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Friday, September 10, 2010

Hotels spring up as Colombia grows safer for tourists

Investment-friendly government of departing President Alvaro Uribe, along with a U.S.-funded military crackdown, is transforming Colombia's image as a land of civil war, drug trafficking and insecurity on the streets.

August 06, 2010|By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia — If you seek a monument to the security gains Colombia has made under President Alvaro Uribe's eight-year administration, the newly inaugurated JW Marriott Hotel here is a good place to look.
Improved security, the dynamic economy and some tax breaks are attracting the major international hotel chains that for decades shied away from Colombia. Uribe, who leaves office Saturday, officiated at the 264-room Marriott's ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
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