Buenos Aires or bust

by Oliver Balch ,  guardian.co.uk | 2006-10-24

Oliver Balch charts the irresistible rise of the tango-and-boob-job break in Argentina

Foreign tourists have long felt the pull of Buenos Aires's tango halls and dinosaur-sized steaks. But now a new feature of the so-called Paris of Latin America is drawing international visitors: the surgeon's knife.

Alongside sightseeing trips and dance shows, holidaymakers are finding time to have their breasts augmented or their teeth whitened.  With Argentina expecting 4.1 million foreign visitors this year, worth an estimated £1.9bn to the national economy, tourism is big business.

Tourist numbers have increased year on year by around 10% since 2003, with Argentina proving particularly popular with British visitors. The number of UK tourists is up by more than a quarter (27%) on last year, with an increasing number of Britons coming for plastic surgery.  Read Mode… 

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