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Colombia hopes to welcome more visitors than ever in 2014
Published on December 30, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Plaza del Bolivar Bogotá, Catedral Primada

Medellín Metrocable

Cartagena de Indias

MIAMI, USA (PXP) -- Seasonal increases in the number of flights between North America and Colombia will allow more visitors than ever to experience that Colombia Is Magical Realism. Proexport, the government agency charged with promoting tourism, foreign investment and trade with Colombia, is eager to share its exciting calendar of events with international travelers and to welcome visitors to the country by air and sea.

Airlines like JetBlue, Avianca and Copa offer high frequency flights to the Caribbean travelers to visit Colombia. Also, airlines like American Airlines and Caribbean Airways allows them visit Colombia via Miami. Tourists from countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Aruba, will discover a unique destination all year long, not only in the big cities like Bogotá or Medellín, but also a variety of activities, cultures, food and festivals around the country.

"According to Colombia’s Immigration Department, the year-end season is when the majority of Americans travel to Colombia,” said the president of Proexport, Maria Claudia Lacouture. “We hope that demand for the increased frequency will remain high, leading to additional permanent flights to our vibrant country.”

Colombia expects 2014 to be a busy year for tourism. In January, Cartagena will host the International Music Festival, welcoming classical artists and opera singers from all over the world. In February, more than 600 international buyers from the leisure, meetings and tourism industries will convene in Bogota for Colombia Travel Mart, the country’s most important tourism industry event. Later, in March, thousands of international visitors will travel to Barranquilla for the city’s famous Carnaval festival.

These events represent just a fraction of the exciting opportunities available for international travelers. Proexport Colombia launched its “Colombia Is Magical Realism” tourism campaign earlier this year to showcase all of its different, magical, unique and inspiring vacation destinations, from beaches to mountains, deserts, cities and jungles.

With more than 800 direct flights from 20 different countries and 27 cruise lines that stop at three major ports of call, Colombia welcomed more than 864,000 foreign visitors in the first half of 2013, where 17,985 visitors were from the Caribbean, which represents an increase of 9.4 percent compared with the same period in 2012.
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