Heading to Argentina on business? Know These Top Twelve Tourism Industry Leaders

Gustavo Santos: Current Minister of Tourism. He graduated in Arts at the National University of Cordoba, completing his graduate studies in foreign universities in relation to governance and tourism, since December 2007. He serves as President of the Cordoba Tourism Agency, is Member of the Board of INPROTUR (The National Institute for Tourism Promotion), Secretary General of the Federal Council of Tourism and Member of the Scientific Committee of the WTO.

Enrique Meyer: Former Minister of Tourism, held the first public office as Undersecretary of Tourism of the Province of Santa Cruz in 1991. He was Secretary of Tourism of Argentina, in 2003 and under his leadership the Secretariat rose to Ministry in 2010, assuming as proprietor. Prior to the civil service had worked in travel agencies and operators as Calcos and Eves, among others, having spent virtually all the tourist chain.

Roberto Souviron: The founder and CEO of Despegar.com. Before founding the company in 1999, he worked as a business consultant and now heads up various technology ventures aiming to replicate Despegar’s successes in the travel space.

Juan Pablo Lafosse: Juan Pablo was the creator of Asatej and extended the youth travel brand to Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Spain and the United States. After selling the company in 2002 he moved into hotel development when in 2009 he was called by Mariano Recalde and Axel Kicillof, where he spent a stint with Aerolineas Argentinas. In October 2014, he returned as CEO of Asatej, now rebranded as Almundo.com which was bought by Spanish investors.

Oscar Ghezzi: Current President of the Argentina Chamber of Tourism (CAT). 36 years old, Oscar Ghezzi occupies important positions in corporate leadership in hotel, gastronomy and tourism. He currently sits as the president of CAT until 2017.

Fabrizio Di Giambattista: Trained as an accountant, Fabrizio is the president of the Argentina Federation of Association of Travel and Tourism (FAEVYT). He has extensive experience in the tourism sector currently working as Vice President of Columbia Travel SA. Among his duties and functions Fabrizio has had various roles. He sat as Treasurer and President of the AVIABUE (Association of Travel and Tourism Buenos Aires); he was on the legal and tax Subcommittee with AVIABUE air transport. Treasurer of the CAT (Argentina Chamber of Tourism) and Member of the APJC JEC (Joint Executive Council) of IATA

Isela Costantini: Isela has a degree in Communication and began her career at General Motors in Brazil in 1998. In 2002 he was transferred to Texas, Brazil and in 2004 joined the area of arket Research in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Between 2010 and 2012 he served as Regional Director of Posventa in South America and then was Chairman and CEO of General Motors Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, becoming the first woman to hold that post. Considered one of the most influential business women in the region, she is a prime candidate to assume the presidency of Aerolineas Argentinas.

Diego Garcia: He began his career in Interamericas, then was sales manager at Airlines Cups in Continental Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas, he spent nearly two years at Amadeus and as General Manager of Almundo.com.

Juan Carlos Lopez Mena: Founder and president of Buquebus, the river transport company operating between Argentina and Uruguay. He started his business in the textile industry, his love of sailing and early business vision led him to create the shipping company which has grown steadily since its inception. In 2009 he doubled the bet locally investing $ 20 million in expansion and remodeling works at the terminal of Puerto Madero. A year later Buquebus shares began trading on the Buenos Aires and Montevideo stock exchange.

Martin Amengual: A civil engineer by trade, Martin began working in construction and public project, private work, third, real estate developments and then undertook familial hospitality chain from a qualitative view, becoming one of the first in the country, beginning with the Amerian Córdoba Park.

Alberto Albamonte: Alberto was UCD deputy in the 80s and 90s. He began working with Eduardo Eurnekian, as director of Multimedios America and in 1997 bought out the Howard Johnson license for the country. Opening his first hotel in 1999, the chain has not stopped growing; today Alberto has 32 locations and is a technical advisor for Wyndham Group in Argentina.

Patricio Fuks: Trained in economics, Patricio began actively working in the hotel business with his father. He later founded his own advertising agency. In 2002 along with two classmates he rented the Bison Hotel, which reopened a month later as the Dazzler. Here he began his new career in the hotel business. In 2004 he founded the Fën Hotels Group, one of the fastest growing chains in Argentina and the region.