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Cartagena Puerto de Culturas exceeded half a million tourists in 2019 (14/01/2020)

The interpretation centers of Cartagena Puerto de Culturas exceeded in 2019, for the first time, half a million tourists who accessed the centers through the purchase of tickets.

Specifically, 517,381 which represents an increase of 38,381 more than in 2018, that is, an increase of 8%,

The Councilor of the Tourism Area, Manuel Padn, stressed that “exceeding the number of more than half a million visitors is good news for tourism in Cartagena and for companies that depend on it.

We keep beating records of people who come to Cartagena to know our heritage. ”

"To these data," Prez explained, "we have to add the 23,606 people who accessed the centers and museums during the Open House and Museum Night, which amounts to a total of 540,987 tourists."

The month with the highest increase in visitors compared to the previous year was August, with 81,064 tourists, 8,793 more people in absolute terms than 2018, followed by July, May, April and October.


During 2019, regional tourism has registered for the second consecutive year the largest increase in tourists from different parts of the Region, with 13 percent, 24,149 more visitors than in 2018.


As for national tourism, the increase of 13,827 visitors focuses, above all, on those from the Valencian Community, with visitors from Catalonia and Castilla La Mancha.


2019 has registered an increase in tourists from Germany, the United States, Russia, Italy and South America, increasing by 7%, 9%, 1%, 1% and 1% respectively.

In addition, there has been a slight increase in the number of visitors to travel agencies, congresses, cruises and tourism services companies, thanks to the assistance of fairs and organized family trips.

The Councilor for Tourism has said that "the Government's commitment to promote Cartagena in different national and international fairs is essential to consolidate the municipality in the national and international market.

In addition, organizing visits through fam trip or press trip allows us to make tourism resources known to specialists in the tourism sector in the first person and position the destination of Cartagena in national and international media ”.


The Roman Theater Museum remains the most visited, reaching an annual figure of 230,520 visits, with an increase of 5.83% compared to 2018.

The interpretation center in which the number of visitors has increased the most over the past year has been Museum-Refuge of the Civil War, whose percentage of visits has increased by 17.32%, followed by the House of Fortune, with 11.72%, the Augusteum, with 8.83%, and the Catamaran, with 8.20%.

“This growth responds to the impulse of the activities of revitalization and diffusion within the interpretation centers and museums of Cartagena Puerto de Culturas has meant an increase in visits in all heritage spaces, among which are those made during Christmas have had a great success, completing the capacity ”.

These data encourage the Government team to continue working towards the consolidation of a tourist destination, with the opening of new museums and the enhancement of the archaeological heritage of Cartagena to expand the tourist offer and improve the quality of services.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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