16/01/2016 Almost as many tourists as inhabitants

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Nearly three million foreign tourists visited Uruguay in 2015, reported Tourism and Sports Minister Liliam Kechichián during a press conference in Montevideo. This represented a further increase of 5.5% over the previous year. Tourism industry revenues totalled close to 1.8 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 7.7% of Uruguay’s GDP.

57% of the tourists came from Argentina, an increase of 15.3% over the previous year. The number of visitors from Brazil fell by 7%, due to the economic crisis in the neighbouring nation and the resulting devaluation of the real. The capital Montevideo, with 935,000 visitors, was the top destination for foreign tourists, followed by the fashionable beach resort of Punta del Este with 620,000 visitors and the northwest coast of the department of Rocha with 424,000. Colonia del Sacramento, the capital of the department of Colonia, received 256,000 tourists.