Argentina's skiing resort city of Bariloche, at the foot of the Andes mountains, has been declared the first official tourist centre for the World Cup soccer championship to be played in Argentina next year.
Argentina's skiing resort city of Bariloche, at the foot of the Andes mountains, has been declared the first official tourist centre for the World Cup soccer championship to be played in Argentina next year. The president of the World Cup '78 organising committee, General Antonio Luis Merlo, made the announcement at the beginning of the skiing season.
SYNOPSIS: World Cup committee officials, have decided to include Bariloche as a free extra in the package deal offered to foreign soccer fans all over the world. They'll be travelling to Argentina to watch the World Cup matches next winter. The idea is to show the world what Argentina has to offer -- and to invite as many people as possible into every part of Argentina when the World Cup is held.
Bariloche is set by a lake. It's surrounded by spectacular scenery, and it's one of Argentina's most popular holiday resorts. The opening of the ski season is always a big event -- guaranteed to create a carnival atmosphere.
Bariloche has 50-thousand inhabitants. Its summer and winter seasons have now practically merged together, and 21-thousand beds are available to accommodate ski enthusiasts and other tourists. San Carlos de Bariloche was founded in 1903. Its first settle?? were Argentine and European pioneers who were attracted by the beauty of the region. In those days, Bariloche depended almost entirely on cattle raising and agriculture. Now, it relies heavily on tourism.
The ski courses there offer world-class facilities, and they've been recognised by the International Ski Federation (FIS).
The nearest World Cup venue to Bariloche is Mendoza -- 600 miles (50 km) away -- it's going to mean a lot of extra travelling for the soccer fans, but World Cup officials say the scenery and facilities there will make it all worthwhile.