With a favourable exchange rate, new food markets opening up and more flights available, Buenos Aires is one to watch – and visit – in 2020
With its many boutiques and markets, the Argentinian capital is an excellent choice for clients who love to shop, with clothes, antiques and art bargains all up for grabs, plus clients can take advantage of 77 pesos to the £1 (compared with only 35 pesos in July 2018).
Gastronomy buffs have two new food markets to tantalise their taste buds with this year. Mercat de Villa Crespo opened last month, with 38 food stalls serving up a variety of dishes, including some suited to vegetarians and coeliacs, and also featuring restaurants, wine shops and a beer garden.
Mercado de los Carruajes will also open later this year in a historical building dating back to the 1900s, selling both Spanish and South American cuisine at its 40 stalls, as well as craft beer, wine, coffee and ice cream.
It’s easier than ever for clients to reach Buenos Aires too, with Virgin Atlantic in talks to launch a new direct route from Heathrow and Norwegian Airlines flying a new low-cost route from Gatwick as of March last year.
“The introduction of low-cost carriers has seen a significant increase in visitor traffic, with a 12.6% year-on-year increase in UK arrivals between January and October 2019,” said Gonzalo Robredo, president of the Buenos Aires tourism board, who predicts the uplift will continue in 2020.
When clients are in town, make sure they check out Buenos Aires’ street art featuring work from international and local artists. Clients can see the longest mural in the world painted by a single artist, El Regreso de Quinquela, in the Barracas district.
This year, the city will host the Lollapalooza Argentina music festival in March, the BAFICI international film festival in April and Buenos Aires Book Fair (the largest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world) throughout May.
With such a variety of experiences for culture vultures, art buffs and foodies to enjoy, there are myriad reasons for clients to pay a visit to the city this year.
Climate: Buenos Aires has a subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are cool with mild temperatures during the day and chilly nights.
Currency: Argentine peso.
Visas: UK visitors can stay for 90 days as a tourist without a visa.