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Travel and Tourism - Bolivia - November 2011

Officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, this landlocked country is located in central South America. Double the size of France, it is bordered by Chile and Peru to the west, Brazil to the north and east and Argentina and Paraguay to the south. It is one of the least developed countries in South America even though it has rich natural resources including minerals and natural gas. The country is also one of the largest coca leaf producers in South America.

Bolivia is known for its biodiversity, rich culture and colonial history. The high biodiversity is a result of the county’s location in the Andes close to the tropics. La Paz is the highest capital city in the world, at an altitude of 3,600 metres above sea level. The landscape of the country is enormously varied. It includes the Uyani salt flats, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon rainforest and the Pampas. The old cities of Sucre and Potosí showcase original churches, colonial buildings and museums. Bolivia is home to six UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage sites and 36 ethnic groups.

The majority of tourists come from the neighbouring Andean countries for business, for a visit to friends and relatives (VFR), and for leisure. The US, France, Germany and the UK are the main sources of inbound long-haul visitors, and in the past, Bolivia has been regarded as a backpacker destination for these markets. Recently, however, there been an increase in high-spending tourists and tour-operator groups to the country.

This report looks at the following aspects of the travel and tourism market in Bolivia:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. Bolivia

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • La Paz
                • Salar de Uyani and Salar de Coipasa
                  • The Yungas
                    • Sucre
                      • Potosí
                        • Amazon Basin
                          • Lake Titicaca
                            • Jesuit Mission Circuit
                            • Tourism and the Economy

                                • Figure 1: International tourism receipts, 2005-10
                                • Figure 2: Direct employment in the tourism industry, 2005-09
                            • Arrivals

                              • International
                                • Figure 3: International visitor arrivals, 2000-10
                                • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals, by region, 2005-09
                                • Figure 5: Arrivals from top 10 source markets, by country of residents, 2003-06*
                              • Domestic
                                • Figure 6: Domestic guests in hotels and similar establishments, 2005-09
                            • Market Characteristics

                              • International
                                • Purpose of visit
                                  • Figure 7: International viisitor arrivals, by purpose of visit, 2005-09
                                  • Figure 8: Tourist expenditure in Bolivia, by nationality, 2007*
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Length of stay
                                    • Figure 9: Length of stay, by nationality, 2007*
                                  • Domestic
                                  • Transport

                                      • Figure 10: Tourist arrivals by mode of transport, 2006-10
                                    • Air
                                      • Figure 11: Departures by airport, 2010
                                    • Road
                                      • Rail
                                        • Water
                                        • Accommodation

                                            • Figure 12: Hotel and room supply, 2001 and 2010
                                        • Tourism News

                                          • Organisation of tourism
                                            • Tourism development strategy
                                                • Figure 13: Expected growth in arrivals in selected areas, 2010-20
                                              • Regional partnerships
                                              • What Next?

                                                  • Poor infrastructure
                                                    • Political and social instability
                                                      • Lack of adequate marketing
                                                        • Lack of a skilled tourism and hospitality workforce

                                                        Travel and Tourism - Bolivia - November 2011

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