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Recession hits Argentina's tango industry

August 20, 2009 |  2:02 pm

Tango, Argentina's seductive, complex dance, isn't going to be able to hot-step its way through the financial crisis and the H1N1 flu outbreak. The country's tango industry has been badly hit by a drop in tourists put off by swine flu and the global recession, according to this report by the BBC:

"At the moment we are seeing a fall of around 70% in the number of people coming to see the shows," says Luis Veiga, president of Argentina's chamber of tango venues.

Some tango shows have been forced to close temporarily, and some might now have to close down altogether if things don't improve, he adds.

Read the rest of that report here.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City