El Salvador: Challenges for Tourism

In order to maintain the growth rate achieved last year in the number of visitors, government and business sector face challenges in terms of security, tourism supply, quality standards, among others.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Data from the Ministry of Tourism detail that generally, 2018 was a good year for tourism activity in the country. The figures show that the number of foreign tourists who came to the country totaled 2.5 million, 12.9% more than in 2017.

The Ministry of Tourism reports that last year the average daily expenditure of tourists fell 8% compared to 2017, but the average stay increased from 6.2 to 7.5 nights.

See "Tourism in El Salvador: $1.532 Million in 2018"

José Napoleón Duarte, Minister of Tourism, explained to Laprensagrafica.com that globally tourism is growing, since people are traveling more and more and "... The expectation of growth in the world has been surpassed, it has been two years since we surpassed the goal'. In the case of El Salvador, there are challenges in the protection of the environment and conservation of green areas whose key is education."

According to Roberto Viera, Vice Minister of Tourism, "... there is a need to strengthen the tourism offer and quality standards and 'increase the respective tourism capacity, there is a challenge for investors'. In addition to improving the country's image by investing in "the country's tourism brand" and 'seriously advancing public safety', since insecurity affects the perception that there is abroad about the country.

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