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Ecuador – Land of Chocolate and Roses

By Dr Shahid Qureshi: – :

Maria Cristina Rivadeneira is high official with over 16 years’ experience from the tourism industry of Ecuador representing her country in World Travel Market event at Excel London. The stall presentation is excellent and obviously organizers are doing good job to keep the visitor occupied and engaged.

She was not very happy with the arrangements of the WTM event but like everyone else not happy with the strike by the RMT union of Dockland Light Railways (DLR).

She told me that: “there is almost 8 hours flights from London via Netherland or Spain to Ecuador and there were approximately 15000 tourists visited from Britain last year. They have contributed to the local economy as they spent money on various activities food and dining as well as on handicrafts”. Ecuador is promoting and exporting shrimps and chocolate ( cacao) to the world.

She told me that: “their major exports are oil, roses, coca and tourism. As a result of inflation in the country Ecuador in year 2000 switched its currency to US$ to bring some stability in the country.”

She told me that: “UK citizens visiting Ecuador do not require any visa however any of the Ecuadorian wish to visit UK will have to US$ 300 for visa.”

Maria Critina Rivadeneir a mother of 5 years old daughter and her partner are doing great job for the promotion of their country in London while her mother is looking after their daughter.

Country brief:

Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and churches including the ornate Compañía de Jesús cathedral.

Capital: Quito

Dialing code: +593

Currency: United States Dollar

Population: 15.74 million (2013) World Bank

Official language: Spanish

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