Mon, 25 Jan 2021

CARACAS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela is not currently considering reopening its borders to foreign visitors, given the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Venezuelan Tourism Minister Ali Padron said Tuesday.

"We don't have the conditions yet for international tourism," Padron said in an interview with Venezuelan state television network VTV.

"We aim to open up the entire spectrum of tourism, but it must be done gradually, safely," Padron added.

Venezuela only recently began the process of reopening domestic tourism "in stages," said Padron.

Due to the pandemic, officials need "to propose a new kind of tourism" that discourages "large crowds at hotel centers" and instead promotes "nature, rural tourism and open spaces," he said.

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