Global Fashion Brands Targeting South America, Still Avoiding Argentina

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, competitiveness, foreign investment, franchises, lifestyle, real estate, us companies

Four years removed from the mass exodus of Polo Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Escada from the streets of Recoleta, global fashion brands are once again targeting major South American metros with the notable exception of BA. “Foreign Clothing Brands Keep Avoiding Argentina” is the headline of Alfredo Sainz’s excellent piece in La Nacion charting the retail resurgence in neighboring countries and the extended fashion freeze in …

Border Shopping: Argentina, Chile Lure Bargain-Seekers Next Door

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, tourism

Favorable exchange rates and the prospect of snatching up cheaper everything from laptops and lingerie to tablets and toys are prompting hundreds of thousands of Argentines and Uruguayans to make a run for the border with cash and credit cards in hand. Cronista has back-to-back features this week highlighting this Southern Cone shopping trend beginning with the droves of deal-seekers …

Buenos Aires Shopping Centers Approach 100% Occupancy

Patrick Archer lifestyle, real estate, tourism

The only thing harder to find than a parking space in Buenos Aires may soon be retail space. “It’s almost impossible to rent space in a shopping center,” reads the headline in Andres Sanguinetti’s article in today’s Cronista. The piece focuses on retail sales, monthly rents and occupancy levels at some of the largest shopping centers in Buenos Aires, and …

As The Real Turns: Brazil’s Importance Felt Daily In Argentina

Patrick Archer entrepreneurs, foreign investment

Of all of the Latin American countries participating in July’s Copa America, neighboring Brazil will undoubtedly send the most fans. After an opening round match in Buenos Aires against Venezuela on July 3, the Verde-Amarela nation will descend on Cordoba, San Juan and Mendoza. Yet, six weeks before the tournament begins, there are no rumors of a Brazilian invasion, because, …

Buenos Aires Is Brazilians’ Number One Tourist Destination

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, foreign investment, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, tourism

We know for a growing number of Argentines, “BA” stands for Brasil Ahora!, a fact that can be validated on the beaches of Florianopolis and the Foz do Iguazu. But the travel and tourism festival de amor works both ways according to new data from Brazil’s Hotelier News. Argentina’s Tourism Hotel Association (ATHA) says the number of Brazilian tourists in …