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Medical tourism is a growing business for metro Medellin thanks to an international reputation for high quality, high technology, friendly service and  competitive prices.


The 21st general assembly of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) September 12-17 brings roughly 1,000 conferees representing some 158 countries to Medellin.


The upcoming Feria Internacional del Sector Eléctrico (FISE) conference November 25-27 at Plaza Mayor convention center in Medellin will host some 15,000 national and international delegates and some 300 exhibitors, one-quarter of which are international companies.


Over the course of traveling around Medellin, Antioquia, and elsewhere in Colombia -- off-and-on over a span of nearly 35 years, the last 13 as a permanent resident -- I’ve chalked-up a list favorite places that also might appeal to similarly nature-oriented, “foodie-oriented” and curio-oriented tourists and expats.


While Medellin has seen a huge reduction in the amount of gang violence that plagued the city during the Medellin Cartel era of more than 20 years ago, drug-trafficking and gang violence still continues to claim victims in Colombia and elsewhere -- with the mostly rural Uraba region of northern Antioquia presenting an especially acute situation.


Medical tourism is a growing business for metro Medellin thanks to a growing international reputation for high quality, high technology, friendly service, competitive prices – and assurance that patients can communicate with key personnel in English.


ProColombia – the government export and investment promotion agency – announced September 2 the launch of a new business information service in order to boost Colombia’s exports of goods other than petroleum and minerals.


 Medellin-based Sociedad Antioqueña de Ornitología (SAO) announced July 28 that it will host its fourth annual Medellin Bird Festival on October 11-16, 2017, featuring guided birding walks around the city, expert lectures by Colombian and international ornithology researchers and birding excursions to world-famous sites such as Jardin (Antioquia) and Manizales (Caldas).


While I’ve been living in metro Medellin full-time for the past 13 years, I’ve been traveling here off-and-on for more than 30 years, mainly to visit family – especially during the year-end holidays.


Medellin Foreign Direct Investment Grows: ACI

Friday, 04 September 2015 10:05 Written by

The Agencia de Cooperacion e Inversion de Medellin y el Area Metropolitana (ACI, Medellin’s investment promotion agency) announced September 3 during the “Medellin and its International Allies” conference that it has overseen US$26 million worth of cooperative investments in 126 programs under a 2012-2015 development plan.


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U.S. native Roberto Peckham, who founded Medellin Herald in 2015, has been residing in metro Medellin since 2005 and has traveled regularly and extensively throughout Colombia since 1981.

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