Statistics from the city's District Tourism Institute (IDT) for the first quarter of 2011 has revealed a staggering 17.9 % increase in visitors to the capital city from the same period in 2010. Over 271,000 visitors arrived in the city during this period; this translates to Bogotá receiving over 52% of all foreign travellers coming to the country making it the number one destination in Colombia.
An editorial from the Financial Times newspaper commented that Bogotá ranks as one of the four most important future cities in Latin America; its three main principal attractions being international events, cultural attractions and shopping opportunities. The boom in Bogotá's popularity is a reflection of the country's growing confidence, and coupled with the fact that Colombia is also considered one of the new future growing economies known as 'CIVETS' (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa), it can expect a further growth in business and leisure tourism.
Cartagena and Medellín were the second and third most popular destination in Colombia with foreign visitors accounting for 13.2% and 8.9% respectively during the first quarter of this year.