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Buenos Aires - Business Tips


Buenos Aires Local ecnomy

Buenos Aires is the financial, industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of Argentina. The country’s chief port is one of the busiest in South America, and the Río de la Plata connects the port to northeast Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil. It therefore serves as the distribution hub for a vast area of the southeastern section of South America. As Argentina depends heavily on the production and export of agricultural commodities, the port plays a major part in the economy. Many multi-national companies have set up their headquarters in Puerto Madero where they have built impressive skyscrapers.

Buenos Aires has a varied economy; the services sector is diversified and well developed. Advertising, manufacturing and shipping play prominent roles in the city’s economy.

To the west of Buenos Aires is the Pampa Húmeda, the most productive agricultural region of Argentina producing wheat, soybeans and corn (as opposed to the dry southern Pampa mostly used for cattle farming and more recently the production of wine).

Meat, dairy, grain, tobacco, wool and leather products are processed or manufactured in the Buenos Aires metro area. Brazil is Argentina’s main trading partner.

Other leading industries are automobile manufacturing, oil refining, metalworking, machine building and the production of textiles, chemicals, clothing and beverages, not forgetting tourism.

With the world coming out of a recession and rains ending a prolonged drought in Argentina, the recovery in agricultural output is expected to rise from 61 million tonnes in 2009 to 83 million tonnes in 2010.


Buenos Aires Business Etiquette

Buenos Aires Dress Code
Business people are expected to dress smartly, suits being standard. Men should wear dark suits with ties. Women should wear either dark business suits, dresses or skirts with a white blouses. Both sexes should have good quality accessories. Argentinians tend to get dressed up when going out to restaurants. Also, many of the more expensive establishments have dress codes.

Greeting Someone in Buenos Aires
The handshake is very much the custom in Argentina, and you should expect to shake hands whenever you meet someone. Business cards are commonly presented when meeting people. When handing out cards, ensure the Spanish side faces the recipient. Have printed material in Spanish and English, including any notes.

Titles are very important especially among the elderly. A Ph.D or a physician is called Doctor, teachers are Professor, engineers Ingeniero, architects Arquitecto and lawyers Abogado. Those without professional titles are Senor (Mr), Senora (Mrs) or Senorita (Miss).

Buenos Aires Business Hours and Banking
Normal business hours are 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday, and a siesta doesn't usually feature in Buenos Aires' working day. In general, conducting business is similar to any large European city, with business deals often negotiated over lunch. Punctuality is important although you might be kept waiting by your Argentine associates.

Buenos Aires Smoking
In Buenos Aires, smoking is restricted in sports arenas, theatres and near food-processing areas. Smoking is also prohibited on public transport including buses, taxis and subways.


Buenos Aires General Meeting Etiquette

Business Meetings
Small talk often takes place before a formal meeting. (Do not mention the Perón years, religion or the Falklands War!). Safe topics are soccer, history, culture, home and children. Argentines are tough negotiators and contracts are long and detailed.

Several meetings will take place to discuss and exchange ideas, not to make decisions. It’s a slow process because business is bureaucratic. Be patient. Decisions are made at the top so try to meet with high-level executives. Guests at a meeting are greeted and escorted to their chairs with the visiting senior executive being placed opposite his Argentine counterpart.

Business Dinners
Business dinners are popular and usually held in a restaurant. Keep your hands on the table but never your elbows! If entertained in an Argentine home, a bottle of Scotch or French champagne is appreciated by the host as there are high taxes on imported liquor. Arrive anything up to 45 minutes later than invited as arriving on time is not general practice. Always wait until the host is seated before sitting down and do not begin eating until your hostess invites you to. Leave a little food on your plate and place your knife and fork across the plate, prongs facing down, handles facing to the right, to indicate you have finished eating.

Avoid pouring wine as it is a ritual too complex for a foreigner, and wait for a toast to be made before sipping your drink. Telephone your hosts the next day to thank them for their hospitality and send flowers, (favourites are Birds-of-Paradise) to the hostess.





Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina

InterContinental

InterContinental

809 Moreno, 1070 Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, C1091AAQ, Argentina

Planning a visit to Buenos Aires - stay at the InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel, located in the heart of the gaslight district of the Old Town, amid the Buenos Aires sprawling mix of the old and the new. Buenos Aires is a city whose identity lies in...




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Holiday Inn Express Puerto Madero, Argentina

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Madero, Argentina

Avenida Leandro N. Alem 770,Puerto Madero,BUENOS AIRES,ARGENTINA

Full Business centre - open 24 hours Holiday Inn Express - Puerto Madero offers 3 Meeting Rooms (different sizes). With excellent acoustics, very comfortable meeting rooms with capacity up to 40 people. Fully-equipped and available at economic prices. Please...




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Claridge Hotel

Claridge Hotel

Tucumn 535 Buenos Aires Argentina

Prestige, elegance, distinction and, above all, culture, define the iconic Eurostars Claridge. So much is this true that when you cross the threshold of the Eurostars Claridge and enter its emblematic lobby, you cannot be sure if you are in a Buenos Aires hotel or in a select, English gentlemen's club of long-standing tradition.




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Four Seasons

Four Seasons

Posadas 1086 88, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hotel Description: The La Mansion of the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is a restored early 20th century French style mansion Adjacent to the main building and across a manicured garden. The main building was built in 1992. The hotel has one...




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Hilton

Hilton

351 Macacha Guemes, Buenos Aires, C1106 AKA, Argentina

Choose the Hilton Buenos Aires hotel for the largest congress facilities in the city and a lively harborside Puerto Madero location. Dine on Argentine cuisine at contemporary El Faro restaurant, work out at the Health Club and unwind in the outdoor pool. The hotel is... more
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Meli Recoleta Plaza Boutique Hotel

Meli Recoleta Plaza Boutique Hotel

1557 Calle Posadas, Buenos Aires, 1112ADA, Argentina

The beautiful Meli Buenos Aires Boutique Hotel is conveniently located in the modern Catalinas area, only a stone's throw away from the famous Florida Street and the Plaza San Martin. The hotel is also within close proximity to several popular attractions such as... more
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Park Elegance Unique Hotel (formerly Kempinski)

Park Elegance Unique Hotel (formerly Kempinski)

Av. Pueyrredn 1940 C1119ACP Buenos Aires Argentina

The Park Elegance Unique Hotel Buenos Aires is an ideal boutique hotel to stay at when travelling to the city of Buenos Aires. This Buenos Aires Hotel is conveniently located close to all major Buenos Aires attractions and business locations. In addition, the... more
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Sofitel Buenos Aires

Sofitel Buenos Aires

841-849 Arroyo, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, C1007AAB, Argentina

Beautiful Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel is located in the historic Art Deco building of the 1920s. Situated close to the commercial district of Retiro and renovated recently improving on quality and comfort, Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel is the ideal hotel in... more
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Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires

Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires

1005 Florida, Buenos Aires, C1005AAU, Argentina

Hotel Description: The Marriott Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires offers the latest in international five-star lodging standards. Located on the Plaza San Martin in the business and banking district of the city, the Plaza Hotel was designed along European... more
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Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires

Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires

Moreno 376,San Telmo,Buenos Aires ,Argentina ,

A well thought out fusion of daredevil design and commitment to modern comfort, Moreno captures the need of the global nomad: decidedly stylish, smart luxury, hip and entertaining combined with attentive service. more
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NH City

NH City

Bolivar, 160, C1066 Buenos Aires,

DescriptionLocationThe NH City Hotel is in the heart of the citys tourist, shopping and financial area. The hotel is conveniently located close to the Manzanas de las Luces and the citys landmark buildings: the Government House, City Hall,... more
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NH Crillon

NH Crillon

Avda. Santa Fe 796, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Situation The NH Crillon Hotel is in the heart of the citys tourist, shopping and financial area. The hotel is conveniently located close to the Manzanas de las Luces and the citys landmark buildings: the Government House, City Hall, the Cathedral and... more
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Park Chateau Unique Hotel

Park Chateau Unique Hotel

1253 Talcahuano, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, C1024AAT, Argentina

Kempinski Hotels & Resorts offer a wide variety of elegant and exclusive venues for meetings, conferences, incentives, presentations and private functions. We make a dedicated commitment to ensure that your function will be a memorable experience and a resounding success.... more
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Hotel Reino del Plata

Hotel Reino del Plata

Hipolito Yrigoyen 647 Buenos Aires Argentina

The Reino del Plata is a charming boutique hotel located in the centre of the Argentine capital, near the majority of the city's most well-known monuments and places of interest. It is an ideal starting point for discovering the magic of this enormous metropolis and the... more
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NH Florida

NH Florida

San Martin, 839, C1004AAQ Buenos Aires,

DescriptionLocationCompletely renovated, this hotel is next to Florida and Cordoba streets and a few metres from the famous Galerias Pacifico.ServicesRestaurant, cocktail bar, caf bar, business centre, facilities for... more
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NH Jousten

NH Jousten

Avda. Corrientes, 280, C1043AAP Buenos Aires,

DescriptionLocationAn unbeatable location right in the citys historic and shopping district. Next to the Central Post Office, the Plaza de Mayor, the Obelisk, the Colon Theatre, the Retiro railway station and the metro. The NH Jousten is only... more
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NH Latino

NH Latino

Suipacha, 309, C1008AAG Buenos Aires,

LocationThis newly built hotel in the heart of the financial district is just a short walk from Calle Florida and the best shopping malls.ServicesRestaurant, Caf bar, 1 Function room (from 10 to 50 people), Business centre, Facilities... more
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Howard Johnson Express Inn Belgrano Buenos Aires Ag

Howard Johnson Express Inn Belgrano Buenos Aires Ag

Vuelta De Obligado 2727, Monroe Ave / Vuelta De Obligado, Buenos Aires, 1428

Iron Cable TV Crib Refrigerator Restaurant On Request Continental Breakfast Interior Corridors Elevator Exercise Facility Seven Floors Lounge Microwave Modem... more
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Howard Johnson Hotel - Buenos Aires

Howard Johnson Hotel - Buenos Aires

Tucuman 857, Buenos Aires, C1049 AAQ

AM/FM Alarm Clock Bar/Lounge Business Center Coffee Maker in Room Concierge 24 hour Front Desk Free Parking Hairdryer in Room Mini Bar Modem Lines in Room Meeting/Banquet Facilities... more
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Howard Johnson Hotel - Buenos Aires

Howard Johnson Hotel - Buenos Aires

2241 Bartolome Mitre Street, Buenos Aires, 1039

President's Quality Excellence AwardFree American Buffet BreakfastSolariumExercise RoomIn-room coffee makerIn-room hairdryersBar and snack bar on-siteFinancial district and Shipping Port 1 mileRestaurant... more
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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel

Florida # 944, Buenos Aires, 1005

The Howard Johnson Plaza Florida is located along the dynamic and attractive Florida pedestrian street, near beautiful Plaza St. Martin. Just 35 minutes from Ministro Pistarini (International) Airport and ten minutes away from Jorge Newbery (Domestic) Airport.... more
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Ibis Buenos Aires

Ibis Buenos Aires

Hipolito Yrigoyen 1592, Capital Federal, 0 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hotel Introduction147 rooms. Located 5 minutes from The Obelisco and 9 de Julio Avenida, close to Buenos Aires city centre and National Congress. 25 min by car to airport. The hotel offers a restaurant La Table, a bar and meeting rooms. AccommodationNumber... more
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