In the first quarter of this year, 1.2 million foreign tourists arrived in Chile, which represents a 14% increase over the same period a year ago, reported the Under Secretary of Tourism Jacqueline Plass.
This means 150.000 more tourists arrived in Chile to enjoy their southern hemisphere summer holidays. Argentines were top of the list with over half a million, or 46% of the total, followed by Brazilians and Colombians.
However Plass indicated that the number of tourists arrived increased from all regions, not only Mercosur and South America.
“For the first time in three years the arrival of European tourists has started to grow, 6%, representing 157.000 tourists with Germany leading with a 12% increase, followed by France, 6% and Spain, 14%, but in numbers below its fellow Europeans.
Likewise North America for the second year running saw a 4% increase totalling 73.000 tourists. Particularly interesting has been the case of Mexicans which jumped 20% over the previous season a year ago.
On the three months, February was the most active with a 27% increase and the largest number of foreign tourists. Argentines registered a 49% increase over the same month in 2011.
Finally Ms Plass pointed out that the very positive and encouraging balance means “that our promotion strategies in different markets are rewarding”.
The tourism movement in the first quarter was elaborated with stats from the Chilean tourism office Sernatur based on information from the International Police and Foreigners Command, “which reflects the close links and support for the Chilean tourism industry”.