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Galapagos tourism increased 5% during the first half of 2015

December 3, 2015

Tourists in Galapagos

According to a semi-annual report by the Galapagos National Park Directorate and the Galapagos Tourism Observatory, 113,613 people visited the Islands in the first half of this year. This is an increase of 5% over the same period in 2014, when the Archipelago received 108,322 visitors. The report is based on data from the Galapagos Transit Control Card (TCT), which every visitor must complete prior to admission.

The Rangers of the Directorate of Public Use for the Park recorded the arrival of 78,864 foreign tourists and 34,749 national visitors in the first half of 2015, 76% of whom entered from the airport on Baltra Island; 24% from the airport in San Cristóbal.

Ecuadorians accounted for 31% of all tourists, while American visitors were again the most prevalent among foreign visitors at 29% followed by Canada and the UK (5%), Argentina and Germany (4%), Australia (3%), and Switzerland and France (2%). The remaining 23% were divided among 153 other nationalities.

Of the 113,613 tourists who came to Galapagos, 75,503 preferred to stay in one of the inhabited towns, an increase of 8% (5,592 people) from last year.

Translated with permission from the Galapagos National Park Directorate.

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