Tourism growing fast in Central America

Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama are among the fastest-growing tourist areas in Central America, according to the World Tourism Organization.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

In El Salvador, data from the Tourism Ministry shows that the sector has been growing at 8 percent and expects this to continue despite the national economic crisis that has driven the inflation rate to 8.4 percent per year.
During 2007 tourism earned 841 million dollars in foreign exchange for El Salvador.
Panama is also growing nicely, in part because the Italian multinational Savino del Bene plans to expand its operations there.

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Guatemala: Slight Increase in Tourism

September 2012

As of July 1, 069, 805 visitors have entered the country, 2.3% more than in the same period in 2011.

According to the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Intur), during the same period, the amount of foreign exchange recorded increased by 1.4%, with $784 million coming in.

Increased Tourist Arrivals in Nicaragua

September 2012

Information from the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, INTUR reveals that 694,906 tourists came into the country up to July, representing an increase of 11.5% compared to the same period in 2011.

A press release from INTUR reads:

Data from the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, INTUR reveals that up to July of this year 694,906 tourists came to Nicaragua, representing an increase of 11.5 percent compared to the same period last year, said the executive vice president of the governing institution of Tourism in Nicaragua, Mayra Salinas.

Tourism Up 17% in First Half 2010

November 2010

From January to June 2010 a total of 4.556.526 tourists visited Central America, 651.682 more than the same period of 2009.

Tourism has grown in Central America during the first six months of the year by 17% over the same period of 2009, according to preliminary data offered by the various Ministries of Tourism in the region (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).

Costa Rica tourism to growth by 8 or 9%

October 2008

The National Chamber of Tourism in Costa Rica expects that the sector will grow between 8 and 9% this year, an increase which as been labeled as "satisfactory" in an environment of financial crisis at the world level.

The president of Canatur, Gonzalo Vargas, said that "its is not the same as the growth rate in 2007 (11%), but taking current conditions into consideration, having a growth rate of 8 o 9% is more than satisfactory." The businessman added that tourism at the world level has been growing at an average of 2%, which is why he was happy that Costa Rica is going to obtain a rate that "is 3 or 4 times higher than the global average.

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