Saturday 26 September 2015

COLOMBIA: Foreign Arrivals To Colombia Up 12 Percent

Colombia saw the number of foreign visitors to the country increase 12 percent amid on ongoing boom in tourism. According to the country’s Tourism Ministry, more than 1.2 million foreigners traveled to Colombia either by plane or cruise ship in the first half of 2015.

This was a little less than 1.1 million in the same months last year. The growth in tourism was held back by a 16.3 percent drop in visitors boarding Colombia’s Caribbean cities via cruise ships.

Air travel went up with an impressive 18.2 percent compared to the first half of last year. Capital Bogota maintained its position is the primary destination of tourists, receiving 50.7 percent of visitors, slightly less than last year.

Medellin, the country’s second largest city and second largest recipient of foreign travelers, also saw a slight drop. The Caribbean coast and other tourist destinations saw an increase in their share of visitors. People traveling to Colombia for vacation increased 22.3 percent, while those coming to the country for study purposes increased 20 percent mainly due to a government-sponsored program that seeks foreigners to take up voluntary internships as English teachers.

The number of foreigners traveling to Colombia for work dropped 28.8 percent. Since 2006, travel to Colombia has more than doubled amid improved security indicators and extensive promotional campaigns. Last year, more than 2.2 million foreigners visited the South American country.

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