It appears that Bogota, Colombia is still leading the pack for business tourism in Colombia. The capital city who has an estimated population of approximately 8 million people recorded 349,348 international tourists from January to June of 2010. This represents a 5% increase over the same time period for 2009.
According to Nohora Vargas, director for District Institute of Tourism (IDT), 78% of the arriving international tourists are classified as entrepreneurs or businessmen. Vargas also states that the tourism sector in Bogota, Colombia generated an average of 5300 jobs between January and June of 2010.
More than $25 million dollars a month is the estimated currency inflow from this commercial activity
Riding the wave of increased tourism due to increased safety in Colombia over the last 8 years has led to a hotel boom in Colombia. By the end of 2010, Bogota expects to have more than 14,000 hotel rooms available to handle international and foreign travelers to the city. Almost half of the rooms are classified as luxury accommodations. Over 16,000 rooms are projected by the end of 2012 with a whopping 60% of those rooms to be classified as luxury.
Bogota, Colombia is considered to be Latin America’s #6 best city for doing business as it is fast becoming a major destination for increased tourism activity. The city offers superior cultural activities and well as fine dining, shopping and entertainment options. The colonial sector of La Candelaria has seen a major revival in the last few years as new hotels, restaurants and culture centers continue to open their doors to new tourists each and every month.
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