The Director of Proexport Colombia, Colombia’s tourism, foreign investment and exports promotion agency, Juan Guillermo Perez, says: “This is fantastic news for Colombia’s tourism industry as the FIFA Futsal World Cup will bring with it a large economic impact for the country and also create jobs during the preparation and hosting of the event.
“The worldwide broadcast of the sporting event will put Colombia onto the international stage and showcase what our beautiful country has to offer.”
Colombia previously staged the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup and is the second South American nation to be awarded the global futsal event after Brazil in 2008.
In principle the finals will be played in the autumn of 2016 with European qualifying held earlier that year, although the format is yet unconfirmed.
The 2012 edition of the event, which was hosted in Thailand, was the first with 24 teams. Seven European sides qualified, with Spain losing the final to Brazil and Italy beating Colombia for third place.
Pictured: Director of Proexport Colombia, Juan Guillermo Perez