Colombia needs a tourism ministry to take full advantage of the growing number of foreign visitors, representatives from the industry say. During the past seven years, the number of international visitors has increased by 150%, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism with a record number of 6.5 million tourists recorded last year. Leading representatives from the industry believe that an autonomous ministry, distinct to that of commerce and industry is required to take full advantage of Colombia’s increasing popularity as a tourist hotspot in the future. “In the coming years we will have more tourism and we need more support. And, in this sense, we believe that the creation of a ministry of tourism is necessary so that it works independently of commerce and industry,” Paula Cortes, president of the Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (ANATO), told newspaper El Tiempo. Tourism becoming economic engine Gustavo Toro, president of the Hotel and Tourism Association of Colombia (COTELCO) is urging Colombia’s current presidential candidates to acknowledge the potential of the sector as having the capacity to greatly stimulate the economy. According to Toro, “more and more, tourism is more important for the economy,” which he believes would justify… Read full this story
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