Self-care and promotion, fundamental to continue opening tourism
The ANATO Tourist Showcase, through strategic commercial alliances, will promote innovative tourism products and help in the reactivation of the segment of fairs, events and conventions in the region
Different aspects surrounding the arrival of Covid -19 have influenced the path that had been reported in tourism to have a slowdown. The closure of borders, quarantines, the vaccination process at different rates in each country, spikes in contagion, among others, have caused the sector to recover more slowly.
“It is really a huge impact for the travel industry, for businesses and for employment. However, taking into account the current situation, the figures have shown significant progress. For this reason, we must continue working on self-care and promotion campaigns to continue opening up tourism, ”said Paula Cortés Calle, executive president of ANATO.
The union leader added that “The ANATO Tourist Showcase, which will be held in person from June 16 to 18 in Bogotá, will be that scenario that promises to continue promoting the entry and exit of tourists to the country, through strategic commercial alliances for the promotion of innovative tourism products, as well as to reactivate the segment of fairs, events and conventions in the region ”.
According to Migración Colombia, between January and March 2021, 199,647 foreign visitors entered the country, that is, 24.8% compared to the 804,235 registered in the same period of 2020. It should be noted that in March 2021, 76,332 foreign visitors entered the country, an increase of 36.5% when compared to 55,926 in February 2021.
Regarding the nationalities of these travelers, the United States leads the list, followed by Chile, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Together, they represented 64.8% of the total foreign visitors during this period.
Regarding the flow of Colombians abroad, the same source reveals that between January and March 2021, 438,817 travelers left the country, which was equivalent to 48.9% compared to the 897,193 registered in the same period of 2020. On the other hand , March of this year registered 158,500, that is, an increase of 49.1% when compared to the 106,279 in February 2021.
The destinations to which Colombians traveled the most during that period were the United States, Mexico, Chile, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. These represented 84.1% of the total exits abroad during these months.