In light of the reopening of borders for tourists from neighboring countries, INPROTUR attended the online LGBT Diversity and Tourism International Conference, held from November 17 to 19, which gathered major representatives of this tourism segment in Brazil.
Argentina is the Latin American leader in LGBT Tourism and one of the favorite destinations of this community worldwide. A great deal of these achievements is the result of the joint work that the National Bureau of Tourism Promotion (INPROTUR) and the Argentina Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CCGLAR) have been doing for over 10 years.
Year after year, our country has had a clear growth in this segment, which shows in INPROTUR’s participation in fairs, as well as other types of meetings and events related to this sector.
To confirm Argentina’s prestigious position as a role model of LGBT Tourism in the region, INPROTUR attended the online LGBT Diversity and Tourism International Conference in Brazil, from November 17 to 19.
As INPROTUR’s Executive Secretary Ricardo Sosa pointed out: “This meeting in Brazil has a two-fold significance: on the one hand, because the Brazilian market is key to our inbound tourism and, on the other, because LGBT Tourism has been one of the fastest growing proposals in Argentina in the last decade. We are aware of the world economic phenomenon that this segment represents and that is why we are prepared to remain a major representative in the region and the rest of the world”.
Organized by the LGBT Chamber in Brazil, the meeting gathered the major representatives of this segment in our neighboring country through lectures, inspiring talks and case studies aimed not only at the tourism sector but also to the public and private spheres of many different industries.
For Argentina, it was a great opportunity to announce the reopening of borders for tourists from neighboring countries. In addition, our country introduced the comprehensive work done in favor of hospitality and respect for diversity. In this respect, our country has always been a leader of human rights: in 2010 our country became the first one in Latin America to pass the Egalitarian Marriage Act and, two years later, the Gender Identity Act.
On the other hand, the Argentine presence in Brazil is key for our inbound tourism. In, 2019, the Brazilian market ranked first in arrivals in our country with over 1,4 million visitors. In addition, although 2020 has been a very hard year for world tourism, in January and February Argentina welcomed 295,497 Brazilian travelers, 4.6 per cent more than in the same period in 2019.