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Venezuela struggling to boost long-neglected tourism industry

By Jordi Miro  /  AFP, CARACAS

“Perception is more important than reality” when it comes to tourism, he said.

In Margarita, one of the country’s main vacation destinations, several tourists die every year in armed robberies.

Venezuela has the highest murder rate in South America, with nearly 55 for every 100,000 people. The government acknowledged more than 16,000 murders last year among a population of 29 million.

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