New York City—The U.S. capital city of the country’s north, with its historic harbor and dense city center, has long been home to the countrys most famous tourists.
But over the last decade, the number of Colombians visiting the U.K. has dropped precipitously, and now the number visiting the United States has decreased too.
That’s because Colombia’s tourist industry has been hit hard by a combination of the global economic downturn, and by a series of anti-government protests in which anti-immigrant demonstrators have killed dozens and driven more than 100,000 people from their homes.
“It’s a crisis,” says Ana Coronado, a Colombian travel agent in Brooklyn.
“People are afraid to travel here anymore.
People are afraid of being attacked by thugs or being robbed.
So the tourism industry has lost a lot of revenue.
And that’s not the first time that Colombia has experienced this.
It’s happened before.”