Bogota, Jul 13 (EFE) .- Colombia received 2,921,818 foreign visitors in the first half of the year, 46.3% more than the 1,996,587 arrived in the country in the same period of 2016, The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MinCIT) announced today. P>
"Colombia is close to fulfilling the target set for 2018 (6 million international travelers). That the tourist industry is prepared to receive more tourists every day, "said Commerce Minister María Claudia Lacouture in a statement. P>
Travelers were Venezuela, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Panama, Spain, France, Germany, Canada and Costa Rica, added the P>
According to the MinCIT, the main reasons people traveled to Colombia were leisure, with 77.4%, and business and professional activities, with 14%. Postconflict increases the interest of tourists to come to Colombia and the industry must be prepared to receive people who for vacation or business are arriving in the country, Said Lacouture. P>
Colombia also received foreign exchange for $ 5.88 billion in tourism and had, according to the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), an occupation Hotel of 54.1% between January and May, while in the same period of 2016 it was 53.7%.