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According to UNESCO, the cultural sector in Colombia contributes to the GDP with 3.41% of the total. The population that has an occupation related to this sector is 2.1%. Comparing it with the GDP contribution of other industries such as transportation (3.21%) and construction (3.20%), cultures has become extremely important.

Culture’s role in development has been recognized by the government and integrated into National Development Plans. Colombian authorities have taken efforts to generate an all-inclusive policy to promote the culture sector as a fundamental part of development.

Nowadays there is significant demand of foreign and domestic cultural goods, services, and activities.

The cultural activities to which we refer range from visits to cultural venues, concerts, theatres, music festivals, television, cinema, radio, advertising, musical and artistic activities, art, design, museums, libraries, architecture, and historical and archaeological monuments. All this has made Colombia reach a highly evolved cultural environment, while maintaining an increase in the demand for culture.

Culture is so important for the economy that the Colombian government has developed and promoted a crucial Cultural Tourism.

Colombia arouses great interest to foreign travelers: it has 9 destinations named Material Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, has significant gastronomic tourism, is known for being the country of a thousand rhythms for its wide musical diversity, and has 17 towns proclaimed as Colombian Heritage that highlight the architecture, customs, and history of the regions. All this represents an important opportunity for the cultural and cultural tourism sectors.

Fuentes:
PROCOLOMBIA. (22 de Enero de 2021). Obtenido de PROCOLOMBIA.COM: https://procolombia.co/actualidad/turismo-cultural-una-oferta-atractiva-y-responsable
UNESCO. (2014). UNESCO. Obtenido de https://es.unesco.org/creativity/sites/creativity/files/cdis/cdis_analytical_brief_-_colombia_0_1.pdf



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¡Hablemos de Colombia!

Su nombre oficial es la República de Colombia, se ubica en el extremo noroccidental de América del Sur, y cuenta con una superficie terrestre de 1,141,748 km² lo que lo hace uno de los 5 territorios más grandes en América Latina. Cuenta además con una ubicación geográfica privilegiada pues tiene costas en el Pacifico y en el Atlántico, lo que le permite ser un punto de exportación importante en América Latina.

Su capital es la ciudad de Bogotá, situada al centro del país y considerada una de las más importantes. A diferencia de otros países, Colombia tiene varias ciudades económicamente competitivas, brindándole una gran diversidad económica, entre ellas podemos destacar a Medellín, Tunja, Calí, Bucaramanga. La población registrada hasta 2021 fue de 51.049.498 habitantes, y su densidad de población es de 43.6 habitantes por km2. De acuerdo con el FMI su PIB per cápita en 2020 fue de $5,207 USD.

En lo que a su moneda nacional se refiere es el peso colombiano, donde $1 USD equivale $3.744 pesos colombianos, mientras que $1 peso colombiano es igual a $0.0052 pesos mexicanos. Según estimaciones del FMI, Colombia es la 4ª economía de América Latina y la 39º a nivel mundial.

Colombia participa con el 3.5 % de las exportaciones de América Latina, sobresaliendo las exportaciones de café, petróleo, bananas, carbón, oro y flor cortada. Los principales países a los que exporta actualmente son EE. UU, China, México, Brasil, y Ecuador, mientras que sus importaciones provienen primordialmente de EE. UU, China, México, Brasil, y Alemania.

La economía colombiana ha tenido un crecimiento estable gracias a componentes como el tamaño de su mercado, el volumen de sus recursos naturales (café, esmeraldas, petróleo y carbón, entre otros). El FMI señala que el crecimiento del PIB colombiano ha sido de 2.08% en 2016, 1.35% en 2017, 2.5% en 2018 y 3.3% en 2019. Después de la pandemia, el PIB real se incrementó 10,6% en 2021. Para el 2022, el FMI estima un crecimiento de 5,8%.


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Altios Mexico celebrates Mexican Culture

The Day of the Dead o “Día de Muertos” is a traditional Mexican celebration that takes place on November 1st and 2nd.

This tradition is one of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture and is considered by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

It is a tradition of pre-Hispanic origin in which death was worshipped to honor the life of the deceased so that one day every year they could wake up from eternal sleep and share it with their loved ones.

One of the most important and representative elements of Day of the Dead is the altar or “ofrenda” that is set up to celebrate the arrival of the dead. The altar must have various decorative elements, as well as food, drink, or sweets that the deceased liked as a tribute to them. The most symbolic elements in a the “Ofrenda” are: Incense or copal (It cleans the place of evil spirits and allows the soul to enter safely), water (signifies the purification of the soul), salt (keeps the body from corrupting on the journey back), candles (they guide the soul to their homes), flowers (symbol of festivity because of the colors and aromatic trails), pan de muerto (a paternal offering; the Christian church offers it as «the body of Christ»)., sugar skulls (allusion to the death), and photographs (images of the dead loved ones to whom the altar is offered).

Day of the dead is a powerful celebration that allows Mexicans to confront the final destination with the promise of reencountering their loved ones. Altios Mexico’s team joined the celebration of the Day of the Dead by setting up the traditional «ofrenda».