Venezuela is located in the northern part of South America. Its name comes from an indigenous village Venice-uela, located on Lake Maracaibo. Its capital is Caracas. Venezuela has a tourism ministry called the Ministerio del Poder Popular para el Turismo de Venezuela (MINTUR, Ministry of People’s Power for Venezuelan Tourism). a state travel tourism operator called Venezolana de Turismo (VENETUR, Venezuelan Tourism), and an institution in charge of tourism promotion called Instituto Nacional del Turismo (INATUR, National Tourism Institute). Venezuela has a strategic plan for tourism development with goals it has set to reach by 2019, with the main goal being the inclusion of tourism as a main sector of the national economy. Venezuela offers many attractions for tourists, including the sun and sand of ...

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