Venezuela’s tourist industry plays a major role in the country’s economy. Today,
tens of thousands of foreign tourists visit the country from Europe and North
America, and Venezuelans also frequent the country’s beaches and tourist attractions
The growth in tourism is a relatively recent development. Throughout the 1960s
and 1970s, the Bolívar was a formidable currency. It was, therefore, considerably
cheaper for Venezuelans to holiday abroad, mostly to Miami and other North American
destinations. However, the 1980s saw the fall of the Bolívar against the Dollar
with a drop so dramatic that Venezuelans could no longer afford to visit the
now expensive North American resorts, and instead began to holiday at home.
Among the most popular tourist destinations in the country are the Angel Falls,
Isla Margarita, The Caribbean islands, Los Llanos, The Gran Sabana, The Orinoco
Delta, The Andes and Amazonas.
A growing number of travel agents, hotels and posadas can be found in all towns
and cities. Facilities at resorts are developing fast and now package deals to
the country are being sold in Europe and North America.