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Chilean tourism goal of 55 thousand visitors over the America's Cup

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Tourism
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An increase of 55%. Between 1 and June 14 entered the country 139 000 foreigners from 11 nations, plus Chile, competing in the America's Cup

According to statistics of the Police Investigations (PDI) obtained at all border access between 1 and June 14 they entered the country 139 000 foreigners from 11 nations, plus Chile, competing in the Copa America.

This is 49 000 more than in the same period last year tourists, representing an increase of 55%. These declared when entering the country that the purpose of the trip was to attend the Copa America.

The prefect inspector Alfredo Chiang, head of Immigration and National Police PDI International, said that meetings have been promoted "to plan and execute the work was to be done before this significant increase in passengers." He said he became a "reinforcement of all, both air and land border crossings."

Despite positive overall figures in terms of tourist arrivals, and thus potential consumers of housing, food, transportation and entertainment in the nine host cities, not all cities where the event take place cheerful accounts.

Antofagasta is the case where a match already played, Uruguay against Jamaica, then just one more: Paraguay against the Caribbean country. On the sidewalk opposite is La Serena, where the presence of Argentina in that city, attracted more than 24 000 trasandinos.

Unfortunately for in Antofagasta, the fans of the games played there are scarce: from Jamaica entered the country about 50 supporters, thousand from Paraguay, two thousand from Uruguay. From the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Antofagasta, feel that the headquarters was damaged by the destination of the competing teams.

"It's been slow, barely had nine thousand seats filled. Hopefully we improve, but never had high expectations: as always centralism prevailed and left damaged in relation to other venues such as La Serena. We hope to improve tomorrow (today), but we bet more by the Chilean visitors, "said Mauricio Lebanon, union president.

In La Serena, meanwhile, reservations are full for months, according to Laura Cerda, president of the Chamber of Tourism of the Region of Coquimbo. "It's been crazy for Messi, have come much Argentine fan, a profile other than the summer when more families come," Cerda said.

The official added that high demand has created supply problems money at ATMs.

Another venue that saw increases in tourism is Temuco, a city that sheltered the debut of Brazil against Peru, and which will also play Colombia.

"The occupation is already 75% and we expect to reach 85% or 90%. We have done very well with the Brazilians and Peruvians, despite the cold. They loved the Chilean food in the market, "said Mauricio del Canto, president of the Chamber of Tourism of Temuco.

Traslation Belén Zapata