Estimate 3 million tourists in Uruguay this year

Posted on July 26, 2011 • Filed under: Economy, Labor Issues, TRAVEL, Uruguay

Uruguay is estimated to receive 3 million tourists by the end of the year, making the tourism industry one of the largest contributors to the national economy, reports These 3 million visitors are estimated to boost tourism revenue to $2,000 million by the end of 2011 and are already generating thousands of new jobs. The minister of tourism is worried that this boost in jobs will result in a lack of skilled labor, especially with language. The department has proposed a national training system for its thousand of future employees. A new advertising strategy focusses on Brazil and Argentina, those countries with the most tourists that visit Uruguay, but will reach out to rest of the Americas as well. The growing national economy has also made it possible for Uruguayans to travel, and in the first half of the year they spent $295 million dollars outside of the country. The majority travel to Argentina and Brazil, but rising numbers are going to Central and North America and Europe.
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