Colombia's tourism boom to continue...

Bogota ?? for so long a byword for coke and kidnapping ?? is stepping out of the grim shadow of the past and striding forward as a Latin American tourism success story of recent years. Increased security and economic growth have combined to encourage a touristic boom, the likes of which has never before been experienced in the northern South American country.

The capital Bogota, the colonial gem of Cartagena and the reborn city of Medellin are the most popular destinations for foreign tourists and Colombia as a whole, according to figures collated by the Banco de la Republica, DAS (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad) and cruise-ship companies.

These sources put the total of foreign tourists that arrived in the country in 2007 at 2,100,000.

If you take into consideration that in 2005 only 830,000 tourists visited Colombia the turnaround in a few short years is staggering.

No less striking is the Colombian government's aim to attract an all time record of four million tourists in the year 2010.

In order to stay on target to reach this lofty goal, 2008 needs to see a further increase of almost 30 per cent on 2006, coaxing in a further 600,000 tourists.

The emphasis has been on diversification and tourism bodies have been marketing newer routes such as the Colombian Amazon, and the coffee region.

Proexport, a Colombian institution aimed at promoting Colombia and improving tourism and foreign investment, has set about identifying the kind of tourists that Colombia wants to attract.

Angela Maria Claro, sub-director of information for Proexport, makes their aims clear: "We are looking for a certain tourist who stays for a longer duration and spends more money.

"With this in mind there have been special efforts to woo film directors to use Colombia's plethora of locations fit for movie productions."

Claro cites 2007's Love in the Time of Cholera as an example of what Colombia can deliver on this front.

When asked about the current economic slowdown in the United States, Claro waved away any worries: "Colombia??s growth is well above world growth and the US is a 250 million person market, one which we have barely scratched the surface."

The US remains Colombia's biggest tourist market, apart from neighbouring Ecuador and Venezuela, delivering 235,000 visitors in 2007.

http://medellin-colombia.blogspot.com
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Good News or Bad News?

Posted on February 14, 2008


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Comments:

Some will say "bad news", along the lines of "Colombia will become full of tourists and americanised and everything will suck as bad as the US (or wherever)"

Others will say "good news", as in "foreign investment".

I opt for the latter.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Great news! Keep 'em coming with their dollars!

Posted on February 14, 2008


It's funny that the only ones complaining about gringo tourists in colombia are other gringo tousists that beat them there by a few weeks.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Good news though, just by comparision, the Disney resorts in Orlando Florida alone get more than 40 million visitors per year.

Posted on February 14, 2008


I think there must be a law that every latino visitor to florida go to disney. never met one yet that passed by the big ears without stopping in. but then, lots of gringos go there too. beats the crap out of me, why.

I just hate to see the silly-assed real estate prices that gringo invasions ALWAYS bring. maybe colombia is a big enough, and diverse enough, to limit the damages to only a few areas....

Posted on February 14, 2008


I don't think Colombia will ever reach saturation levels like Mexico or CR, so a little increase can only help the locals.

Posted on February 14, 2008


weeks, years, it's all the same.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Rank Country Annual Number of Arrivals
1 France 75,500,000
2 United States 50,900,000
3 Spain 48,200,000


"Good news though, just by comparision, the Disney resorts in Orlando Florida alone get more than 40 million visitors per year."


Are you sure about that? So there are only ten million visitors annually to Non-Disney destinations in the US?

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that would mean that only two out of every ten tourists to the US skip disney freakin world. sounds about right. ;)

plus- don't forget disney can be one only one itinerary stop of many, Simon. although it beats me why anyone wastes all that time and money in that longline wasteland. unless they have kids with them, of course.

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Sorry, this article came out TODAY!

Posted on February 14, 2008


I hope you are right Billy!

Posted on February 14, 2008


Hey, I love Disney! You gotta drag me off those cute, little boats on the 'It's a Small World' ride!!

Posted on February 14, 2008


Simon, my number was total visitors to those resorts, not total foreign visitors. I don't know how a amusement park would differentiate between foreign and domestic, except by taking a survey. My complete guess would be about 25% are foreigners.

Where'd you get the 50.9 million total tourist visits for the entire US? That seems a little low but who really knows? They're probably basing that on tourist visa entries. That's how the Colombian gov counts it. Of course, there are a lot of people who get 3 or 4 "tourist" visas per year.

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Hollywood,

Just 'google' the most visited countries in the world and see for yourself.

Posted on February 14, 2008


MaFe, it's too far for the long weekenders like Mex and the Caribbean and probably too scary to many of the rest. I wouldn't worry (as long as they stay away from my haunts, jeje).

Posted on February 14, 2008


billyb says on Thursday February 14th, 2008 19:55:

I don't think Colombia will ever reach saturation levels like Mexico or CR, so a little increase can only help the locals.

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BillyB--I agree with you 100%. I doubt we would ever see an Influx as Mexico/CR have seen in our lifetime. Even the countrie's like Nicaragua/Honduras who offer all those Retiree incentives haven't been overrun with Americans. Colombia has little to worry about IMHO,,,

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simon where did you get those statistics.

france is number 1? maybe im the only one in the world not particularly interested in visiting france. a mi me contaron que alla la gente huele mal, son muy antipaticos, traicionan a cualquiera y son socialistas a morir.

:)

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Just 'google' it, parce.

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billyb is right, people are still to scared to go to Colombia. Everytime i mention to someone that i travel to Colombia they go oooooo, ahhhhh, ge you are brave going to Colombia, what a scarey place.so i dont see Colombia turning into a big time tourest place just yet.

Posted on February 14, 2008


And I bet most of those idiots can't even locate Colombia on a map, Scotty.

Posted on February 14, 2008


The total amount of visitors to the US has little to do with the total amount of visitors to Disney. Allot of those visitors are from Americans actually living in the US. IMHO

http://www.welovebogota.com http://www.apartmentinbogota.com

Posted on February 14, 2008


Orlando is the number one "driven to" vacation destination in the US. The Florida Emerald Coast is number 2.

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orlando is boring.

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Simon you are correct. one girl said to me isnt Colombia next to Argentina? i said yea thats right you got it...sheeesh!
I get tired of explaining how great Colombia and Colombians are, so i just let them think what they want, after all they are the ones losing out on the experience of Colombia.

Posted on February 14, 2008


scotty says, "Simon you are correct. one girl said to me isnt Colombia next to Argentina?"

It's not? Then I must have been in Chile. AND...I'm on the WRONG message board! :O)

Posted on February 14, 2008


As Colombia pushes for more tourism and the desire to get people remain longer, we may see the new bill (No one has information on), before the legislation get passed for pensionado's. Let's only hope. Added growth of foreigners living here has its pros and cons, but as stated, Colombia has a very large land mass, this will make a difference.

Posted on February 14, 2008


I wonder how many Americans who are now living in Colombia are hiding out? And most importantly... for what?

Posted on February 14, 2008


MT, I've often wondered about the same thing. My guess is that the majority of those hiding in Colombia are doing it for money reasons...debts, alimony, child support, embezzlement, but perhaps we have a few child molesters and murderers hiding in Colombia too...of course none of those folks are members of PBH:)

Posted on February 14, 2008


i remember my first time in medellin in 2004 - hardly saw a foreigner. Last night at Tony Ramos for V day half the tables were gringos!!

Posted on February 14, 2008


Last night my favorite restaurant was full of gringos celebrating Saint Valentine.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Pasia29, by any chance your favorite restaurant is Colombian? I ask because this is the other stuff foreigners do not know about ColUmbia.

Posted on February 14, 2008


es mas que todo de comida internacional pero tambien tienen algunas cosas nacionales y tipicas.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Si, es Basilica.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Comida internacional, que rico, por eso es que yo me quiero ir a vivir a Medellin. Para comida colombiana me voy a vivir a Florida o New York.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Jack_jason...sería que eso se podía aplicar con reciprocidad a los colombianos que vienen a Europa?

Posted on February 14, 2008


monpirri..que chistoso eres no?
Wouldn't Medellin have better comida Colombiana compared to NY or Florida?
I think so!?

Billy...let's hope that's true....

Scotty- A few days ago, Desi started this great post on pictures/videos of Colombia.
I was so impressed with some of the videos that I forwarded them to an older Italian lady, who I am trying to get to go to Colombia. Her response; "Oh, it seems like a nice country, but every country has that stuff, every country has beauty."

I was pist off and told her there is nothing like Colombia, we have it all. She said she's scared of what goes on there.

Posted on February 14, 2008


I don't think Colombia will ever see an "invasion" on the scale of the tourist/retiree invasion of Costa Rica, either, because the country is at least 20 times larger both geographically and by population, not to mention farther from the US and you can't drive there.

On the other hand, I lived in CR for a while in the 1980's and it was almost unheard of to see another gringo. If you did, they were most likely Mercs (hello Ollie North) or exchange students. Nobody ever thought it would become what it has, what with the war raging next door, etc.

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Opinion .... As an exporter , I think we can live with 2000 and still compete ( as of today ) .. 2100 or 2200 an I will an Irish gig ( well try ) ..

Posted on February 14, 2008


I can't imagine that the difference between the dollar at 2500 or at 1900 really makes a huge difference to most American "tourists".

Let's face it, it seems like a huge percentage of the "tourists" here are men looking for attractive Colombianas, either as marriage prospects or for more short-term affairs. And Colombia is still a total bargain if that's your goal. A middle-class gringo can come to Colombia and live like a king for a while.

Posted on February 14, 2008


It makes a difference to people like myself who pay their cousins college tuitions, and the registration, uniforms for almost 30 cousins!

Hollywood, I agree with you, if you are middle class gringo you can live like a king down there.
My aunt retired from NY, not from a middles class job, a lot less. She lives muy muy comada in Cali, in a very expensive part.

Posted on February 14, 2008


"It makes a difference to people like myself who pay their cousins college tuitions, and the registration, uniforms for almost 30 cousins!"


Mucho cuidado que no te esten cogiendo de marrana.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Simon....I think you are very arrogant, sabes que? Me haces el favor and don't answer my post. You are very exasperating...I know where my money goes, so before you make your ignorant comments, ask questions!

I have no shame is stating that my mother's family is very poor...excuse me for caring about my family, and trying to help them break the poor cycle they live in.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Oye, yo solo le estoy dando un consejo, y creeme que se muy bien de lo que hablo porque se lo conchudos que pueden ser los familiares Colombianos de los que vivimos en el exterior. Y acuerdate que muchos que reciben plata de los de aca (EEUU), se echan a vivir 'bueno' de eso en vez de salir a trabajar y progresar! Ojo!

Posted on February 14, 2008


Si Simon, pero hay formas mejore, better way to word things...The second post you made was better!
I completly understand what you are saying, but I personally check on their grades...

Of course I have 2 cousins that always call asking for money, and I do give in, but for the most part I know it's going towards my cousins education.
Maybe I am being sensitive today- which I usually am not, pero no me gusto que dijiste marrana...

Simon te gusta peliar o que?
Porque, you have tried offending me twice already....hmmm...

Posted on February 14, 2008


No te llame "marrana", solo estaba repitiendo el dicho. Y creeme que acabo de regresar de Colombia y me paso muchas con primos descarados pidiendome plata, grrr!!!

Posted on February 14, 2008


Ah Simon...perdon...y ya entiendo...pero los primos que estoy ayudando, se que estan en la U, ya los chiquitos..

Posted on February 14, 2008


Ahora estoy en EEUU.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Si, entendi. Yo se que cuando uno va a Colombia, pues piden mas. Mi mama se pone brava porque ella dice que yo soy muy floja, pero ellos no tubieron las oportunidades como tube yo.

Posted on February 14, 2008


CB,

Te cuento que mis papas se fueron a vivir a Colombia por unos meses y no faltaron algunos sobrinos conchudos que les pidiera plata prestada. Uno fue tan descarado que cuando le pago la plata que le debia a mi papa un Viernes, regreso el Lunes para pedirle mas! Y para colmo mis papas se regresaron y ese guevon no le pago a mi papa!

Tambien me tocaba cargar a otro primo cada vez que salia con el, que para el taxi, que para los tragos, que para comer, inclusive hasta pedia usar mi celular porque siempre estaba sin minutos, no joda!! Lamentablemente, la desfachatez es otro de los grandes defectos de nuestra gente.

Posted on February 14, 2008


CG well said...

Posted on February 14, 2008


Ve Mafe, me prestas unos pesos para poder ir al cine esta noche?

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No Simon, pleasure is different from education...asi que suerte mijito,,,,ja ja

Posted on February 14, 2008


Pero si era para que fueramos los dos.....bueno, it's your loss, lol

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??monpirri..que chistoso eres no?
Wouldn't Medellin have better comida Colombiana compared to NY or Florida?
I think so!?"

MaFe, no me estaba haciendo el chistoso, lo que pasa es que paisa29 me parecio que tenia pena o verguenza de decir que el restaurante favorito de ella se especializa en ricas comidas colombianas y algunas cosas internacionales, creo que en ese orden y con un mayor enfasis en la comida criolla ayudaria un poco mas a promover lo tipico para que los internacionales comienzen a conocer a la cocina colombiana.

I believe she did not emphasize much on the local food but instead she said the restaurant serves international and some national or typical, but it does not matter now because Morphus has posted a good link about Medellin and I found this about Basilica restaurant:

??Make sure you try traditional Colombian cuisine with a modern flare at the bustling Basilica restaurant (Cr 38 8A-42 Antioquia). Locals and visitors alike enjoy the spirited nights fueled with live music and traditional dancing. And yes, the gorgeous staff are known to speak our language, if you know what I mean."

http://www.logoonline.com/travel/features/five_best_underrated_cities.jhtml

Posted on February 14, 2008


Ah Monpirrisito...ya veo!!

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Que es eso Monpirrisito? Me suena como un plato exotico.

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Ja claro..tu! =)

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Ay caramba y ahora que hago?

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Bueno, decirle a tu mujer que te cocine,season you, and enjoy!
=)

Posted on February 14, 2008


Jaja que chistosa, lo que puedo hacer es condimentarme bien rico y salir a la calle para ver si alguien me come, yep that's what I'm going to do for halloween.

Posted on February 14, 2008


That would be very interesting to see...

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Ok, I would let you know when I'm ready to go just BYOB.

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235,000 US vistors is really nothing
$2500 compared to 1800 makes a big difference. Just like the Euro at par 1 to 1 compared to now.

Posted on February 14, 2008


North Americans are but one group, I think that other visitors (South American travel is getting to be very adventure-chic in Europe), account for a solid chunk in visits and increased numbers - 1.03 million foreigners in '07 . Also as the American currency falls, those that do travel will be looking to go places that are cheaper than say Europe...... and even at 1800 COP, Colombia still is.

http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/ticker/article.aspx?Feed=AP&Date=20080110&ID=8023861&Symbol=MAR

Posted on February 14, 2008


ehhh que parsito pa peliar (mafe y simon).

cuidado parcerito con la reina que es muy hermosa. no me grite mucho papa!!

oiga pero por ahi lei que en ny y florida hay mejor comida colombiana que en medellin? uy no ese que se fumo? are you kidding me?

Posted on February 14, 2008


Bueno, a lo mejor tu seras el unico paisa con un buen conocimiento sobre nuestra cocina colombiana y a lo mejor, si eres verraco, nos traes unas foticos de todos eso platos que se hacen alla, pero por favor no mas fotos de bandejas paisas, porque esa vaina esta muy repetida y quemada ya.

Posted on February 14, 2008


oigan a mi papa. que le tome fotos a la comida. uy no mijo en esas no me meto yo papa.

obviamente vos no sos paisa... pero tranki... como su comidita en fl y ny hermanito tranki.

pase por pollos mario, tierras colombianas, natives, pueblito viejo, el tablazo, el fogon, la cabana, las palmas o chalos.

parce y es que en pasto hay mucha comidita buena o que?

Posted on February 14, 2008


No le de miedo y tomele fotos estos a esos lugares que mencionastes porque el proposito es promover lo nuestro en esta pagina...claro que en Pasto hay mucha comidita buena, solo tomate un tiempo para que leas todos mi temas sobre comida colombiana y te daras cuenta.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Te recomiendo si viajas para Medallo que compres en una libreria uno o dos libros sobre la cocina colombiana y vas ver las maravillas como los paisajes del pais.

Posted on February 14, 2008


parcerito miedo? de que estas hablando ome? no se me acelere mijo y como que lea todos tus temas? jaja

mire hermanito su opinion es su opinion. para mi me parece ridiculo decir que la comida colombiana es mejor en los estados unidos que la que se consigue en medellin.

bueno no voy a seguir alegando el tema. no se que tanto conozcas a mi ciudad para decir algo asi.

a si... y libros de cocina no me intersan para nada. sera que vos sos chef o algo asi.

Posted on February 14, 2008


Tranquilo, si no lo quieres buscar aqui estan para saber mas de Colombia.
Sabores de Nariño

Festival Gastronómico

Y yo no soy de Medellin, Bogota, Pasto o Barranquilla, yo soy de Colombia.

Posted on February 14, 2008