September 26, 2009
TOURISM BROUGHT CROWDS AND CASH TO REGION V
Chile celebrated its Independence Day last Sept. 18. The occasion and its celebrations brought a “boom” of travelers who flocked into Vaparaiso, the popular coastal resort, just two hours away from the country’s capital, Santiago, attracted by the pleasant season’s weather, the parties and festivals and the good food. Most of the visitors are local tourists, however some foreign visitors did come for the events and to visit the colorful port, also known locally as “Valpo”
Local authorities and tourism entrepreneurs estimated to have a cash movement, “some 7 percent greater than the same period last year”.
President of the Viña del Mar Chamber of Commerce Marcos Angulo also remarked that the Region benefited from a significant commercial upturn during the holiday period.
This year, the festivities included parades, educational farms and special activities planned for children and adults alike, according to Valparaiso Mayor, Jorge Castro.
The estimated number of tourists increased considerably the strain upon the region’s lodging infrastructure, however it all went without problems, disruptions or incidents, while the civic and festive atmosphere ruled over the area, bringing in welcome income to the attractive seaport, burdened by economic woes. Occasional employment also soared for the mini-season, to the happiness of many local inhabitants.
Tours and travel packages were offered for the occasion, especially in Santiago, while Valparaiso Mayor said “we want to celebrate our Independence festivities in peace, enjoying the events and spending time with our families, savoring empanadas and watching or participating of kite and other sports competitions.