a diverse collection of travel photos and firsthand experiences while venturing across the globe. each destination has welcomed us with open arms and warm smiles, making us feel right at home. from argentina to utah - and thousands of miles in between - these are our visual memories of 'home'...just as we never imagined.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

News: Travel + Leisure + Taxes

Once again, Argentina graces the pages of Travel + Leisure magazine (Feb 2010 issue). Amidst a luxurious list of 30 Romantic Dream Trips, Buenos Aires is featured with its "French-colonial buildings" that populate the "posh Recoleta neighborhood". In fact, the new Algodon Mansion has just opened its doors to world travelers seeking wine-inspired spa treatments and rooftop tango lessons at sunset. Romantic indeed.

Just one month prior (Jan 2010 issue), T+L released its list of the World's 500 Best Hotels. To no surprise, 8 of Argentina's most distinguished properties were featured. Our personal pick in Buenos Aires would have to be the luxurious Alvear Palace. As for Patagonia, Llao Llao Resort continues to be the landmark gem in Bariloche. These deluxe 5-star properties range from $250 to more than $1000 per night.

As for the negative news, Argentina now requires a $131 tourism tax for all American travelers arriving into Buenos Aires through Ezeiza International Airport. Following months of government discussion - and debate - this tax went into effect on December 20th, 2009. The tax (termed a "reciprocity fee") is equal to the visa processing fee Argentines have paid since 2002 before traveling to the United States. It seems fair...but is it the right time considering the global economic situation? Time will tell.

On a lighter note, there's a little something on the eastern side of the Andes that makes the tourism tax a little easier to handle. So...sit back, relax, and let Imagine Argentina Travel handle all the details.


Anonymous said...

Did you ever stay at the Alvear? My friend treated me to coffee there one afternoon, and I was terrified that the staff would throw me out for looking too pedestrian!

Ruca Malen tasting lunches rock!

Sherri said...

I'm in love! I want to go back so bad. There is so much I didn't see. Next time I'll talk to you first to get all the inside information.