In Buenos Aires, Winter Goes Out with a Retail, Tourism Bang

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, foreign investment, tourism

When we look back on 2010 in Argentina from an economic standpoint, the year will be remembered for some key trends that helped lift the country out of the doldrums of 2008/09: consumer confidence, retail spending, housing demand and the record influx of tourists, both domestic (notably BA for the Bicentennial) and international. And while we’re still months away from …

Buenos Aires Outlet Shopping Attracting Bargain-Hunters

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, tourism, vanityba

It used to be that Argentines had to travel roughly 4,500 miles to South Florida or Orlando’s International Drive to indulge in deep discount retail therapy, but it seems the outlet concept has caught on fire in one BA neighborhood. Villa Crespo has long been known as a solid, middle-class residential neighborhood, but the 2001 financial crisis left this BA …

Flush with Reais, Brazilian Tourists Flocking to Buenos Aires

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, culture, tourism

With the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics on the horizon, Brazil has the high-profile task of welcoming the World to its doorstep for, not one, but two major sporting events in the coming decade. But where do Brazilians go when they need a little D&R (Descanso e Relaxmento)? Well judging by the Portuguese-speaking throngs on the slopes …

Investing in Argentina, A Random Purse Snatching & Faith in Santo Emiliano

Patrick Archer foreign investment, tourism, visionaries

William Bonner, author of The New Empire of Debt: The Rise and Fall of an Epic Financial Bubble, tells Daily Reckoning readers why they should diversify out of their home countries and shares a personal anecdote from Recoleta to restore your faith in humanity…or at least in city park workers in Buenos Aires. (Full article) Bonner says “the go-go finance-based …

Frommer’s Guidebook Author “Bowled Over By Buenos Aires”

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, creative class, culture, lifestyle, tourism

“The elevator stammered at 14, but I could already hear the sultry, tinny, 1930s tango music above me, and I ran the final two flights up the rounded patio staircase, the music growing louder with each step. The sun would soon be reaching its golden moment, silhouetting the bronze dome of the Congreso building, three blocks away.” Wow..some writers just …