The Argentine delegation was headed by representatives of the head office in Buenos Aires, and was supplemented by invited guests from the major travel agents in the nation.
The delegation was at The Hilton Hotel, Dublin 2 on Thursday November 10, as part of a trade mission across the UK and Ireland, which also included stops at the World Travel Market in London, and a workshop in Edinburgh.
Argentina has long represented one of the key stops on multi-tour visits of Latin America, with the capital Buenos Aires; wine-producing region Mendoza; one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders Iguazu Falls; and the colonial city of Cordoba - renowned for it’s Baroque colonial architecture, some of the most visited destinations on the continent.
RTÉ Travel's Tadhg Peavoy spoke to members of the delegation to uncover the key tourism events taking place in the nation during 2017.
1 The Grape Harvest Festival, Mendoza (March)
Mendoza is world-famous or it’s viticulture and most especially their production of high-quality Malbec wines. The Grape Harvest Festival in early March is the key travel event of 2017 in the region. Running since 1936 the festival includes a blessing of the grapes for the coming year, and a night parade of the region’s beauty queens on floats throughout the city – a unique St Patrick’s Day-style, wine and beauty pageant.
2 Buenos Aires Tango Festival (August)
The national dance of Argentina is celebrated in the capital in the last month of their spring. The festival offers a combination of performances of the dance – originated along the border of Argentina and Uruguay in the 1880s – by its best-known practitioners, and chances aplenty for festival-goers to give it a try themselves. The event has 2,000 performers and 500,000 attendees.
3 Buenos Aires Jazz Festival (November)
Argentina’s equivalent of the Cork Jazz Festival. Held in November in the capital, the festival’s aim is to bring together the best artists in Latin American jazz, and also to attract jazz musicians who have never performed on the continent. The festival’s unique selling point is that they bring Latin American and international performers together to play collaboration concerts that can be seen nowhere else.