22% Fewer Tourists in El Salvador

During the first five months of the year, 22.1% fewer tourists arrived, according to data from the Tourism Ministry.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The head of the Ministry, Napoleon Duarte, signaled that the decrease reflects lower spending on tourism, with a reduction of 47.5%.

La Prensa Gráfica published on its website: “According to the Ministry, in the first quarter of 2008, tourists stayed in the country an average of 8.1 nights and spent an average of $91 daily but, in May, the average stay was 6.6 nights and the average daily expenditure was $65.40.”

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June 2013

The collection of the Fund for Victims of Traffic Accidents has caused tourism in the country to fall by 6% between January and May.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Jose Napoleon Duarte there was a reduction of 6,865 Guatemalan tourists. "If you take into account that the average daily spend by a Guatemalan tourist is $39.40 and the average stay is 2.2 days, foreign exchange losses amounted to $595,000," said the official..

El Salvador Receives 26% Fewer Tourists

July 2009

In the first five months of the year, the country received 597.100 tourists, 26% less when compared to the 813.810 that arrived in the same period of 2008.

Is is estimated that El Salvador lost $184 miilion in tourism income due to the global economic crisis and the A H1N1 flu.

Insecurity Affects Tourism in Guatemala

February 2011

The safety warnings issued by Germany have affected the flow of tourists from that country.

Guatemalan tour operators and wholesalers say that several countries have issued warnings, Germany being the strictest.

According to Prensalibre.com, "the cancellation of visits began in 2009, worsened in 2010 and expects to continue, as promotions of national tourist sites still are not appearing in German catalogs aimed at potential travelers."

Million Dollar Losses in Tourism Sector

October 2011

The storms that have hit Central America in last ten days have affected the sector which makes up 8% of GDP in the region.

As well as the decline in tourist arrivals, there are also substantial damages to infrastructure with collapsed roads and bridges, making it impossible to achieve growth targets set for this year.

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