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Travel and Tourism - Paraguay - April 2009

Despite being a relatively large country that has played a pivotal cultural and historic role in South America’s make-up, in the wider world Paraguay is a virtually unknown quantity. Much of the reasoning for this low visibility is due to the country’s long association with a succession of strong-arm dictators who for almost a century and a half have limited the country’s global presence. In the 1990s though, free and fair democratic elections were held and since then Paraguay has progressed with a reformative period that looks both stable and capable of taking the country forward.

At present, Paraguay’s earnings from tourism are low. However, in August 2008, it published its Tourism Masterplan, laying out its intention and the steps necessary for an increase in tourism income from US$101.790 million in 2007 to as much as US$496.993 million by 2018. In order to achieve the Masterplan’s objective levels of growth, there are two key negative elements that Paraguay must overcome. First, the low visibility of the country as a tourism destination in the bigger spending market countries needs to be addressed. Then once these tourists are in Paraguay, there must be an infrastructure that encourages those tourists to stay at least as long as they would in comparable South American destinations.

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  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. Paraguay

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • Adventure tourism
                  • Angling
                    • Ecotourism
                      • Golf
                        • Health tourism
                          • Historical and cultural tourism
                            • Itaipú and Yacyretá
                              • River tourism
                                • Rural tourism
                                • Tourism and the Economy

                                    • Figure 1: Economy and employment forecast, 2004-18
                                    • Figure 2: Tourism income, 2000-07
                                    • Figure 3: Travel and tourism activity forecast, 2004-18
                                    • Figure 4: Travel and tourism activity, per cent equivalent economy-wide spending, 2004-18
                                    • Figure 5: Travel and tourism activity growth (% per annum), 2004-18
                                • Arrivals

                                  • International
                                    • Figure 6: Paraguay inbound tourism, 2000-07
                                    • Figure 7: Tourist arrivals from high contributing countries, 2000-07
                                    • Figure 8: Projected stay-over and day visitor arrivals growth, 2007-18
                                  • Domestic
                                    • Figure 9: Calculated income from domestic tourism, 2003-08
                                • Market Characteristics

                                  • International
                                    • Purpose of visit
                                      • Seasonality
                                        • Figure 10: Stay-over tourist arrivals, by month, 2007
                                      • Length of stay
                                        • Domestic
                                          • Purpose of visit
                                            • Figure 11: Number of domestic stay-over tourists, by lodging type, 2003*
                                          • Seasonality
                                            • Length of stay
                                            • Transport

                                              • Air
                                                • Road
                                                  • Rail
                                                    • Sea
                                                    • Accommodation

                                                        • Figure 12: Number of hotels, rooms and bedspace, 2000-08
                                                        • Figure 13: Anticipated bedspace distribution, by category, 2018
                                                    • Tourism News

                                                      • Amerindian land rights
                                                        • Deforestation slowdown
                                                          • Drought in the Chaco
                                                            • Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
                                                              • World Travel Market
                                                                • Yellow fever
                                                                • What Next?

                                                                  • Border city tourism development
                                                                    • Domestic tourism
                                                                      • Priority markets
                                                                        • Over-dependence on cross-border shopping tourism
                                                                          • Tourism Masterplan 2008
                                                                              • Figure 14: Ten-year global investment budget, Tourism Masterplan 2008
                                                                            • Water sustainability

                                                                            Travel and Tourism - Paraguay - April 2009

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