Stick & Beach Ball: Polo Tourism On The Rise

Patrick Archer argentina polo, buenos aires events, lifestyle, tourism

Polo continues to gain mass appeal thanks to high profile events like London’s Polo in the Park or last month’s Polo World Cup on South Beach. The annual events, which both feature teams and sponsors from Argentina, is a prime example of how the Sport of Kings can be a key driver of tourism across classes, cultures and nationalities. The …

Exchange Rate, Foreign Investors Boosting Argentina Luxury Hotel Sector

Patrick Archer foreign investment, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, tourism, us companies

While new hotel construction slowed in Argentina in 2008-09, the sector is starting to come back to life thanks to a more favorable peso/dollar exchange rate and the determination of international investor groups, according to Ellen Hoffman of Hotel News Now (HNN). The current 3.8 peso/dollar exchange rate, about 20% higher than two years ago, has helped New York-based developers …

Verdissimo: Green Hotels Coming to Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer foreign investment, hotels & casinos, real estate, tourism

While yesterday’s post focused on a stalled Puerto Madero transaction, today we look at one that is already beyond the drawing board and poised to raise the bar of corporate sustainability in the Buenos Aires lodging arena. Scheduled to open in 2011, the Hotel Own Puerto Madero promises to be the first hotel in Argentina built to the U.S. Green …

Holy Tourism!: The Buquebus Takes Flight

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, buenos aires events, competitiveness, foreign investment, tourism, uruguay, us companies

With Holy Week underway, many Argentines are preparing for one last family vacation on the beaches of Uruguay. On the receiving end of the tourist influx and revenue from Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay designates this week as Tourism Week. Seizing the moment and simultaneously injecting some needed competition in the short-haul arena, Buquebus is launching direct air service from Buenos …

Carpe Pasaporte: Living the Dream in Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

While some of our home countries are drowning in debt, others lack optimism regarding job prospects and the economic outlook. It’s times like this when many begin to re-prioritize and ponder quality of life, a common narrative thread here on InvestBA. Whether it’s the annual International Living ranking or a wine expert lauding the “wonderfulness” of BA, or a foreign investor branding …