Some 2,600 Colombian and Peruvian tourists arrived in Ecuador between July 4th and 8th, with regard to the visit of Pope Francisco, who was in Ecuador for four days. This meant income for the country for about US$ 1 million.
418 million Dollars is the figure that entered Ecuador from tourism in the first quarter of this year. It represents an increase of 14% over the same period of 2014. Foreign exchange earnings from tourism reflect a sustained increase for 21 consecutive quarters.
The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador, with the aim of strengthening Health and Welfare tourism, presented the topic trends in Europe and Latin America. The conference was led by the director of TERMATALIA, Alexander Rubin, who was introduced by the MINTUR National Markets Director, Christian Mera.
In the "City of Catamayo" Airport, located in the province of Loja, the tourists’ airport welcome program was launched. It is part of the "Travel First Ecuador" Campaign. This program is run by the Ministry of Tourism, in conjunction with the autonomous governments in the province.
During the laying of the foundation stone of the Ibis Hotel, the first of ten (10) planned to be built in the country, the Minister of Tourism, Sandra Naranjo, stressed that investments are the best allies of the Ecuadorian tourism.
On June 14th Ecuador received the Pure Life Experiences Team. This team is made up of by Serge Dive, CEO, CJ Holdem, Marketing Director, and Emma Squire, Pure Events Manager. A FAM trip took place until June 20th, 2015.
On June 17th, within the framework Ecuador’s participation in the B2B Experience Latin America (ELA) Fair, the Minister of Tourism, Sandra Naranjo, presented the second phase of the promotional campaign "All You Need Is Ecuador" to the tourism industry, the media and special guests from London.
From July 6th to the 8th, Ecuador hosted the visit of Pope Francis. During his visit he toured the main attractions of the cities of Quito, Guayaquil and El Quinche. Several strategies where developed in this event of transcendental importance for the country to promote religious tourism and attract international visitors.
The issue of adventure tourism as a potential offer by Ecuador was the topic addressed in a press conference offered, once the "Adventure Week", held in Ecuador from the 14th to 23rd, June was over.
Last June 24, a group of Ecuadorian journalists attended the development of the Seventeenth Humpbacks Watching Festival, which officially started the humpback whales sightings season in the Puerto Lopez Canton, Manabi Province.