The number of tourists visiting Cartagena and the region increased by over 26% in the first quarter of 2006. There were 175,401 tourists between January and March. This is up from 138,391 in the same period last year.
This is welcomed by the Councillor for Tourism and the data indicates a healthy increase in tourism in the Region and also indicates that the promotional work carried out by the Department of Tourism and the elevation of some establishments to the "Q for Quality" have been a contributory factor.
The Port area with its bars and restaurants is a popular place for people to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, with the added bonus of the ever changing seascape with yachts and other maritime craft providing interest on the water and at the quayside.
Cartagena itself is making a big effort to entice and entertain visitors and to provide a pleasant ambience for regulars, shoppers and visitors. The tourist route and the new tourist bus being part of that long term planning to turn Cartagena into a real focus of interest for tourists.
The Roman buildings discovered over recent times are another string to the bow of interesting things to see and do, and hopefully this summer will see the increase in tourism gather strength, as the economy of the area will benefit greatly.
Cartagena tourist attractions to be disabled friendly
The Council in Cartagena seeks to make tourist attractions more user friendly for the disabled.
They have prepared a document that outlines what is necessary for tourist attractions in the zone to be made more accessible for the disabled visitor. Those involved in the restoration works of the Roman Theatre in Cartagena for example announced that they are going to install a lift and widen the path to accommodate wheel chair access. The installation of the lift will take place during the renovation of the theatre, will take approximately two months to install and cost about 60,890 euros.