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Colombia Celebrates the Arrival of its 5.5 Millionth Tourist


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Franco Molina from Argentina was greeted with a celebration as he became the 5,500,000th tourist to arrive in Colombia in 2023. Credit: Ministry of Tourism Colombia

Colombia celebrated the arrival of its 5.5 millionth tourist at Bogota’s El Dorado Airport, marking a substantial 26.1% increase from the previous year’s visitor numbers as reported by Colombia’s Migration Department.

Representatives from Colombia’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Avianca, and ProColombia commemorated Franco Molina’s arrival, shedding light on the country’s growing allure as a premier tourist destination.

Highlighting Colombia’s Tourism Appeal

The President of ProColombia underscored Colombia’s global acclaim as an enticing tourist destination, emphasizing the nation’s rich cultural diversity, inclusive hospitality, and unparalleled biodiversity. Franco Molina’s visit from Buenos Aires exemplifies Colombia’s sustained growth as a top choice among global travelers.

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Franco Molina from Argentina. Credit: Ministry of Tourism Colombia

Forecasts for Colombia’s tourism industry paint an optimistic picture for the year’s end. Projections include a remarkable 120% surge in cruise ship visits, alongside a significant increase in foreign tourist arrivals and returning Colombian residents. The third-quarter 2023 report from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism showed a marked upswing in domestic tourism. Approximately 2.9 million locals, constituting 13.1% of the total population, engaged in domestic travel activities, indicating a growing trend of Colombians exploring their own country for leisure and recreation.

The Growth of Colombia’s Tourism Sector

Colombia’s tourism industry continues to flourish, attracting international visitors and local explorers alike. The country’s diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and welcoming hospitality contribute to its rising status as a coveted global travel destination. As Colombia takes its place on the world stage, its appeal as a must-visit location for travelers continues on an upward trajectory.

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