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Port Changes Point To New Day In Buenos Aires

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Gabe Zaldivar | July 11, 2016

Port Changes Point To New Day In Buenos Aires

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Officials have grown weary of seeing business opportunities and tourism leave the Buenos Aires port and are dedicating the future to reestablishing its infrastructure to spark some measure of growth.

According to a MercoPress report, new measures are to be put in place that will hopefully stave off what is an alarming decrease in port activity at the Argentine capital.

The publication spoke with Argentine Ports' General Administration head, Gonzalo Mortola, about the various developments of which he is optimistic will jump start vital activity.

Mortola stated, “We are determined that this project will help us recover the 50 percent of business lost in recent years, by improving competitiveness of the Buenos Aires port and we are already implementing other promotion measures (related to) expanding both ends of the cruise season from November to April.”

As intimated, the numbers are indeed bleak for a sluggish market. According to the report, calls have gone from 161 to 102 in the short term between 2012-2013 to 2015-2016. And it doesn’t get much better in the near future.

Buenos Aires, a major hub of tourist activity in the region and a promising destination place amounted to just 81 calls for the next season, according to MercoPress.

As is plainly evident, activity is dwindling to alarming levels. So Mortola and his staff are doing what they can to breathe new life into the area before it flat lines into oblivion.

Chief among the infrastructure rebuild is a new terminal for cruise chips, an establishment of transparent rules for companies to abide by and a drastically discounted rate for incoming ships.

The latter means an over 60 percent discount on current rates into port. The report reads: “Among those measures is the decision to lower the high season rate from US$42 to US$14, and to US$7 in low season.”

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The discount isn’t the only reduction, because the report also establishes an overhaul to shipping and cruise restrictions. Now cruise vessels will comply with those regulations normally reserved to international flights.

In a sense, Mortola is hoping to make the port far more shipping friendly, which should in turn entice business that has quickly been squandered over the last half decade.

The hope is the immediate change leads to an infusion of interest that takes place just as quickly. We should know in the next year or two if the alterations are truly the answer for which Buenos Aires has been searching.

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