International tourism in Colombia increased 14.3% from January to June over the same period last year, the news site Portafolio reported.
Tourism soared to 775,272 international visitors this year, up from 678,177 in 2010.
Not only did Colombia’s international tourism rise, but its sources of tourism also became more diversified. Tourism from countries such as Spain, Mexico, and Chile increased by 19%, 26%, and 35% respectively. The United States and Venezuela remained the top two source countries for Colombian tourism, although they grew at slower rates than other countries at 1.4% and 19.3%. The greatest increase was found in Brazilian tourism, which grew by 51.6%.
Colombia’s Caribbean Coast experienced a significant rise in tourism, with a 6.2% rise in cruise ships visiting the area. Cartagena had a significant rise in nautical travel, receiving 130 vessels, 5.7% more than last year.
The minister of tourism and culture announced that $227 million has been made available to improve Colombian tourism. Of this, $68 million will go towards improving the country’s tourism infrastructure, including convention centers, harbors, theme parks, and other attractions.
Colombia has a stated goal of attracting 4 million international tourists in 2014.