With the festival Bandas de Pueblo closed the festivities in tribute to the 198 years of independence of Cuenca. The show, which filled the Plazoleta Artesanal, in the historic center of the city, had the participation of 11 bands from different cantons of the province of Azuay.
The winners were: first place for the band Caprichos, which belongs to the San Joaquín parish. The second place went to the band of the San Fernando canton and it has the same name and third place for the Pioneras del Austro Band, made up mostly of adolescents from different parishes of the Cuenca canton.
The organizers: Union of Journalists of Azuay, Friendship Club and Standing Committee of Celebrations, distributed $ 2,500 in prizes, among the winners. Nearly 100 thousand tourists came to the city to share the festivities in November and even many of them went to Azogues. According to Patricio Miller, president of the Chamber of Tourism of Cuenca, the hotel sector met their expectations.
“On Thursday there was 90% coverage, on Friday and Saturday it reached 100%.” The positive tourist evaluation in the Azuaya capital was replicated in the rest of the country. The Minister of Tourism, Carlos Larrea, reported Monday, November 5 that 567,489 people traveled from their places of residence and stayed, at least one night, in different destinations.
While during the four days of rest, there was an average of 2 million trips. This movement of people generated, according to data from the State portfolio, $ 58 million during the entire holiday.
Each traveler spent $ 55 daily on average. As for road accidents, the executive director of the National Transit Agency (ANT), Álvaro Guzmán, stressed that during the four days there have been no deaths aboard inter and intraprovincial buses. While Ecu911 reported 7% less serious emergencies than on last year’s holiday. (I)