Argentina aims to attract more cruise ships

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Argentina's transport minister Guillermo Dietrich said the country aims to receive up to 1mn tourists arriving via cruise ships during 2018. He also highlighted the projects currently underway to renovate the ports of Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn, while adding that fees for ships longer than 315m will be lowered to attract more cruise lines.

Renovation works for the three ports have a combined budget of 860mn pesos (US$45mn). Dietrich was quoted by state news agency Télam as saying that just Buenos Aires port, whose renovation costs 180mn pesos, is receiving 330,000 tourists from cruises.

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The renovations of Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego province) and Puerto Madryn (Chubut province) ports cost 400mn and 380mn pesos, respectively.

As for updated fees, Argentina will charge cruise operators US$1 less for each passenger they bring next year. Currently, this fee stands at US$4, the transport ministry said.