Buenos Aires, Argentina: Luis Sanchez, 62, Car Salesman: At the present time, I believe that tourism is very important for people that want to come and visit our country, because the dollar has become very expensive (for us), but it is very cheap for visitors to Argentina. Visiting spectacular places, as we experience all climates, we have a modern city like Buenos Aires, and places like Puerto Madero, which do not fall short of the best cities in Europe. I think if the government implements a good policy to encourage foreign tourism, now is the ideal time. Despite the economic crisis, this would benefit a large segment of our population.
Overall tourism supports local economies and can improve urbanization, although in some areas tourism can at times work against some local processes, and can increase local expenses. This is what Epoch Times reporters from areas such as Argentina to Brazil discovered when they asked locals, “Has tourism benefited the local people in your country?”
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