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US trade pact expected to create tourism boom in Colombia

With the new free trade Agreement that is looking to take place between the US and Colombia, it appears that the first beneficiary (which was ratified on October 12th) will be tourism in Colombia.

Speaking on the impact of the agreement, Vice Minister for Tourism Oscar Rueda Garcia told Colombian media that “in the implementation phase, we await the arrival of a large influx of important visitors from the U.S”

Since 2009, the amount of travellers form the U.S has been on the rise and has risen by 19% or nearly 315,000 visitors. This number then increased by another 11% in 2010 and grew to just under 350,000 visitors.

“Colombia has been preparing for the opportunities now open to the FTA,” Garcia added.

In Colombian cities, Bogota for example, local economies have been preparing for the increase is tourism, and as such, 2,300 hotel rooms have been opened and that is expected to be the bench for yet another 770 later this year. By 2014, the capital will prepare for the tourism boom by adding an estimated 19,000 in total.

With the signing of “Open Skies,” which took place in May, the number of flights and airlines operating out of Colombia is expected to sharply increase beginning in January.

Tim Hinchliffe  Colombia Reports.com

Brazilian magazine emphasizes safety in Colombia as a quality of the country to attract tourists

It is always a pleasure to read about positive things about Colombia on international press. And even more to redistribute and share this article with our members. This time, news comes from the Brazilian magazine Panrotas that emphasizes safety in Colombia as a quality of the country to attract tourists.

Non-official translation:

Journalists from the neighboring country visited Bogota and its surroundings to inform Brazilian tourists of the attractions that the Colombian capital has to offer.

Bogota, Feb. 8 (Pxp).- “For Colombia, security is now one of the country’s qualities”. This is how the Brazilian magazine Panrotas referred to Colombia after a trip to explore what Bogota and its surroundings have to offer.

This statement is part of a series of publications that tourists from the neighboring country will see and read in the coming days and weeks. The Panrotas journalists are part of a delegation that came to Colombia and fell in love with its capital in a trip organized by TAM airlines and Proexport Colombia.

André Texeira from O Globo; Érico Monteiro, from Viaje Mais; Fábio Dutra, from the magazine Joyce Pascowitch and Sávia Reis, from Panrotas, and the renowned photographer Gladstone Campos, visited the Colombian capital and its main tourist attractions.

The colors, tastes and, above all, the warmth from the Colombians were some of the qualities that were remarked the most by the Brazilian journalists. They stated that Bogota is not only one of the most beautiful cities of Latin America but also one of the safest.

I want to return to Brazil because it is the fastest way to come back to Colombia. I felt very safe in Bogota, more than in any other country in the world”, said the photographer Gladstone Campos.

Without a doubt, the places that the journalists commented on the most were the Emerald Museum, with its one of a kind sample of almost 3000 original pieces; the Gold Museum, for its immeasurable historic value and representation of the vast Colombian wealth; La Candelaria for its colors and charm and the Nemocon salt mine for its spectacular scenery at 80 meters under the ground.

Wilson Costa, President of TAM in Colombia stressed the importance of the Colombian capital for the airline. “Due to its geographic location, Bogota is a strategic point for South America, and is therefore a key point for TAM”, he stated.

TAM commenced operations on December 19 with a daily Sao Paulo-Bogotá-Sao Paulo route. The route will be covered by an Airbus A320 with business and tourist classes.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, 66,309 tourists came to Colombia from Brazil in 2010, which is a 39.6 % increase from 47,494 in 2009.

Original article in Portuguese