The Ministry of Tourism said that during the 4 days of Carnival holiday, a total of 723,000 tourists were moving throughout the country, overcoming the economic movement of the previous year and a recovery in the destination of Esmeraldas.
The Carnival began with the Fiesta de Compadres y Comadres in Parque Calderón de Cuenca. The Azuayos celebrated the beginning of the holiday continuing with the “Feast of Fruits and Flowers” in Ambato. Then, with the traditional celebrations presided over by the “Taita Carnaval” in Guaranda and in Cañar, with Pawkar Raymi; and the Carnival of Coangue in the Chota and with the Jatun Jucho in Chimborazo.
More than 80 events were registered nationwide, highlighting parades, gastronomic festivals, singers, music and dancing and carnival parties in the neighborhoods and parishes, among others.
The Ecuadorian spas also presented high levels of visitation such as: Tonsupa, Atacames, Same and Tonchigüe, in Esmeraldas; Montañita, Ayangue, Salinas and Libertador Bolívar in Santa Elena; Manta and Puerto López in Manabí.
It should be noted that several beaches presented international artists like Jorge Celedón, who motivated even more the joy with the locals and tourists.
Cheese lovers also enjoyed the Quesotón in the Fair Center of the Agricultural Center of the Cantón Mejía and the Cheese Festival in Cayambe. for another food experience, revelers went to the Amazon for the concert “Coca Diverso” and the election of the “Queen of the Flower and Cinnamon” in Macas.
Those who came to the capital enjoyed a unique steam show at the railway station “Eloy Alfaro” of Chimbacalle, with locomotive No. 17 and the National Museum.
During the Carnival, the Integrated Security Service ECU 911 coordinated the attention to more than 59,000 people for emergency care in its 16 centers and 11 operating rooms, with more than 1,000 employees active over the holiday. This work allowed caregivers to provide a timely response to the general public and tourists who visited Ecuador, during the four days of Carnival.
Also, through the video surveillance system of the ECU 911, 4,500 cameras wereoperational throughout the national territory, to carry out a permanent monitoring of the places of massive concentration where tourist and cultural events were developed.
On the coast, the cameras were used to monitor beachgoers; this work was reinforced through Public Address (megaphones installed in the video surveillance cameras) preventive messages that were issued to avoid incidents in areas near the sea.
Of the total attended emergencies recorded during the holiday, 70.2% (41,467) corresponds to Citizen Security, 14.8% (8,748) to Healthcare Management, 9.2% (5,415) to Transit and Mobility, 3.7% (2,190) to Municipal Services, 1.3% (787) to Loss Management, 0.4% (265) to the Military Service and 0.3% (170) to the Risk Management.