The city was chosen in Frommer’s Best Places to Go ranking of the 20 best destinations in the world. The guide highlighted the city’s neighbourhoods and food.
Approaching the end of what has been a record year for tourism, Buenos Aires City has received further recognition with its inclusion in the 20 best destinations to visit in 2020 according to Frommer’s, one of the world’s top travel publications.
Based on the opinions of journalists and travel experts, the top 20 list for the forthcoming year features Tokyo, Dubai, Bonn the Bahamas, Papua New Guinea, Greenland and the poles.
As for Buenos Aires, Frommer’s highlights neighbourhoods such as Villa Crespo with its underground art scene and Jewish community and San Telmo with its artists centred around Plaza Dorrego. It gives special mention to the city’s food, highlighting the “parrilla” steakhouses, empanadas, pasta, fainá bread, pastel al barro, choripán sausage sandwiches, the mate infusion, dulce de leche, ice cream, and alfajores, and also mentions Argentina’s most emblematic wines, malbec and torrontés.
Fernando Straface, the city’s general secretary and secretary for international relations said: “Increasingly international tourists seek to experience as city as if they were residents and this opens tourism to new neighbourhoods. This is an international trend and it’s excellent news for all the city’s neighbourhoods because tourism boosts the economy and generates work.”
As part of the initiative to spread tourism to new neighbourhoods, the Buenos Aires city government recently launched an interactive map identifying 500 points of interest across all 48 of the city’s neighbourhoods.
Gonzalo Robredo, president of the Buenos Aires City Tourist Board, said: “This year, Buenos Aires, is going to beat all previous records for international tourist arrivals to the city, and yet the city still has so much more to show. There’s always something new to discover. This can be clearly seen in our gastronomy. No other city brings together such variety and quality in Latin American cuisine in one single place.
In the first half of 2019, 1,465,025 international tourists arrived in the city and 3 million arrivals are forecast by the end of the year, representing a record for Buenos Aires. This boom is being accompanied by an expansion of tourism into less traditional neighbourhoods – according to data from the city’s Tourism Intelligence System, the neighbourhood of Belgrano, for example, is now receiving 30% of the tourists that visit Palermo, a more traditional favourite, while movement in the neighbourhoods of Villa Crespo, Caballito and Chacarita can also be seen.