first_imgThe Chile Tourism Board informed that the major tourist destinations in the country are operating normally following the September 16 earthquake. This information is based on a preliminary assessment made by the country’s undersecretary of tourism in conjunction with the National Tourism Service.The earthquake measuring 8.4 in magnitude, with its epicentre located more than 280 miles from the capital Santiago, mainly impacted the northern Chilean cities of Coquimbo and Illapel.Chilean tourism authorities say the country’s major tourism destinations, including the Antofagasta region, San Pedro de Atacama and its surrounding areas, including the southern area of country in Patagonia, are operating normally and have not been negatively affected. Regions including O’Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía, Los Ríos, Los Lagos and Chilean Patagonia, location of Torres del Paine National Park, are fully operational.Chile’s capital city of Santiago, and its surrounding areas, including Valparaíso and wine regions, are operating normally and have not been affected by the quake. Airports throughout the country, including Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, were operating normally.In other related news, Chilean Tourism Minister recently announced that Chile is waiving visa requirements for visitors from China, provided that they have a visa for the United States or Canada.last_img

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