Colombia tourism reports rapid developments

Colombia tourism reports rapid developments

Colombia attracted 19,000 British visitors last year, a 26.3% rise from 2005. Proexport Colombia Director Juan Guillermo Perez attributes this increase to greater awareness and safety improvements within the country. “Five years ago no operators were offering Colombia as a destination. If a customer wanted to make a trip they would have to get it tailor made. Now 52 UK operators offer the destination,” he explained. “By 2015 we’d like to see that number doubled and we’re hoping that an airline will soon introduce a direct flight from London to make that possible.” Meanwhile, Guillermo Perez said that Colombia is a relatively new, undiscovered country, which appeals to the UK market. “We are the most bio diverse country in the world. People can come to Colombia for eco tourism, beaches, mountains, desert and rainforest. There are so many different climates and environments within one country.” In terms of safety, Colombia has made significant advances in the past eight years. “It used to be a no go zone due to the high rate of crime,” commented Guillermo Perez. “Under the last government things really improved. For example kidnapping fell from 3000 per year to 150. The country feels safe again and tourists should not feel threatened.”

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