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Colombia has multiple options for its visitors, which gather different activities directed to both amateurs and professionals interested in recreational nautical activities.
Today, more foreigners visit the Colombian coasts through different cruise lines. It is no secret that tourism has experienced a remarkable growth; therefore, the Colombian government is recognizing the need to develop marina infrastructure in order to meet the rising demand of nautical tourism. The Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism has publicly declared the development of Nautical Tourism in Colombia as a top priority. Silversea is one of the solid cruise line examples that have included the Colombian Pacific Coast as one of their new cruise ships’ destinations for 2014. In addition, Royal Caribbean International has considered including San Andres as a port of call for a new itinerary.
The wide variety of water activities in the Colombian coasts is generally combined with exciting and culturally-rich sightseeing options. Tourists bring demand of goods and services that strengthens the economy of these ports. Destinations, such as Cartagena de Indias, are taking profit of the many nautical enthusiasts who visit by cruise or vessel. The magical city that successfully hosted the 20th Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Annual Conference in 2013 accommodated more than 700 attendees from U.S. and Caribbean destinations as well as the 15 member lines of the Cruise Association.
To enforce nautical tourism, Colombia has achieved the support of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as a recommended nautical destination. It is the first time a U.S. delegation of the nautical industry has attended the Cartagena Boat Show.