Published on : Friday, December 1, 2017
The city’s Director of Tourism and Economic Promotion, Carolina Cárdenas Sosa, reported that because of different activities which have been conducted in the framework of the appointment of Merida American Capital of Culture, the visitor number has been up in comparison to last year, when tourism increased by two percent.
“Each year we close with one million 250 thousand tourists but this year it is expected to close with one million 400 thousand, so we have a 16% growth, considering a huge percentage compared to the previous year,” he explained.
In Mérida, between 2015 and 2016, there were almost 10,170 visitors and in 2017 till September there were 136,000, out of which 80% was contributed by national tourism and the other 20% are international tourists.
He said that the growth was due to the extensive dissemination of Merida as the American Capital of Culture, so “everybody is hearing about this city more than other years.” Also, he highlighted that 2018 promise positive in terms of various events that will be organized for the celebration of the 476 years of the discovering of Mérida, in addition to the Filux Festival of the Lights, which will be held from 4th to 7th January, the success of the marathon and the elaboration of the Southeast’s Largest “Rosca de Reyes” (Christmas Bread), that will take place Jan. 5.