Colombia became a tourist route of a new millennium. Hundred thousands of tourists from all over the world have chosen the travel to the country of fantastic riches for a long time ago. In 2007 main directions for foreign visitors became Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellin. 40,9% of the profit is from the general number of tourists from Latin America, but the inflow of visitors from far abroad also increase. So, within the first 9 months of the current year the arrival only by air of foreign tourists in the country increased by 14,2%. Since January till October 780891 persons visited the country. The same index for the similar period of 2006 was 684089 persons. These figures for the minister of trade, industry and tourism Luis Guillermo Plata grow out the transformations, allowed to change all over the world the point of view about Colombia as about the dangerous country.
Every day more and more people get acquainted with the beauty of Colombia, its cultural variety, advantages and cordiality of Colombians. It is a consequence of persistent work of the government concerning the safety of democracy, employment, the infrastructure, growth and legal stability for investors, the minister considers. The purpose of the ministry – to receive 4 million tourists by 2010 – seems to be not already so fantastic as several years ago. According to the statistics of the Service of economic research of the ministry and department of administrative safety (DAS), during September Colombia was visited by 86877 foreigners, having increased the last year index on 8,75%.
Bogotá is still the main tourist direction of travelers – it was visited by 452546 tourists. Bogotá becomes a religious, gastronomic and business center of tourism. Besides, the city is the basic changing unit for the travel to other regions of the country. Cartagena became the second one by the attendance since January till October. It was visited by 11,2% from the general number of tourists, that is 97644 persons and its popularity has increased on 0,3% in comparison with 2006. Medellin became the third one by the popularity. It received 78478 tourists, that is on
17.8% more than the last year index. Such cities as Cúcuta, Bucarmanga and Pereira also represent the growth by the visiting index. The quantity of tourists from the cruise ships also has increased on 16244 persons or on 48,4%. From the beginning of the year 43 cruise liners have arrived to the country, 33 of which came into Cartagena, 7 – in Santa Marta and 3 – on the island San Andres.