Up to September 2016 tourist activities such as business, medical treatments and traditional tourism generated $3.624 billion, 16% more than the same period in 2015.
While traditional or vacation tourism is still the main source of revenue generated in the tourism sector, with 64% of total revenue up to September 2016, other activities such as medical tourism and business trips are gaining more and more strength.Revenues generated in the segment of medical or wellbeing tourism accounted for 13% of the total, while revenues generated by business tourism accounted for 15%.
The number of international arrivals to the country last year grew by 10% compared to 2015, reaching a record 2.9 million visitors.
During the year 2,925,128 international arrivals to the country were reported, and over 70% came in by air, which represents the main means of entry.2016 showed growth of 13.8%; in other words, almost 260 thousand more arrivals than in 2015.
Tourism entrepreneurs have suggested setting up a border post in El Naranjo in order to encourage the arrival of international tourists coming from Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
The announcement of the possible construction of a coastal highway in the Pacific, represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the tourism sectorto further enhance the development of tourism in the area and also provide a route for foreign tourists arriving at the Liberia airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
At the beginning of the peak tourist season entrepreneurs are optimistic about the withdrawal of the security alert that the US government had emitted.
The alert was issued by the US government weeks before the holding of presidential elections.Jose Adan Aguerri, president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), said that"...The decision came at an opportune time because it occurs in the high season for tourism in the country. 'In high season there is an increased flow of tourists, and it is very good that they are issuing this notice so that citizens can come''."
Improvements in promoting marine tourism could be the cause of the increase in the number of tourists arriving on cruise ships in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2014.
According to tourism entrepreneurs, the promotional strategy that has been implemented to increase cruise ship arrivals to the country is paying off, and explains the observed increase in tourist arrivals by air.
The plan is to invest $4 million in the first stage of a tourist complex of 22 blocks, including a residential area, a hotel, two club houses and a restaurant, 5 km from San Juan del Sur, in Nicaragua.
Southern Coastal Properties, founded with US capital, is the developer of the project and its president, Joshua Taylor, told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that "... The resort identified with the name Cala Azul, spans 22 acres of land located about 5 kilometers north of the resort town of San Juan del Sur, and includes a residential area, hotel, two club houses and a restaurant. "
A commercial and residential building and five apartment towers is what two companies plan to build in the form of a tourist resort in Punta Leona, on the Central Pacific coast.
Leumi Group has announced plans to build five apartment towers, both for holiday rentals and for sales. Meanwhile, Nisa de lPacifico is running a tourist, commercial and residential development, both investments are in one of the areas of greatest tourist development in the district of Tarcoles, Garabito, Puntarenas.
In the view of entrepreneurs the increase of 12% in the flow of tourists reported by the Inguat in 2014 is not real, as they state that this includes people crossing the border but not for reasons of tourism activities.
Representatives from the Commission on Sustainable Tourism at the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport) argue that "... 40% of visitors to El Salvador are not real, since many cross the border to take advantage of the exchange rate. The same is true with the 56% increase of Chinese tourists, many of whom are workers. "
The US Government has renewed its travel alert warning stating that the levels of violence and crime remain "critically high, but have declined in the past two years."
The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that the level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high, although it has declined in the past two years. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 2014 and includes additional information on crime and security in Honduras, as well as updated contact information.
In 2014 organizing marriages for foreigners generated revenue of $30 million in the country, 25% more than the $24 million generated during 2013.
The trend of getting married in other countries is growing in developed economies such as the US, where most of the revenues in Guatemala generated from this activity came from. Although regionally Mexico dominates this market, Guatemala is looking to position itself as a wedding destination in Central America, making itself known in tourism fairs and increasing international promotion.
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