According to data provided by the newspaper El Observador, visitor arrivals grew by 21% so far this year; who left almost $ 2000 million.
Going to specific numbers, between January and September 2,891,130 visitors entered our country, which means an increase of 21% over the same period of 2016. The Ministry of Tourism also reported that the largest number of foreign visitors came from the neighbor country, specifically there were 1,976,592 visits and the growth was 27.6% year-on-year.
The entrance of Brazilian tourists also registered an outstanding growth, with a total of 363.047 arrivals, that is, 21.7% more than the previous year.
In the "less traditional visitors" category, as is the case of Chileans, there was also a significant increase. In that case, 50,323 individuals entered the country during the first nine months of this year, while last year in the same period they had arrived 38,137. In this way, if you see a 32% increase in Chileans.
The official data that we are presenting, are in line with the statements made a few days ago by Minister Liliam Kechichián, at a press conference, after presenting the 2016 yearbook that records the area's statistics in 2016. In her own words: "There is no doubt" that 2017 is going to be an "even better" year than in 2016. In this context, the hierarchy highlighted "the consolidation of the Uruguay brand". In addition, he added that "controlled inflation, the appreciation of the dollar and the return of VAT to all tourism purchases make Uruguay really today highly competitive with Argentina and Brazil."
In relation to this last point the minister explained that "it was a norm that was put in an exceptional moment, of many difficulties". The resolution has been in effect for five years and will be extended until 2018, when it will cease and the ministry will have to implement "another type of benefits for tourists that will also be able to incorporate Uruguayan citizens".
As for another important issue that tends to occupy the government (the rise in prices during the season) the minister said that "it is always a concern, but last year there was a very responsible behavior of the private sector" which hopes that "this year".
What are the main destinations?
The data mentions the following:
Montevideo was the most chosen destination with 756,142 visitors, an increase of 13.7% compared to the period January – September 2016 (665,029).
Punta del Este was ranked as the second site in the preferences with 595,914 visitors (+ 21.7%).
The Thermal Coast was in third place with 485,796 visitors and a 33.4% growth compared to the same period of 2016 (364,074 visitors).
While the coast of Rocha received 179.811 tourists (+ 63.1%).
The positive numbers continue
The income of foreign currency for tourism services spending in this period was US $ 1,804,528,046, which represented 37% more than in 2016. As for the average expenditure per person, this was US $ 624, a 13.2% more than in the same period of 2016.
Punta del Este ended up being the town that received the highest income according to the tourists' expense, receiving US $ 790,951,903 and propitiating an increase of 44% compared to the same period of 2016.
The second place went to Montevideo with U $ S 457,018,305 (+ 17%).
The coast of Rocha, on the other hand, increased its income by 77.4% to US $ 130,862,573.
Taking into account now the variable "expense according to item", we have that 32.5% of the total was destined for lodging (U $ S 586,770,704).
27% was in food (US $ 480,369,114), and purchases were spent US $ 242,629,837 (13.5%)
Transportation, with US $ 131.808.106 monopolized 7.3% of tourism spending while the cultural and recreational category received US $ 157.762.942 (8.7%).
On the other hand, the Ministry of Tourism also highlighted the positive balance of the balance between the expenditure made by Uruguayan tourists abroad and the contribution made by non-resident visitors in our country, which represented a total of US $ 1,002,380,806, when in the same period of 2016, the positive balance of the balance was US $ 596,597,592.
Source of information: www.elobservador.com.uy