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how busy will Punta be for Xmas ..New Year 2012

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how busy will Punta be for Xmas ..New Year 2012

Hi there,

We know Punta well and we are thinking of visiting over Xmas/NY 2012, but we are wondering what effect the Argentine problems will have.

With 15% added to every Argentine ccard and no USD plus the AFIP tax office chasing every Arg property owner in Punta, we are wondering whether we will be in for a quiet time.

Does anyone have any thoughts on NY in Punta this year.



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1. Re: how busy will Punta be for Xmas ..New Year 2012

Hi John,

Uruguayan government is working hard on minimize the impact of Argentine restrictions. We expect a good season anyway.

Here you have a list of tourist benefits established for this season:


1) VAT:

If You pay by credit card and / or debit cards issued abroad, you have a refund of VAT (22%) on tourism services.

This benefit applies to non-resident individuals as from November 15 to March 30, 2013 .

The benefit includes:

a. Food services when rendered by restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes, tea rooms, hotels, motels, apart hotels, etc.

b. Catering services for parties and events performing.

c. Services for parties and events, not included in the preceding paragraph.

d. Leases of vehicles without driver.

2) Rental:

If you pay with credit and debit cards issued abroad, you have a return of 10.5% of the rental of the property.

This benefit applies on rentals for tourism only. Renter should be not resident and subject that the rental is made ​​through a Real Estate registered company. Apply as from November 15 to March 30, 2013 .

3) Tax Free:

Tax free on Carrasco International Airport, Laguna del Sauce Airport, Port of Montevideo, Colonia Harbour, Cruise Arrivals Terminal of Punta del Este and border crossing at Salto - Concordia, Paysandú - Colón and Puerto Unzué - Fray Bentos.

4) A free fueling:

Vehicles with foreign license plates will have the benefit of a free fueling of USD 25.

This benefit will take effect on December 15 until March 30, 2013 . Each tourist can make a single charge. You have to pick up the FUEL vouchers at ABITAB or RED PAGOS network.

5) Discount on ANTEL mobile:

Through ANTEL, tourists will have important benefits in the purchase of mobile and high-speed wireless.

This benefit will take effect on November 5th until March 31, 2013 .

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2. Re: how busy will Punta be for Xmas ..New Year 2012

Three things to keep in mind: 1) The Argentinian coastal resorts are very expensive now, after 30%+ inflation for many years, so Punta doesn't look so expensive to Argentinians. 2) Argentinians always find a way to get to Punta with Dollars; moreover, the Uruguayan govt. measures mentioned in the first post almost completely offset the measures taken by the Argentinian govt., especially when Argentinians use credit cards; if Argentinians can't rent out there houses or apartments in Punta this year, they will use them themselves, so the net effect is zero. 3) Brazilians form an ever larger part of the crowd at New Years. All in all, I expect New Years to be hopping, perhaps as much or more than ever. The rest of the season might suffer a bit, but those who go at New Years are the really monied crowd, from all over South America and elsewhere, and they should show up this year, too.

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