Emerging trends in holiday packages are set to be discovered at the upcoming Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015, to be held in Colombian capital Bogotá from February 25th-27th.
It is here agents will decide what tour operators to partner with for the upcoming year.
“Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015 is the most important tourism event in Colombia,” said ANATO president Paula Cortés Calle.
“We estimate that during the three days of the event some 30,000 business contacts are made, while more than US$150 million of business deals are made.”
More than 60 per cent of the convention is devoted to international exhibitors, while the remaining floor space is taken by Colombians.
Among the exhibitors are travel agencies, wholesalers, tour operators, hotels, airlines, tourist offices, cruise ships, technology providers and others.
“This is a purely professional environment,” added Calle.
“We have about one thousand exhibitors, from 30 countries and 32 departments of Colombia.
“Last year there were 37,000 visitors, while an increase of five per cent is expected is expected this year.”
Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015 has this year partnered with Puerto Rico, which will act as international guest of honour, while the Colombia pair of Cartagena-Bolivar will be the Colombian
For Cortés Calle these places have become instigators in the dynamic tourism of Colombia.
“In Puerto Rico we are extending trade and tourism ties,” she explained.
“In 2014 at least 13,000 Colombians visited the island.
“There are currently five weekly flights from Colombia with 600 seats available.”
Last year Puerto Rico opened a government office in Colombia in recognition of the tremendous growth of trade relations.