Travel and tourism in Colombia - statistics & facts
Colombia, located in the northern corner of South America, went from being considered one of the most dangerous places worldwide in the 1990s and early 2000s to a booming travel destination in recent years. The 50-million nation experienced a significant increase in international tourism volume between the mid-2000s and 2019, despite a strong decline in 2010. But like most countries worldwide, the tourism sector in the Latin American country was strongly disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, its number of international tourist arrival was cut in more than half in 2020.
Performance of international and domestic tourism amid COVID-19
Tourism brings more than just positive consequences to an area, and the Colombian population seems to be well informed on this issue. Traveling Colombians display the highest levels of environmental awareness among major Latin American countries at the end of past decade. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this trend has only been exacerbated: in 2020, the share of Colombian respondents willing to travel more sustainably increased more than ten percentage points. Sustainability in tourism includes, for example, choosing a less-traveled destination to reduce the impact of tourists on the environment or traveling in the low season.
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Ana M. López
Research expert covering travel, tourism and hospitality