Albeit figures show an increase in visitors, 7,069 tourists more from January to June 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, the time that travelers stay in Quito has not improved. A foreign visitor stays 1.6 days on average. This is documented by the Tourism Chamber of Pichincha and Quito.
For the President of the Chamber Diego Vivero, a challenge for the capital is to increase the number of nights a tourist stays in the city. “Many make of Quito a starting point for other destinations,” he says. Verónica Sevilla, the manager of the Quito Tourism agency, agrees that a barrier that has not yet been overcome is the average permanence. “The average number of days in Quito raises the need to show a city with more content,” she admits.