Expansion of the business units will strengthen Carnival in the future

Expansion of the business units will strengthen Carnival in the future

The possibility of continuing to open business units to strengthen the carnival was one of the proposals shared by the experts in the discussion “The Economic Impact of the Barranquilla Carnival” organized by the Ceipa University Institution.

David Borge, the District Tourism Office’s tourism information system coordinator and a Ceipa teacher, said it’s an opportunity to strengthen those unions that contribute to growth.

“There is the opportunity to continue opening business units such as aparthotels, even tourist houses and improving the gastronomic offer,” he said.

He added that proposals need to be worked on so that the visitor can spend another day.

“This year we set a record for travel time because it was pretty consistent that these people lasted at least two days, but of course Monday was the day we started letting that visitor go, so we can even work with the national government to deal with that day into a holiday,” said Borge.

Carla Celia, former director of Carnival SAS, in turn said that initiatives like this from the academy should be followed by other institutions.

“Hopefully, many worktables will come out of this so that our students learn the importance of carnival not only at the city level in the economy, but also at the national level,” Celia emphasized in the panel moderated by the director of Ceipa Nodo Barranquilla, Manuel de la Rose.

According to preliminary data from the tourism system, the city received 668,691 national and international visitors during Carnival.

Tourists came from various destinations such as the US, Spain, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Germany, England, France, Belgium, Canada, Peru and Japan. Also from cities in the country such as Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cartagena, Valledupar and Medellín.

National tourists spent about $1,950,000, while foreigners spend an average of $2,800,000, almost double what the average visitor to the city usually spends.

Source: El heraldo