Argentina is traditionally well known for its delicious beef, passionate Tango, awarded waterfalls, and the most incredible glaciers in South America. But it is also a perfect spot for incentive trips, conventions, congresses or sporting events all over its six contrasting regions.
Each region is constantly expanding its facilities and services for the meetings industry, with recent news of new exhibition centres and Convention Bureaux. So, which region do you fancy?
This is the political, financial and cultural centre of Argentina, surrounded by the vastness of the wet Pampa. As the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is developing a brand new Convention and Exhibition Center located in the aristocratic neighbourhood of Recoleta. Annually, the Province of Buenos Aires hosts a vast number of events and conferences.
Located in the heart of the country, Córdoba is one of the primary financial regions of Argentina that combines plains, hill ranges, dams and streams. Preserving most of Argentina’s valuable Colonial heritage, the region is an important business hub. With a renewed city centre, the city of Córdoba has become the second international meetings destination in the country.
The major wine producing region in South America has recently formed a new Convention Bureau in the city of San Juan and a brand new Convention Centre for 1,000 delegates has been launched in the city of San Rafael, in the province of Mendoza.
In 2014, the region hosted the 37th World Congress of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, The Great Wine Capitals Annual Meeting, the 4th International Paleontological Congress and the 13th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology, among many others.
Nature features heavily in this stunning region with waterfalls, rivers, lakes, hot springs and the subtropical rainforest. The city of Puerto Iguazu is a changing city, developing new entertainment facilities and meetings infrastructure, just a few minutes away from the Iguazú Waterfalls and National Park.
As the port city of Rosario offers a combination of natural and urban features, it will be hosting the 14th World Congress on Oils and Fats this year and the neighbouring city of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz will present the Estación Belgrano in an iconic venue and historical site featuring an indoor area suitable for exhibitions, with nine halls for congresses and conventions.
Santiago del Estero and Las Termas de Rio Hondo found in this traditional region of Argentina have been experiencing vast developments in terms of meetings infrastructure. The FORUM Convention Center, located in the old emblematic train station of Santiago del Estero, has a 2,500 square metre indoor area, and a seating capacity of 1,400 delegates which the region hopes will bring a number of meetings and events to the city over the next few years.
They have also established a Convention Bureau for the city and another brand new infrastructure in the region, the Circuito Las Termas de Río Hondo Racetracks, suitable for international car racing competitions such as MotoGP 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Patagonia is home to cities like El Calafate, known as the “Glaciers National Capital”, where in 2013 launched a hotel with a convention center for 600 delegates; the city of Ushuaia, the Southernmost city of the world, that will host Interski this year, the most technical congress in the world on skiing and snowboarding; the city of San Carlos de Bariloche; and Villa La Angostura.