During the past year, tourism accounted for 4.61% of Venezuela’s gross domestic product (GDP), said Olga Azuaje, Minister of People’s Power for Tourism.
“This is very important for the country, because we have to remember that there is a global economic crisis . . . nevertheless, we can say we have a country, strengthened by the policies of the national government, has been able to keep the crisis at bay,” Minister Azuaje indicated.
Azuaje emphasized that there is currently an opportunity in Venezuela, both for the government as well as for the private sector, to boost tourism as an important economic activity for the country’s development.
“This is an opportunity to make tourism a way of social life that contributes to the country’s economic indicators, and at the same time, Bolivarian socialism should be projected through this area,” she indicated.
Regarding the numbers of tourists counted for the 2009 Carnival activities, the Minister said that this number increased by 3% compared to the same period last year.
In this sense, she affirmed that the growth in national tourism is due to government policies to increase the people’s quality of life and ensure they have the means to travel through and enjoy Venezuela.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 23, 2009