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Itaipu welcomes 860,998 visitors and tops 2014 figures
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In 2015, the Itaipu power plant welcomed 860,998 visitors from 137 countries. The total combines tourist and institutional visits to the plant’s Brazilian and Paraguayan sides, and is 0.5% higher than the number recorded in 2014.
Albeit positive, the results could have been even better if not for the strike by the plant’s Brazilian employees, which lasted 43 days and compromised visitor access. On the Paraguayan side, the Museum of the Guarani Land, which saw 65,000 tourists in 2014, remained closed for renovations the entire year.
Even so, the attractions at the Itaipu Tourist Complex (ITC) closed 2015 with 521,839 visitors, 5.30% more than in the previous year. Over the holidays between December 24 and January 3, they welcomed the highest number of tourists ever for the period: 37,413 - 16% higher than the total in the same period between the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.
Throughout December, the ITC welcomed 58,721 visitors, a growth no less than 11.30% over the same month the year before. The spillway remained open the entire month to give way to the excess water reaching the power plant’s reservoir and was the major lure for tourists.
Daily record
In the year, the plant also set a daily visitation record on November 22, when Itaipu announced three of the spillways’ chutes would be opened for operating tests. The spectacle drew in more than 10,000 people, including tourists and locals.
The Panoramic Tour remains the most popular attraction at the Itaipu Tourist Complex. In 2015, 348,314 visitors went on this tour, 7.63% more than in 2014. The Panoramic Tour was suspended for 24 days in 2015 owing to the strike by Itaipu’s Brazilian employees. Even so, it was less compromised than the other attractions, which remained closed while the strike lasted.
Overall, Foz do Iguaçu had another record-setting year
The increase in the number of passengers at the Foz do Iguaçu international airport directly impacted the destination’s tourist attractions, which had yet another exceptional year in 2015. The airport was the busiest it had ever been in its history, as 2,057,278 people boarded and landed, 9.37% over 2014.
The Iguaçu Falls were visited by 1,642,093 people from 172 countries, 6% more than in 2014. Despite the 43-day strike by its Brazilian employees, the Itaipu power plant recorded 860,998 visitors on the Brazilian and Paraguayan riverbanks, 0.5% more than the previous year. The Itaipu Tourist Complex attractions stood out by welcoming 521,839 visitors, 5.3% more than in 2014.
The Bird Park, another important attraction in Foz do Iguaçu, broke its historic record by clocking 780,605 visitors in 2015, a number representing 47% of the entire public visiting the Falls. In addition to housing the largest macaw enclosure in South America, the park allows people to get up close to 1000+ birds of 150 different species that live on 16.5 hectares of Atlantic Forest.
The Falls 
Brazilians accounted for the Iguaçu National Park’s new annual visitation record as they totaled 916,995 tourists. Following Brazil, the countries sending the highest numbers of visitors were Argentina, Paraguay, the US, France, Germany, Spain, England, Peru, and Japan.
The Falls on the Argentinean riverbank also set a new record. They had 1,381,736 visitors, a 16.2% growth over 2014, and also topped the previous record in 2012 by 2.3%. Of that total, 822,386 were Argentineans.
Both at the Iguaçu Falls and the Itaipu power plant, the number of visitors in the period between December 24 and January 3 exceeded the one originally estimated. The Iguaçu National Park was expecting 60,000 tourists, but welcomed 88,926 instead.
Before the holidays began, Itaipu expected to get 22,000 visitors. The tally reached 37,413 though, 16% above the number recorded in the same period between the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.