Four million tourists milestone in sight for Chile

23rd Apr 2013

Chile is well on course to achieve its target of four million foreign tourist arrivals by 2014.

The country's government is predicting it will reach the landmark figure by the end of this year, as tourism in the region continues to grow at an accelerated rate.

President Pinera and his government set out to reach the four million tourists mark by the end of 2014 when he came to power in 2010.

But Undersecretary of Tourism Jacqueline Plass has revealed the target is likely to be achieved a year ahead of schedule.

A total of 3.5 million foreign tourists touched down in Chile in 2012, a figure that was 13% up on the previous year and was paramount in the sector.

"The past year marked a record for incoming tourism in our country," said Plass. "In two years we went from receiving 2.7 million tourists to 3.5 million. The country had not shown these figures of growth since 2005."

The central zone of Chile has positioned itself as a place to be visited by foreigners due to the thriving wine industry, while Santiago de Chile is the centre of the economic boom with its wide range of restaurants and bars.

Easter Island and Atacama Desert are two of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, providing even the most adventurous travellers with an unforgettable trip.

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