Bogotá, Colombia–The Tourism Board of Colombia announced in a news release that they have won multiple categories of the World Travel Awards for South America.
The event, held in Barranquilla, Colombia, in September this year, saw the country being granted a total of 14 recognitions, including:
San Andrés as ‘South America’s Leading beach destination,’ Medellín as the ‘Leading Emerging Destination, Bogotá as the ‘Leading business destination,’ Cali as the ‘Leading Cultural City,’ Barranquilla as the ‘Leading destination for festivities and events,’ and Cartagena as the ‘Leading destination for honeymoons,’ amongst others.
“Bookings to Colombia for the mid-year season exceeded the 2021 record by 148%,” said Gilberto Salcedo, Vice President of the Ministry of Tourism, in the release, adding that tourism was the leading non-mining energy sector, and the objective was to “make it an even more important player in the national economy.”
The World Travel Awards is an authoritative multinational organization that operates in various continents and evaluates the tourism industry.
Colombia recently launched a digital nomad visa with relaxed application requirements. Foreigners need only have a minimum monthly income of $684, health insurance, and a document that proves employment.
According to a study published in National Geographic, Colombia — nestled at the continent’s heart — contains 10% of the entire planet’s biodiversity, with more than 1,900 species of birds, 3,600 species of butterflies, and over 4,000 species of orchids. The Latin American country has often been listed as a top global destination.
Read more in this news release.