From January to April, national hotel occupancy stood at 54.79% in Colombia
In the detail of the destinations, despite the decrease of 2.55 percentage points, Cartagena de Indias was the highest occupation
According to the report of indicators issued by Cotelco, the percentage of hotel occupancy in the month of April stood at 52.20%, which represented a decrease of 0.65 percentage points with respect to the indicator registered in April 2018. In the accumulated January to April, the national occupation is located at 54.79%.
For Gustavo Adolfo Toro Velásquez, Cotelco's national executive president, "the behavior of the occupation in the month of April was marked by the effect of the Holy Week season on destinations with corporate vocation, the unemployment of the Indigenous Minga, the decrease in the average duration of the trip of the national tourists and the deceleration of San Andres, which has been accentuated in 2019 ".
According to the report published by Cotelco, excluding Bogota, employment at the regional level increased to 1.03 percentage points, which is explained according to Gustavo Toro, "in the weight that the capital has in the hotel offer of the country, so that a decrease in the Capital District and in corporate cities such as Medellín, Cali or Barranquilla, generates effects that are hardly compensated by the performance of holy Thursdays and Fridays, where that season is usually concentrated ".
In the detail of the destinations, despite the decrease of 2.55 percentage points, Cartagena de Indias was the busiest, with an average indicator of 60.92%. In second place was San Andrés with 59.11% with a 12.86% drop in its occupation percentage. Bogotá D.C., with a level of 58.11%, was placed in the third place of highest occupation, with a difference of 4.20 percentage points compared to April 2018.
On the contrary, other destinations increased their indicator of hotel occupancy in the month of April as a result of the Easter season: Quindío, with its cultural and nature offer around coffee, increased by 9.69 percentage points; Casanare, an emerging destination with high potential in tourism products of nature, achieved an increase of 9.04 percentage points; Santander, department highlighted by its variety of products among which is adventure tourism, increased by 7.94 percentage points.
Other destinations with growth in the period were: Norte de Santander (+7.87 pp), Tolima and Alto Magdalena (+7.22 pp), Magdalena (+6.77 pp), Boyacá (+5.56 pp), Meta (+4.99 pp), Risaralda (+1.84 pp) and Cesar (+1.84 pp).
On the other hand, the list of destinations with fall in the period is complemented by: Caldas (-13.25 pp), Huila (-5-59 pp), Nariño (-5.17 pp), Barrancabermeja (-8.57 pp), Atlántico (- 3.83 pp) and Antioquia (-0.78 pp).