MONTEVIDEO – The high season for summer tourism in Uruguay opened with 6 percent more visitors than in 2014, Deputy Tourism Minister Benjamin Liberoff said, adding that the trend would continue until the end of the season.
The official, who did not provide figures, said the number of Argentines visiting Uruguay increased and there were about 100,000 more Argentine tourists now in the country than at the same time last year.
The lifting of currency restrictions by the new government in Argentina will boost visitor numbers from the neighboring country, Liberoff said.
Hotels and inns along the Uruguayan coast have “a very high number of reservations” for the Jan. 15-20 period, Liberoff said, without providing figures.
In an effort to make Uruguay more appealing for foreign visitors, the government is reimbursing the value added tax on tourism services, such as restaurant meals, shows and car rentals, to non-residents.
In addition, 10.5 percent of the price of rentals in buildings lodging tourists will be reimbursed if the rent is paid with a debit or credit card issued in another country, while some products are being exempted from sales tax.