Domestic tourism in Colombia has experienced significant growth, as revealed by the latest Domestic Tourism Expenditure Survey from DANE (National Administrative Department of Statistics).
This study highlights that approximately 1.5 million people in the 24 main cities and their metropolitan areas engaged in domestic tourism during the third quarter of 2023, representing an 11% increase compared to the same period the previous year. Specifically, 38% of these tourists fall within the age range of 29 to 44 years old.
Exploring within the country
“Tourism is not just about discovering distant destinations, but also appreciating and getting to know what we have close by, what is ours,” commented Paula Cortes Calle, Executive President of ANATO. She emphasized that exploring national attractions strengthens the connection with our roots and is an opportunity to appreciate the country’s cultural diversity and heritage.
This surge in domestic tourism is not only beneficial in cultural terms but also in the economic sphere. It contributes to local economic stimulus, fosters job creation, and drives investment. It has become one of the sectors that has been developing positively throughout the year.
The survey reveals that, on average, the stay of domestic tourists was 3.8 nights, 0.9 nights less than in the same period of the previous year. However, the average daily expenditure of these tourists during the third quarter of 2023 was $138,000, representing a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2022.
Colombia: A destination for Colombians
“We must maintain the commitment to promote the country’s tourism development. There is much to discover, and we should take pride in it,” Cortes emphasized. She also highlighted the importance of working together with travel agencies to offer a more robust and diverse tourism, including new destinations that can showcase the full wealth of the Colombian territory.
This growth in domestic tourism reflects the increasing interest of citizens in exploring and enjoying the cultural and natural riches that Colombia offers. Furthermore, it underscores the potential of the local tourism industry as a key driver for economic development and strengthening the sense of ownership of the wonders that the country offers.