Paraguay: tremendous growth in tourism sector
Sunday, December 23, 2012
By Peter M. Tase
In the last six years passenger circulation in Paraguay’s sole international airport has increased by 300 percent. The government of Paraguay has destined 8 million USD in remodeling and extending the hall ways and passenger boarding areas in Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. Construction project will begin in January next year.
The end of 2012 marked a record high of passengers who traveled through Pettirossi International Airport. It is now that airport authorities have been pressured to begin work in expanding airport capacity and remodel its terminal at the earliest possible time. Paraguay’s largest airport, this year has received the required certification from the United States authorities which enable it to become a departure point for American Airlines which begun its direct flights from Asuncion to Miami in November 16, 2012.
It is expected that Paraguayan treasury and the ministry of finance will administer the financial resources for this project, as the National Agency of Civil Aviation (DINAC), the latter of which has coped over the past two decades with dwindling resources that have hindered it from implementing these infrastructure remodeling.
This project includes the installation of two additional boarding gates, a central hall and several additional projects in the runway and presidential pavilion.
Additionally the southern resting area of international departures is also on the list.
In the recent years, Paraguay has experienced a very positive growth in the tourism industry not only in visits to Asuncion but also in its eco-tourism sector. Hikers are drawn to the rocky region of Amambay, while rafters, kayakers and canoeists try out the country’s rivers, such as the namesake Paraguay, as well as the Tebicuary and Acaray rivers.