Santiago has been chosen among the three most captivating cities in the world according to CNN International. This ranking put Tokyo, Japan in first place, second place goes to Shanghai, China, third place Santiago, Chile followed by San Francisco in the USA and finally Petra in Jordan.
The Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Pablo Longueira was pleased with the fact that Santiago has been recognized worldwide on numerous occasions as one of the most recommended cities in the world. He mentioned that "part of the promotional effort we are doing as government - together with the private sector - is focused on the markets that have been defined as a priority, that's the case of Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain, UK, France and Germany".
On the other hand, the Undersecretary of Tourism, Jacqueline Plass, said that "during 2011 at least 1.4 million foreigners visited Santiago. More than 40% of the tourists that arrive in Chile visit Santiago; hence the importance of this recognition by CNN International".
Jacqueline Plass also said that "among the most visited places in the capital city are Palacio de la Moneda, Metropolitan Park, Santa Lucía Hill, Plaza de Armas and the Central Market. The average stay of foreign tourists in and around Santiago is approximately 1 week (7-8 days)".