spending in Argentina of heterosexuals is 120 dollars a day compared to the 200 dollars of homosexuals. To this we must add the fact that their average stay is higher in a 40 or 50% “. Of the five million tourists that Argentina received in 2010, 17.8% belong to the LGBT group.

According to communiqué sent to arecoa.com, in addition to Buenos Aires, cities such as Mar del Plata, El Calafate, Bariloche, Mendoza and Iguazú have already been established as friendly destinations with the homosexual community, to which has contributed very positively the legalization in Argentina of gay marriages.

De Luca considers that “the model of Buenos Aires is more like Barcelona, where the gay move is not concentrated in ghettos or neighborhoods, but it merges with the city and has gained prominence through the organization of activities for the homosexual community.”

The CCGLAR works to organize four large annual gay events in the country. Two are already celebrated today: The gay harvest of Mendoza, during the first week of March, and the gay Pride march in Buenos Aires, which takes place on the first Sunday in November and which in 2010 gathered 150,000 people. For this year the inauguration of the first gay cruise of Argentina, ‘ EGO ‘, which will sail in mid-December of the port of Buenos Aires and visit the ports of Punta del Este and Montevideo as part of its itinerary.

Peru plans to capture US $60 million in Travel Mart

With the expectation of generating business for 60 million of dollars for the participation of 70 buying companies and 75 sellers of tourist services in the Peruvian destination, today began the tourism fair Peru Travel Mart, event that takes place in Lima…

With the expectation of generating business for 60 million of dollars for the participation of 70 buying companies and 75 sellers of tourist services in the Peruvian destination, today began the tourism fair Peru Travel Mart, event that takes place in Lima.

The National Chamber of Tourism (Naturista), organizer of the fair, seeks to convert Peru into a market of nature and experiential experiences, as expressed by its President, Carlos Canales.

The XVIII edition of Peru Travel Mart is dedicated this year to the centenary of the discovery to the world of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which the Peruvian government will celebrate next July, but also seeks to increase the reasons to visit the Andean country, according to Collect expansion.com.

“The celebration of Machu Picchu is an international relaunch of Destiny Peru to the world, is a media event”, but what the business sector wants is “Peru is a tourist destination per se,” said Canales.

For this reason, the organizers of the fair have taken a hundred representatives of the participating companies to a luncheon, in a restaurant at the seaside, where they tasted and learned to prepare ceviche (raw fish cooked with lemon juice) and pisco Sour (pisco cocktail and lemon juice).

In addition, Canales reported that they took them to visit the markets suppliers of fish, fruits and different inputs of Peruvian gastronomy.

“It has been interesting because they have seen the amount of potatoes we have, the types of lemon and fish, and now they can know that a ceviche is cooked very quickly by the quality of Peruvian lemon,” said the president of Naturo.

On the other hand, Canales announced that the tourism sector is also betting “that Lima will become the center of the Tourism of meetings of Peru and Latin America” in the next five years.

With the recent inauguration of the Westin Hotel in Lima, the executive said that the Peruvian capital is able to offer events for 2,000 participants, but still requires greater investment in hotel infrastructure, services and connectivity Air.

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