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Colombia is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in South America. Emerging from decades of drug trafficking and civil conflict, the Colombian state envisages tourism as a key pillar of its economic and social development, and as an essential factor for maintaining peace inside the country. The rapid development of the tourism industry is coupled with the country’s sustained economic growth. In 2014, Colombia became the third largest economy of Latin America after Brazil and Mexico.

Located in the northwestern part of South America, Colombia had a population of 47.8 million in 2014, according to the World Bank. Although one of the most stable democracies in Latin America, a region marked by military coups and dictatorships, Colombia has been on the brink of state failure ...

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