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. Apart from a strong decline in 2010, the 50-million nation has experienced an increase of inbound tourist arrivals since the mid 2000s. And although the outbreak of COVID-19 has strongly hit this sector, Colombia is expected to quickly recover in 2021 and 2022, as foreign tourists’ spending is forecasted to double compared to the two years prior to the pandemic.

Domestic tourism also grows in popularity

Domestic tourism represented the smallest share of travel and tourism spending in Colombia in 2019; however, this trend may flip in upcoming years, as Colombians also become more curious about traveling within their own country. Due partly to international travel restrictions imposed to tackle the ongoing global health crisis, the growing interest in domestic travel has not gone unnoticed by the Latin American country’s travel agencies. For these companies, this type of tourism seems to be the new, most attractive segment to focus on for future business.

Tourism along with sustainability

The expansion of the tourism sector brings more than just positive consequences to a nation, and the Colombian population seem to be fairly informed on this issue. In 2019, traveling Colombians were found to display the highest levels of environmental awareness among major Latin American countries. Tourists from Colombia were also the most likely to choose a less-traveled destination to reduce the impact of tourism on the environment. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this trend has only exacerbated, with the majority of Colombian respondents hoping that in the future, the tourism business would cover travel demands with more eco-friendly offers and practices.

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