With 20 million guests expected during its six months of operation, Expo Milan 2015 is presently one of the most popular tourism destinations around the world. Breaking Travel News visited to catch up with some of the key leaders of the national pavilions that form the cornerstone of the experience. Here editor Chris O’Toole talks with Colombia Expo Milan 2015 commisioner Juan Pablo Cavelier about the pavilion, the role of Expo Milan and the upcoming visit of president Juan Manuel Santos.
Colombia’s national airline, Avianca, has announced that it will increase the frequency of its London to Bogota flight. Passengers wishing to fly from Heathrow to Colombia’s El Dorado International Airport will now have a choice of seven departures a week up from four.
The third WTM Latin America, which will take place from April 22nd-24th at the Expo Centre Norte in Sao Paulo, will welcome Colombia to the event for the first time this year. Promoting the rich history and diverse landscapes and cultures, Colombia plans to take advantage of the most international business-to-business event for the industry in the Americas.
Visitor numbers to Bogotá have doubled in under a decade as the Colombian capital develops a reputation as a leading destination to do business. Ahead of the city’s host of the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony in October, Breaking Travel News sits down at ITB Berlin with Tatiana Piñeros Laverde, director general, District Institute of Tourism of Bogotá to discuss the secrets behind its recent renaissance.
World Travel Awards has officially begun the countdown to the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 during a launch event at the Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015 in Bogotá. Bogotá will host the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony in October this year. The largest tourism showcase in Latin America, ANATO welcomes thousands of industry leaders from across the region to the Colombian capital each year.
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.
Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015, the most important tourism showcase in Latin America, will generate $9.7 million in revenue for Colombian capital Bogotá, according to ANATO president Paula Cortés Calle. According to Calle, the showcase, which has been hosted by Colombia for the past 34 years and in Bogotá for the past 25, is vital to the economy of the capital.
Colombian capital Bogotá has unveiled plans for a second international airport, El Dorado II. Construction on the airport, build in the west of the city and designed to complement the existing El Dorado International Airport in the east, could begin as early as next year.
The president of the Colombian Association of Travel & Tourism, Paula Cortés Calle, has revealed Puerto Rico will be the official partner of the 2015 Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015. Meanwhile Cartagena will be showcased as the domestic partner of the event, which will take place at the International Business & Exhibition Centre in Bogotá from February 25-27th.
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.
Tourism, foreign investment and exports promotions agency Proexport Colombia has launched a comprehensive new e-learning programme for UK travel agents called Learn Colombia aimed at increasing agents’ knowledge of the country and boosting sales. Any UK agent who completes the course by September 30th 2014 will be in with the chance of winning one of four return flights to Bogota with the national carrier Avianca or one of ten Colombian goodie bags.
A significant rise in airlift from the UK is set to combine with a surge in hotel development to further fuel the dramatic rise in UK visitor numbers seen in recent years, according to the Colombian tourism board Proexport. UK arrivals grew by 13.9 per cent year-on-year between 2012 and 2013, from 23,801 to 27,101 – double the overall market growth of seven per cent.