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On July 30, TravelAgentCentral.com highlighted Colombia’s first Travel Rewards and Incentives Program (TRIP), launched in partnership with the Colombian Tourism Board and Travel Agent University.
National Geographic Traveler reports that Cartagena’s amenities are “colonial chic,” with new boutique hotels transforming the Old City. USA Today says, “Strange and wonderful things are afoot in [Bogota].” Now, getting to these hot destinations from the United States has never been easier with dozens of direct, non-stop flights from major American cities, such as Miami, New York, and Houston.
InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced that it has signed an agreement with Colombia-based Espacios Urbanos S.A. to manage a new-build InterContinental property in Cartagena. Scheduled to open in early 2013, the 280-room InterContinental Cartagena will be located in the city’s Bocagrande district – beachfront on San Martin Avenue – approximately two miles from the historic walled Old City and five miles to Rafael Nunez International Airport.
Marriott International is betting on Colombia as a hot destination for leisure and business travelers in the months and years ahead. On July 30, the renowned brand celebrated the grand opening of its luxury hotel JW Marriott Bogota, the company’s second property in the country in less than a year. It’s a wise wager: international tourism in Colombia is growing at a rate of almost four times the global average and The New York Times says that the country is “one of the 31 places to go in 2010.”
The New York Times reports that travelers are calling Colombia “Latin America’s next affordable hot spot,” saying that Cartagena is “Latin America’s hippest secret,” and Bogota “has emerged as a role model of urban reinvention.” National Geographic Traveler reports that Cartagena’s amenities are “colonial chic,” with new boutique hotels transforming the Old City, a romantic setting that inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “Love in the Time of Cholera.” And USA Today says, “Strange and wonderful doings are afoot in [Bogota].” No wonder visitor arrivals to Colombia were up more than 10% last year, 23% of this from the United States.
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