Direct Flights between Buenos Aires and New York Coming Soon
Beginning this October, United Airlines will begin offering flights that go directly from Buenos Aires to New York and vice versa, altogether bypassing the annoying layovers in Texas.
Due to a significant increase in business travel between the two countries since the arrival of Macri as Argentina´s new president, as well as the removal of the reciprocity fee, travel has increased sixteen percent compared to the year before. As a result, it made more sense to make a direct flight a reality between the two major cities.
Commuting Time to Decrease in Buenos Aires
as Trains to be Elevated
Buenos Aires has plans to eliminate 27 of the city’s 74 street-level train crossings by elevating the train lines. If you were in a bus or car, waiting for these trains to pass used to seem interminable, but now people will be able to pass freely as the barriers will no longer be there.
Projects to elevate street-level crossings on the Mitre, San Martín, and South Belgrano train lines will begin this week with an expected cost of 2.6 million pesos. The goal is to have the project finished by within the next two years.
On average, 30,000 bus riders and 70,000 motorists have to cross over the train tracks everyday (more…)
Possible Patagonia Edition “Asterix and Obelix” Suggested by Writer
“´Asterix in Patagonia´ would be a good title for a new adventure of the famous character”, admitted screenwriter Jean-Yves Ferri during his visit Buenos Aires for the latest edition of Comicópolis, the comic and cartoon festival.
Shortly after releasing “Asterix and the Transitálica”, the third volume that Ferri has written, the author spoke about the original screenwriter of the famous strip, the French René Goscinny, and his Argentine influences.
Goscinny lived in Buenos Aires beginning in the late 1920s when he arrived at two years of age with his family. He then left for New York with his mother in 1945. (more…)
Possible Return Formula One to Argentina
After an absence lasting all of twenty years, Formula 1 could again roar its engines on Argentine soil. Charlie Whiting, Formula One Race Director, said that if some work is done at the Autodrome in Buenos Aires, the top category of the world motorsport could return to the country in 2019.
After the triumph of Lewis Hamilton in the Monza GP, Whiting gave an interview with the channel F1 Latin America, in which he recognized that if the Autodromo Óscar and Juan Gálvez stadium in Buenos Aires is improved, the F1 2019 calendar would have a space for the Argentine GP. (more…)
Buenos Aires Holds Festival Embracing Local Cultural Diversity
Buenos Aires celebrated recently the first “Expo de Colectividades”, a festival which sought to bring together the cultural customs of 40 communities around the world that coexist in the Argentine capital to reflect its diversity and its commitment to “cultural pluralism”.
Organized by the Undersecretariat for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the city, the event was held throughout the weekend in order to “strengthen integration, good coexistence and reflect the cultural diversity of the different communities that are part of porteña identity”, according to an official of the local government. (more…)
Tourism Argentina Continues Rapid Growth
The arrival of foreign tourists to Argentina increased by 4.9% in June of 2017 compared to the same time last year. A whopping 163,200 people entered the country to enjoy vacations in all regions, with Buenos Aires topping the list of favorite destinations.
The records published in the INDEC International Tourism Survey (ETI), prepared jointly with the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur), calculate the movement registered in that month in the international airports of Ezeiza and Jorge Newbery Airport.
Changes Argentinian Currency Set for October
Changes to the Argentinian currency are set for this upcoming October. The most notable of these changes is that the largest denomination of a bill will raise from 500 pesos to 1,000 pesos.
The 1,000 peso bill will contain a design of the horneo bird, Argentina´s national emblem. The decision to include the horneo bird on the note is part of a greater effort by the Macri administration to depoliticize all bank notes by replacing images of political leaders with images of different animals native to Argentina on the bills.
This change will also be reflected in the new 20 peso bill, which will now include a guanaco. (more…)
Renowned Critic Presents List Best Argentine Wines
Renowned British wine critic, Tim Atkin, has recently presented a list of the best wines in Argentina. Atkin is widely regarded as one of the world´s foremost experts in wine, as a recipient of the prestigious Master of Wine title from the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Because of his reputation, the group Wines of Argentine invited him out to Argentina to come up with a list of the top 100 wines produced in the country.
To compile this list, Atkin journeyed throughout Argentine´s wine country a few months back. As a result of these travels, Atkins was able to note several key trends in Argentina´s wine. (more…)
President Argentina Meets Dutch Royalty
The president Argentina, Mauricio Macri, met the Dutch royalty for the first time, after landing in the Netherlands on Saturday. Macri and his wife, First Lady Juliana Awada, passed time with King Willem-Alexander and and Queen Máxima over the weekend.
Macri explored the Wassenaar Forest by bike and he and his wife spent time at the King and Queen´s country estate with the Dutch royal family.
This week, the couple has plans to visit the port of Rotterdam and see a ballet at The Hague theater.
However, the purpose of this visit is not just for leisure (more…)