Cartagena, the colonial port city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, has joined the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.
The city, represented by COTELCO Cartagena, has become the organisation’s 33rd destination and the first commercial association to join the regional association in more than 15 years.
COTELCO Cartagena, a chapter of Colombia’s hotel and tourism association, has 56 affiliated hotels and more than 4,000 hotel rooms, including brands such as GHL Hotels, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Movich Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel and Hyatt.
In Colombia, COTELCO Nacional has 900 affiliate hotels throughout the country with a presence in 23 departments.
“We are absolutely delighted that COTELCO Cartagena, which represents the jewel in the crown of Colombia, has joined CHTA with its brilliant fusion of Caribbean and Latin American culture adding enormously to the rich diversity of our organisation,” said Frank Comito, director general of CHTA.
The Caribbean port of Cartagena de Indias was founded in 1533 and its old walled city and fortress, called Colonial City, once repelled invaders and pirates.
These days, thanks to the efforts of COTELCO, the charming city now welcomes visitors to its tiled roofs, balconies, flower-filled courtyards and lively social life.
The history of Cartagena, where the treasure of gold and silver of the New World was sent to the Old World, is impregnated with romance and drama and is the final resting place of the great liberator Simón Bolívar.
The heroic history of Cartagena is evident in the ancient churches that were built as fortresses to reject pirates and foreign invaders such as Sir Francis Drake.