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Chile receives more international tourists, but less regional ones

Chile receives more international tourists, but less regional ones

Posted by José Peralta on November 25, 2014

The latest edition of the Barómetro Chileno del Turismo by FEDETUR, says that Chile has experienced twenty months of extremely low arrival from foreigners to the country. This is due to the decrease of incoming regional tourists.

Between the months January and August 2014, Chile experienced a very modest growth of arrivals of international tourists: only 0,6 percent. This means that about 2.376.371 travelers have entered the country. This figure responds to the lower incomes that Argentines have been experiencing lately. Also, the Brazilians are starting to travel less to the country. On the contrary, the number of European citizens coming to Chile is incresing, as well as people from Peru, the United States and Australia.

What preoccupies the vice president of the Federación de Empresas de Turismo de Chile, Eugenio Yunis, is that “the region of the Americas has in general experienced an growth of 8 percent in the arrival of tourists in the first months of 2014, according to numbers from the World Tourism Organisation.” He also commented on the fact that Chile has a high dependence on the market, so it “leaves our offer in front of a big vulnerability in terms of any kind of economic or political crisis that could occur in these countries”.

On the other hand, the Barómetro also explains that Chile is seeing signs of reduction in terms of the dependence to the market of the Americas, because of the increase of international tourists.

FEDETUR carried out a survey about the prediction for the summer of 2015, to see how the Chileans believe the prognostics will be. The business owners anticipate that the internal tourism will be equal to the one experienced in 2014. 30 percent thinks that it will be better and 20 percent anticipates that it will be worse than the year before.

The places that anticipates most growth is San Pedro de Atacama, Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt, Magallanes, Isla de Pascua and Valparaíso/Viña del Mar.

All in all, it is not only bad news for Chile. It seems as if the Chilean market is changing, which means that the tourism is changing as well. With the low rates of criminality in the country and the high security, the prices have risen and the tourism has felt this change.

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