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Colombia received more than 4 million visitors between January and September

Colombia received more than 4 million visitors between January and September

Colombia It received nearly 4.2 million non-resident visitors between last January and September, an increase of 29.3% compared to the first nine months of 2022 when 3.2 million people entered the country, the Ministry of Commerce reported this Tuesday. Industry and Tourism (MinCIT).

“We receive as a very positive sign that, since September of this year, only a little more than 500,000 remain Travellers to equal the number of visitors in 2022, which was 4.7 million,” said the head of the portfolio, Germán Umaña, quoted in a statement from his office.

He added: “This confirms us as the second destination in Latin America in the recovery of the tourism sector.” For Umaña “This number will increase significantly during the end-of-year season.”

Of the total number of visitors that the country received in the first nine months of the year, 2.8 million were non-Venezuelan foreigners, 945,592 Colombians residing abroad, 171,648 Venezuelans “for the purpose of rest and recreation” and 234,788 international cruise passengers.

According to the Government, 810,405 travelers from the United States entered the country, the 26.8% of the total.

Also entered a number “significant” of tourists from Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. “The ever-increasing numbers of non-resident visitors are due to the substantial improvement that the country has achieved in terms of air connectivity with the rest of the world”said the Vice Minister of Tourism, Arturo Bravo.

The official assessed that between January and August, for example, 31.3 million people traveled by plane, which represents an increase in 1.8% compared to the same period in 2022.

This in a context in which 26 international airlines operate in the country that connect 11 Colombian cities with 26 countries. “Our vast biodiversity is another aspect that best positions us in international markets. “Colombia attracts more and more travelers who demand nature and wellness tourism experiences.”Bravo said.

Source: Gestion

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