INCENTIVE DESTINATION: ARGENTINA | Tango anyone?

Updated: Apr 28

So, you're tasked to find a destination for your Companies next incentive programme. You are probably already working with an Incentive Agency, who has worldwide resources for some of the most trusted DMC’s (Destination Management Company). If not, we highly recommend you talk with a representative here in Australia, to understand the benefits of having local knowledge and access to venues and experiences, you would never be able to find. See our blog post about working with a DMC.


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There is more to Buenos Aires than first meets the eye. It’s European in style and design – think Paris and Barcelona rolled into one. The food is amazing, especially if you love meat – they have some of the best beef I have eaten in a long time. Established tree lined streets with open spaces and beautiful weather… well, most of the time.


I set off to explore Buenos Aires for a couple of days after an amazing cruise to Antarctica (more about that in another blog). Not only did it break up the long journey home, it gave me time to acclimatise from the cold fresh air of Antarctica and prepare for the warm welcome home back in Australia, I was going to receive with temperatures in the high 30’s and low 40’s.


I fly into AEP, BA’s Aeropark Jorge Newbry Airport which is located 10 klm from downtown, not to be confused with EZE, Ezeira Airport which is a good 60 – 75 min from downtown. My driver meets me at baggage claim and before I know, I am in thick city traffic, being whisked away to my hotel, (I was on a domestic flight, not coming into Argentina on an International Flight). Efficiency with baggage collection and moving through the airport was extraordinarily good. Traffic can be hectic, but it seemed to move very well and within 20 minutes, I was checked in and heading to my room.


As I was combining business and pleasure, I opted to stay at a small boutique hotel, centrally located in Recoletta. It was a perfect location for local restaurants, micro breweries, shopping malls and the Cemetery. Don’t turn your noise up at being close to the cemetery – we actually overlooked it, while quiet and fascinating at the same time. I found myself, on the balcony admiring the crypts, the craftsmanship and the history of this special place.


The 5* Hotels are welcoming of high end groups, from Four Seasons to Park Hyatt and the boutique art inspired, Faema Hotel.


Exploring areas of La Boca and understanding the football culture, where every house and building is painted in the colours of their team – blue and yellow, to the newly developed area of Puero Madero, where you can spend a day roaming from one bar, restaurant and café to another. Sipping coffee and eating croissants at Birkin Café in Palermo watching locals go about their day, to visiting the Evita Museum which was beautifully presented in her old home.


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Tango was high on the list of must do’s, and was certainly the highlight. Catering for an intimate 30 guests only, our pre show dinner consisted of a delicious 3 course meal with Argentinian wines, which was remarkable – our expectations were low for these types of dinner and show packages, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The show was outstanding and being so close feeling the brush of skirts and the heat from the dancers was electric. I was captivated for the full show and nearly as exhausted as the dancers, by the end.


Incentive groups can spend time away from the city, trying their hand at polo either learning to play or just stomping the divots with a cold glass of something in your hand. Ranches are plentiful, and spending the day with a Gaucho is a memory in itself. For the small high end group, La Bamba de Areco, surely would be the ultimate location to unwind and soak in the atmosphere. Their 11 exquisite rooms and suites are located on immaculate grounds of this Relais Chateaux property.


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I highly recommend BA be included in your top 10 list of destinations for your companies incentive trips.


Great access from Australia via New Zealand with Air NZ or a quick transfer through Chile, where Latam (see my review) or Qantas fly directly into.


Incentive Destinations https://incentivedestinations.com.au/fwp_project/argentina/is one of our valued partners, and helped plan my trip and provided a guide whilst I was in Argentina. I fully paid for the services of the guide and would not have had the experiences I did without them… Thank you.


Show Plate Productions has worked extensively in the event, travel & hotel industry for over 30 years, so with Rhonda and the team at ID, we will ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime, creating memories that will last forever and building loyalty within your team and customer network.


For a full itinerary that is tailor made for your company’s needs, and showcases your values, please contact us directly for further information. rhonda@showplate.com.au


Referrences:

https://www.fourseasons.com/buenosaires/

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/argentina/palacio-duhau-park-hyatt-buenos-aires/bueph

https://www.faena.com/buenos-aires/

https://www.faena.com/buenos-aires/event/rojo-tango/

http://www.labambadeareco.com/

http://web.museoevita.org.ar/

https://www.facebook.com/birkincafe/

https://www.airnewzealand.com.au/flights-to-buenos-aires

https://www.latam.com/en-au/flights-to-buenos-aires-1


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