The end of the armed conflict with the FARC is why tourism in Colombia increased by 27% in the last 12 months. Today, Colombia is recognized worldwide as an attractive destination for investment and tourism, growing to triple the world’s annual average.
In the past there have been references that linked Colombia with drugs, violence and insecurity. Many tourists have known the great news of the end of the armed conflict that Colombia lived and have decided not only to travel but to invest in Colombia real estate. Tourism in Colombia is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom, being the second most important source of currency capture in our country after the business of hydrocarbons and oil, displacing traditional industries such as coffee and bananas. In just 5 years, the number of visitors to Colombia went from a million tourists to over six million, according to the official figures. In addition, the increase only in the year 2017 was 27% compared to the previous year.
Currently, specialized web portals and well-known media such as Lonely Planet and the new York Times highlight Colombia as the new recommended tourist destination. In fact, the United States continues to be the largest source of tourists for Colombia, followed by Latin American countries that see Colombia as an excellent opportunity thanks to its diversity, climate and quality of life. Colombia has multiple offers of health systems, real estate, entertainment and job offers, which makes Colombia attractive and dynamic. A great reason to invest in real estate in Colombia.
Another example of the Colombian advancement in tourism: since the end of June of this year the Colombian beaches that meet the international standards imposed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), will be marked with a blue flag. Tourists visiting these certified beaches will know that they stand out for the good environmental information they provide, the quality of their waters, the management work they do and the security guarantees they offer.
Cities such as Medellín and Valledupar are working hard to become ecological and natural tourist destinations in the coming years to provide national and international tourists with a unique experience in our country. Another reason to invest in real estate in Colombia.