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Buenos Aires, Argentina Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 311
Total Sleeping Rooms 20,964
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 742
Committable Meeting Rooms* 39
Convention Center Space 422,510 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,000,000 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 107,000 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate ARS $6,171
Average Daily Meal Cost ARS $3,379
Average Weekly Car Rental ARS $6,556
*Maximum for a single hotel

Buenos Aires, Argentina Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's MICE Guide to Buenos Aires, a city guide for MICE professionals. The capital and largest city of Argentina, Buenos Aires prides itself on being a sophisticated city – so much so that it still wears with honor its nickname, "the Paris of South America." It is one of South America's most characteristic, colorful destinations – tango music and dance; a manic celebration of all things futbol; concerts at the renovated but still magnificent Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires has, in fact, more theaters per square mile than any city on the planet) on Avenida 9 Julio (incidentally, the widest street on the planet); and its noticeably different barrios such as working-class and colourful Boca; trendy Palermo; low-key, interesting, innovative, hip San Telmo and grand, architecturally magnificent and neighboring Retiro and Recoleta.

Landmarks include the Obelisco de Buenos Aires, a 222-foot-high obelisk that is on the Plaza de la Republica and commemorates the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1936; ornate Congressional Palace, where the Argentine parliament sits at one end of the Avenida de Mayo; the brightly painted houses arching along Caminito street in Boca; the very nearby La Casa Rosada, or Pink House, the president's official office; But many love Buenos Aires for its street life – the sounds of tango, the bustle of its markets and the smells of its cuisine and roasted meats, known as asado.

The central business district of Buenos Aires is adjacent to Retiro, in an area that is known as El Centro, is unofficially known as Microcento and is technically called San Nicolas. Being the capital of a vast nation, Buenos Aires is the main commercial and government hub, and the area is full of banks, and close by is a large port that sits on more than 500 acres of reclaimed land. Finance makes up approximately 80 percent of Buenos Aires' economy. Buenos Aires is the main distribution hub for a huge chunk of South America, including Uruguay and Southern Brazil.

Buenos Aires is served by the Ezeiza International Airport, which is also known as the Ministro Pistarini Airport. Located just 13 miles outside of the city, Ezeiza International is connected to Buenos Aires by the General Ricchieri Expressway. The airport offers a number of ground transportation options for Buenos Aires travelers.

Buenos Aires meeting venues include the 742-room Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center has room for up to 1,800 persons. Elsewhere, Centro Costa Salguero, with six halls and five salons, has a maximum capacity of 5,000 persons for conventions, 3,200 for receptions and 1,800 for banquets; and La Rural has an auditorium, four lounges and four pavilions - of which the largest, Yellow (or Pabellon Amarillo), measures more than 9,290 square meters.

With a population of close to three million (its metropolitan area has more than 12 million) people, known as portenos, or "people of the port," speak Spanish with a decided accent, its ll sound pronounced with a "sh" sound, not with the more common "yay" sound.

About Buenos Aires, Argentina / Additional Info

The city was founded in 1536 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza and given the lengthy name of Ciudad de Nuestra Senora Santa Maria del Buen Aire, that is, Our Lady Saint Mary of the Good Air. After several centuries of ups and downs, demands for independence culminated in the Argentine War of Independence, with Argentina claiming independence in 1816.

In the early 20th century it was one of the world's playgrounds for the rich, but thanks to the Broadway hit Evita, more people today are familiar with President Juan Domingo Peron and his populist wife, Eva Peron, who received the bulk of their support from los descamisados, or "the shirtless ones." (Some still regard her as a saint.)

Today, with tango put on due to portenos' love for it and tourists' interest, Buenos Aires flourishes with tourism and culture. It can seem in some areas – San Telmo, especially – that Buenos Aires is one long festival. Listen out for the accordion-like sound of the tango's principal instrument, the bandoleon. One great tango orchestra of young persons that plays regularly in their own cafe-hall is La Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro. In August is held the official Buenos Aires Tango Festival, a nine-day party with multiple venues but centred on the Avenida Corrientes, which is during the festival is closed to traffic.

That other Argentine specialty of polo, although for many far less accessible than is tango, is celebrated in the latter part of the year at the Campo Argentino de Polo, which has more than 15,000 seats. Buenos Aires also holds a carnaval, but one far smaller than the one in Rio de Janeiro. Its highlight is a parade along the central Avenida de Mayo.

Other annual festivals include April's International Festival of Independent Cinema, which last for 10 days; Wine and Winemakers' Festival (Feria de Vinos y Bodegas) in September, and biennial Festival Internacional de Teatro Buenos Aires that, also in September, attracts more than 75,000 people.

The two biggest national holidays in Buenos Aires, and the rest of Argentina, are Revolution Day on 25 May and Independence Day on 9 July, hence the name of Buenos Aires' two most famous avenues.

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