Venezuela hosts 529,219 foreign tourists in eight months
The figure represents a 29.6 percent increase compared to 2011, data from the Venezuela's Ministry of Tourism reveals
Between January and August 2012, Venezuela has hosted 529,219 foreign tourists, a 29.60 percent increase in comparison with 2011, when Venezuela received 408,334 foreign visitors, Alejandro Fleming, Minister of Tourism, reported.
The minister also informed that Venezuela hit the record high in incoming tourism between January and August. "Until now the record was 480,429 visitors, set in 2008. We already exceeded that number in 2012," Fleming said.
He also asserted that the Ministry of Tourism expects that private and state-run tour operators would be able to receive a million tourists a year.
Over the last two years, a steady rise in incoming tourism has been recorded in Venezuela. The country hosted 535,270 and 625,224 foreign visitors in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Translated by Andreína Trujillo
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