This might be the year tourism in Colombia is seen to come in from the cold. With peace talks with FARC rebels reaching a positive conclusion in Havana, a strong economy, increasing airlift, and new luxury accommodation opening across the country, 2015 could be seen as a watershed for the destination. British travellers have been quick to notice the trend.
ProColombia, the government agency charged with the promotion of trade, investment and tourism to Colombia, has announced capital city Bogota has been selected as host city for the One Young World Summit in 2017. One Young World was founded in 2009 and is a UK-based not-for-profit organisation that gathers together the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.
Over the last decade, Colombia has remarkably and steadily grown as a popular tourist destination, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The year round sunshine, fascinating culture, natural beauty and hassle free entry requirements make this county a must for anyone seeking a truly unique experience.
ProColombia has seen UK visitor numbers to Colombia increase by a massive 24 per cent in January-May this year. There were a total of 15,187 UK tourist arrivals compared with 12,258 in the same period in 2014. The huge increase follows an annual increase of 28.5 per cent year on year when comparing total UK visitor numbers for 2014 against 2013.
Travel specialists Advance Worldwide have announced the launch of an exciting new Colombian tour created especially for UK holiday-makers interested in well-being and ethical travel. The first nine day trip is scheduled for November and is set to include the city of Medellin, Nuqui at the Pacific Coast and Colombia’s Coffee Region.
Having recently been appointed to the role of executive director with ProColombia in the United Kingdom, Felipe Angel here sits down with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole to discuss the future of tourism in the country. On the agenda is the expected dividend of on-going peace negotiations with FARC rebels, the growth of MICE tourism in capital Bogotá and the developing airlift into this emerging South American destination.
The Colombian trade, investment and tourism promotion body Proexport has completed its rebrand to Procolombia following an eight-month process led by its president Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. The move, which takes immediate effect, comes after a survey of Colombian and foreign entrepreneurs concluded that the name Proexport did not reflect either the body’s connection to Colombia or its broad remit, which covers promoting investment and tourism as well as exports.