Beginning in July, it is estimated that the season will end with hotel occupancy above 85%. The holiday season in Cartagena started strongly: in the last three weekends, more than 70,000 people have passed through the city.
By land, the mobilization of 97,000 people is expected according to information provided by the Sociedad Aeroportuaria de la Costa S. A. (Sacsa), it is expected to receive more than 300,000 passengers per month between the months of July and August.
Today we can say that the tourist season is on a very good path, much better than that of 2019, «said the mayor of Cartagena, William Dau Chamat. “This season is the longest of the year, despite the fact that we have all seen or perceived that Cartagena has never stopped receiving visitors, and this is the result of the work and effort of everyone, businessmen and us as a government.
The president added that in order to keep the city safe for residents and visitors, the administration, together with the Police and the National Navy, have prepared a security and mobility device to guarantee the tranquility of locals and visitors.
Therefore, we want to guarantee the rights of people, both Cartagenans and visitors, fighting together against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents”, “Together with the city authorities we have joined efforts in order to leave behind the stigma that our city has had for many years cataloged as a ‘city of excesses’ added Dau Chamat.
The district administration makes a new commitment to sustainable tourism. For this reason, they promote natural and cultural spaces for the enjoyment of natives and tourists, with which they hope to position Cartagena for its qualities and riches.
On the other hand, “visitors should have the best experience in our city. They come to our house and we want them to feel welcome, for everyone to return telling stories of a memorable vacation”, said Natalia Bohórquez, executive president of the Cartagena Tourism Corporation (Corpoturismo).
The opening of the three new international routes, such as Mexico, Madrid and Santo Domingo, which has allowed the arrival of more tourists, contributing to the economic and tourism reactivation, mentioned the president of Corpoturismo.
In the report delivered by the Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies Northwest Chapter (Anato) it is explained that there is a reactivation of 89% compared to the same period in 2019, with the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Chile being the countries with the highest issue.
How will mobility be this season?
The driver education team has established pedagogical points at kilometer 0, Vía al Mar, Transport Terminal, Rafael Núñez airport and Historic Center, with the aim of socializing the mobility measures that apply in the city, such as the pick and plate for private vehicles and motorcycles, and current taxi fares.
The mayor of Cartagena adopted temporary measures related to the entry and circulation of vehicles in Bocagrande, Castillogrande and El Laguito, on the occasion of the tourist season by means of Decree 0962 of July 5, 2022:
The circulation of vehicles such as special, intermunicipal and interdepartmental service buses is restricted, from July 5 and July 17, 2022, on the roads of Bocagrande, Castillogrande and El Laguito, 24 hours a day.
Between July 5 and July 17, 2022, the permanence and parking of special, intermunicipal and interdepartmental service bus vehicles on the public roads of the Bocagrande, Castillogrande and El Laguito neighborhoods is prohibited, 24 hours a day. .
The measure also prohibits, between July 5 and July 17, 2022, the entry of vehicles such as special, intermunicipal and interdepartmental service buses into the island area of Barú, 24 hours a day, except vehicles owned by hotels and accommodation sites. Reported Cartagena Herald, news and information agency.