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Galapagos tourism increased 6% during 2014

May 6, 2015

Tourists at South Plazas Island in Galapagos.

The climate and the quality of visitor sites are deciding factors
for choosing Galapagos as a tourist destination.

The Galapagos National Park, through the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment, completed an analysis of data provided by visitors who entered the protected areas of the archipelago over the past year. According to the analysis, a total of 215,691 tourists entered Galapagos during 2014, up 6% compared to 2013. Of these visitors, 70% (149,997) were from foreign countries and 30% (65,694) were domestic.
 
Ecuadorians accounted for 30% of all tourists, while American visitors were the most prevalent among foreign visitors at 26%, followed by Britain (6%), Germany, Canada, and Australia (4% each), and Argentina (3%). The remaining 23% were divided among 153 other nationalities.
 
Regarding forms of tourism, the report indicates that 35% of travelers visit the Islands on cruises lasting approximately 7 days, while 65% prefer to stay in the various inhabited towns for a period of around 5 days. Seventy-four percent of tourists entered Galapagos through the airport in Baltra; the remainder through that in San Cristóbal .
 
The data reflected in the report corresponds to information provided by tourists via the Transit Control Card, which is recorded into the tourist information system of the Galapagos National Park. This annual visitor report will be published in full within the next few weeks.

Translated with permission from the Galapagos National Park.

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