Anato expects foreign tourism growth in 2019
"We expect to close the year with a growth between 3% and 4%," said Paula Cortés Calle, executive president of the association
Colombia is increasingly positioned within the tourist map thanks to aspects such as growth in the air connection, its cultural and architectural heritage, biodiversity and advances in infrastructure, which have made more foreign travelers interested in knowing the different regions from the country. Additionally, the rise in the dollar has become an opportunity to increase the number of visitors.
According to data from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, between January and August 2019, the arrival of more than 2.8 million foreign visitors was reported, consisting of foreign tourists, non-resident Colombians and cruise passengers, which represented a variation of 2 , 9%, compared to the same period of 2018.
It is important to note that, of this total, foreign tourists represent 76% with 2,170,455 records, which means 4.5% compared to the same months of the previous year.
According to Migración Colombia, the main countries where these tourists come from are the United States with a participation of 18%, a country that grows 12.4%; followed by Mexico with a participation of 4.8% and an increase of 6.3%.
“We expect that for the remaining months of 2019 this positive trend will continue and that an increase will be reached at the end of the year between 3% and 4%, according to the projected at the beginning of the year, taking into account that the months of November and December are important drivers of inbound tourism, ”said Paula Cortés Calle, executive president of ANATO.
He added: “There has been a slight reduction in the rate of growth because important countries issuing to Colombia such as Brazil and Argentina, which last year occupied second and third place respectively in terms of their number of nationals who reached Colombia, have registered a fall this year due to the context in their countries. However, we see how the dynamics of the Americans are on the rise, and how Peru has shown a revival reaching a variation of 20%. ”
Finally, the union leader stressed that, with the devaluation of the peso against the dollar, receptive tourism should continue to be encouraged for those countries whose currency is stronger than ours, as is the case for Europeans and Canada.
Therefore, ANATO and its Travel Agencies, with the Receptive Department, have created initiatives for the consolidation of an offer that suits the needs of foreign and national tourists seeking to travel through Colombia.