Uruguay is concerned about Argentinian politics on traveling abroad
Uruguay, September 1, 2012
Liliam Kechichián, Uruguay Tourism Minister, described the surcharge of 15% for foreign purchases with a credit card ruled by the Argentine government as “a measure of disincentive” to tourism in other countries.
“We are concerned but we are analyzing it calmly,” said the official to Radio Mitre, and added “we have a high fidelity to the Uruguayan tourist destination. Additionally, many Argentines own houses in Punta del Este”.
“We appeal undoubtedly to the link of the brotherly countries and the fact that we work hard for tourists to feel comfortable at home” she told the media.
For his part, Francisco Bistiancic, president of the Real Estate Chamber of Maldonado said “the AFIP is at war with Punta del Este” and added “we have an uncertain future”.
It should be noted that tourism accounts for seven percent of gross domestic product (GDP) of Uruguay and Punta del Este is the main destination for visitors, most of them Argentines.