Exit of Colombians abroad has already reached pre-pandemic levels
Between January and March, 1,063,871 Colombians left abroad, that is, a growth of 0.6% compared to the 1,057,337 in the same period of 2019
The reactivation of international tourism has boosted the world economy, and Colombia has been a great benchmark for outgoing tourism during the first quarter of 2022, because after several limitations for passengers to enter other destinations, it is becoming easier and easier for passengers to enter other destinations. measures and the confidence of national tourists to resume their trips is increased.
According to the figures revealed by Migración Colombia, ANATO estimates that between January and March 1,063,871 Colombians left abroad, that is, a growth of 0.6% compared to the 1,057,337 in the same period of 2019, which indicates that in the first quarter the figures that were reported in pre-pandemic times were already reached.
In fact, the reactivation, through the months, has been constant. January was below 12%, but in February it grew 5%, and in March it also presented an increase of 14%, in relation to the same months of 2019.
“We knew that the recovery path of the sector would not be easy and would take weather. However, the strength of this industry has been evident showing growth ahead of what we expected. This creates more challenges for Travel Agencies, which did not stop their work during the pandemic, to continue designing packages to new destinations and different products”, said Paula Cortés Calle, Executive President of ANATO.
For reasons of tourism, events and business, the main destinations to which Colombians traveled were the United States, Mexico, Spain and the Dominican Republic, with growth of 54%, 92%, 41% and 123% respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2019.
However, other countries such as France stand out with an increase of 27%; Curaçao, with 40%; Turkey, with 69%; Italy, with 47%; and the United Arab Emirates, with 197%.
"These data show that tourism will continue to be an important pillar for Colombia's economic recovery, therefore, we will continue to train our entrepreneurs in order to make them more competitive in the face of the demands of the Colombian traveler," said the union leader.