What’s the number one misconception about Colombia? “People think it’s written with a ‘u’,” laughed Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, during his visit to Utah earlier this month. 

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The world of sculpture has carved out a new figurehead. On Wednesday, the Nasher Sculpture Center named Colombian artist Doris Salcedo the winner of the inaugural Nasher Prize, an award that will henceforth be presented annually to a living artist who has made an indelible impact on the field of sculpture.

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November 5, 2015- News Clips -  36 Hours In Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá is popping up more and more on travelers’ radar these days, thanks to its increased safety, an explosion of culinary creativity and a rapidly increasing cool quotient. 

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The Colombian Ambassador to the United States is in Utah participating in Congressman Chris Stewart’s conference on America’s Role in the World. The ambassador is on a mission to change perceptions of his fast growing country. 

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September 19, 2015- News Clips - Medellín, Colombia: A Miracle of Reinvention

I had my doubts about Medellín. Next time someone says “most dangerous city on earth”, I’ll pull a machine gun on them – that spurious claim was made over a quarter of a century ago, in Time magazine in March 1988. Like Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, Medellín is a much wealthier, safer and more fashionable city these days, and its year-round summery climate, nearby forests and bird reserves and, indeed, the fact that it hasn’t been backpackered into oblivion – unlike Cusco, say – makes it a rather more desirable destination.

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Colombia’s economy expanded more than expected in the second quarter, as a boom in the construction industry prevented a deeper slowdown in the broader economy amid falling commodities prices.

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August 18, 2015- News Clips - There's Hope for Colombia. Yes, Colombia

From Argentina to Brazil to Mexico to Venezuela, the largest Latin American economies are suffering from collapsing commodities prices, slowing or lost growth and widening corruption scandals. Then there's Colombia. It has its share of trouble too. Oil is its chief export, and the 14-month crude-price collapse has pushed the peso down 37 percent and the COLCAP stock index down 53 percent. Obscured by these devastated markets, though, there's evidence to suggest that Colombia, with a population greater than Spain's and more land than France, is the dark horse among international investors.

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A government agency under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, ProColombia is benefiting from an integrated approach, being responsive to investors and even how social media is helping revolutionize the way you get ideas about places to go.

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Colombia’s vibrant capital of Bogota is hosting three competing international film festivals this year. After decades of being overshadowed by the coastal town of Cartagena, and its well-established film fest run by producer Diana Bustamante, the capital will see two new film fests launch in 2015. They join Bogocine (Oct. 20-28), led by founder Henry Laguado since 1984, which will face stiff competition for films and sponsors.

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Lollapalooza is boosting its global stage presence with a new music festival in Colombia.The festival franchise, which marks its 11th anniversary in downtown Chicago this weekend, will make its debut in Bogotá in the fall of 2016. 

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The seeds of a venture investment scene are beginning to sprout at the early stage in Latin America, and now countries like Colombia and Chile are taking steps to make sure young companies can take root.

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According to a new study that compares startup activity and attitudes in 44 countries across the globe, Colombia emerged as a strong leader in entrepreneurship and investment opportunity.

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Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia's ambassador to the U.S., passed through Philadelphia recently and granted an audience. 

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The relationship between the United States and Colombia has been growing since a free trade agreement went into effect three years ago, but trade officials say more can be done from a local perspective.

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The relationship between the United States and Colombia has been growing since a free trade agreement went into effect three years ago, but trade officials say more can be done from a local perspective.

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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When you wander around Medellin and mention to city officials and entrepreneurs that you are touring now-very-dead drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s grave and other points of interest related to the city’s dark history, they tend to wince because they are now very much focused on “the transformation.” Indeed, Colombia’s second-largest city has undergone what appears to be a near-miraculous transition. 

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May 13, 2015- News Clips - 36 Hours in Medellín, Colombia

Colombia’s second city is fast shedding its controversial reputation. With infrastructure projects that are bringing architecturally exciting libraries and parks to impoverished neighborhoods, and creative methods of transportation, Medellín is one of the most progressive cities in Latin America. 

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The recently appointed U.S. special envoy to Colombian peace talks met with government and rebel negotiators for the first time on Sunday, holding separate sessions with each side, a Colombian government official said. President Barack Obama named veteran diplomat Bernard Aronson as special envoy on Feb. 20. It was Washington's second major engagement with Latin America after reversing longstanding Cuba policy on Dec. 17, agreeing to restore diplomatic ties and end half a century of confrontation with the communist-led island.

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Colombia plans to boost capacity at its main airport in Bogota by as much as 50 percent over the next two years, to ease delays and overcrowding amid a surge in international travel. The Andean nation grew at the fastest pace among major Latin American economies last year, boosting Colombians’ demand for tourism and business travel. At the same time, the number of foreigners arriving rose 11 percent as violence levels fell to a three-decade low.

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A report issued Feb. 1 by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service found: Colombia grows 20,000 acres of flowers. Around 17,500 acres are cultivated under greenhouse conditions while the remaining 2,500 acres are produced outdoors, under rain-fed conditions.

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Paulina Vega is the first Colombian beauty queen to don the Miss Universe crown in 56 years, and she said she hopes to help her home country during her reign. The Barranquilla-born business student stopped by HuffPost Live on Friday to chat about her win and more. After the segment, Vega, 22, spoke to The Huffington Post about her desire to visit Colombia during her year as Miss Universe and what causes she’d like to help out with there.

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Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night, while Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, came in second. The other finalists, chosen from among 88 contestants, were Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell; Miss Ukraine, Diana Harkusha; and Miss Netherlands, Yasmin Verheijen.

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Colombia has much to brag about — cutting poverty by half, doubling international air connections and quadrupling the size of its economy since 2000  — but these are just byproducts of its crowning achievement over the last two decades: defeating organized crime with the help of the United States, the country’s ambassador said in Atlanta.

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… Tourism is also rising, and the government has adopted the phrase “magical realism” to promote it (see colombia.travel/en). Magical realism is usually associated with the literature of Colombia’s pre-eminent writer, the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But it also describes what I saw here, including pink dolphins in the Amazon.

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