International tourism entrepreneurs travel through Colombia looking for business

Casanare, an unforgettable natural destination in Colombia.

Photo: Courtesy: Alexis Puerta, @turismocasanare

Between September 9 and 14, a delegation from 45 international entrepreneurs will get to know the tourist offer of the nature and adventure segment of the “Six Tourist Regions of the Country”, through six sightseeing trips promoted by ProColumbia in alliance with tour operators who offer new and different experiences in different destinations. Buyers come from USA, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Netherlands and more.

These sightseeing trips are part of Colombia Nature Travel Mart, a nature tourism business conference that will bring together around 90 national entrepreneurs with the same number of international buyers, where it is expected to generate US$8 million in business. This macro round will be held in Manizales, the following September 14 (virtual), 15 and 16 and is led by ProColombia in alliance with the Caldas Government, the Mayor of Manizales and Visit Manizales.

“Colombia Nature Travel Mart will be a great platform for the internationalization of the wide range of nature tourism that our country has, one of the richest in biodiversity on the planet, and comes at a time when receptive tourism is in clear growth.” , after the delay caused by the pandemic. Overall, we will present buyers with an offer of products that promote responsible tourism, with the cross-sectoral component of sustainability and respect for the environment and communities,” he said. Gilbert Salcedo, Vice President of Tourism of ProColombia.

Tour of the six tourist regions

The offer of new tourist experiences that Colombia will present to buyers includes destinations from different tourist regions of the country, with segmented products based on the different tourist profiles.

One of them consists of activities related to bird watching, aimed exclusively at women, in the Colombian massif, specifically in the destinations of Huila and Putumayo, managed by the company Nature Colombia. Destination Wildlife, American Birding Association, Field Guides Incorporated, The Birding Co-Op, all from the United States, will participate in this trip; Costa Rica Focus and Avocet Tours, from Canada.

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On the tour offered by the company the columbia project entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to get to know the country’s coffee culture, in Caldas, with experiences that range from bike tours through the coffee plantations to hikes to the swamps and snow areas of Los Nevados National Park, one of the most impressive places in the Colombian western Andes. 10 entrepreneurs will take part in this tour from countries such as France (Allibert Treking), Poland (Nomade), the United States (Inspire World Travel, Travelstore), Canada (Quivertree Family Expeditions, Wells Luxury Travel) and the United Kingdom (Stubborn Mule Travel, Last Frontiers, Journey Latin America).

Another group of 8 businessmen will tour Colombian Pacific Region and part of Western Andes, on a tour organized by the company Heal And Travel, which includes offers inspired by magical realism related to physical and spiritual healing through direct contact with nature. Activities include a tour that includes whale watching in Chocó, accommodation in ecolodges immersed in the Pacific jungle; conscious walks, coffee tastings and cacao ceremonies in Antioquia.

Colombian tour operator JE Tours Y Amak Colombia Travel & Living, Through his Amak brand, he will host nine businessmen from Germany, Canada, France, Mexico and the United States, who will be offered a tour that begins with bird and butterfly watching in Cali, passing through the San Cipriano Forest Reserve, Uramba. Buenaventura and Bahía Málaga National Natural Park, where you can practice whale watching.

The region Amazon – Orinoquia will host nine more businessmen who will arrive from Argentina, Canada, France, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica to experience an adventure through the jungle, on the way to La Macarena. The operator of this exploratory trip is the company GoExplore, which offers as part of the experience visits to Caño Cristales, walks, hiking through the canyon of the Guayabero River and pink dolphin watching.

Another group of seven businessmen from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands will visit Orinoquía, addressing Casanare to immerse yourself in the vast savannah of the department, in search of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians, amidst an environment that also offers an unforgettable botanical experience.

in the prelude to Colombia Natura Travel Mart The Chaining Round was also held between August 25 and 26 with the participation of 48 exporters, 249 suppliers and 803 scheduled meetings.

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Among the novelties, the offering of hotel projects such as Ankua, an eco-hotel with a different value proposition, in the Greater Colombian Caribbean region; Casa Rosé, in Carmen de Viboral and Hacienda Santa Rosanna, in Risaralda. Similarly, air taxi companies such as Fly Colombia and agencies that facilitate the diversification of the portfolio of Colombian wholesalers, such as Tolima Travel, Amazonía Travel and Colombian Bike Roads, with a unique product for tourists interested in motorcycle tours.

Similarly, before CNTM, a press trip was carried out in alliance with Swarovski Optik, an Austrian company specializing in high-end surveillance devices, ProColombia accompanied eight international journalists specialized in nature tourism, by media such as the Financial Times of London and ABA Birding Magazine of the United States and Linnut of Finland, among others, on a tour of the departments of Nariño and Putumayo.

For eight days, the journalists experienced a journey through the different thermal floors, passing through the incredible páramos of the Colombian massif to the Amazon forests of Putumayo, developing activities to observe the flora and fauna.

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