El Salvador Lags Behind in Tourism Policies

While Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are vying for cruise ships to dock on their coasts, during 2013 El Salvador will only receive three ships with tourists.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

El Salvador remains behind in cruise tourism because it has not resolved immigration problems, infrastructure and logistics.

The other Central American countries reflect a different reality: Honduras plans to complete the first port project, Banana Coast in Trujillo, 32 nautical miles south of the island of Roatan. In Guatemala, three companies are competing for the construction of a terminal in Puerto Barrios Bay, Nicaragua, two agreements have been signed with the Cruise Association of Florida and the Caribbean and the company Sea Dream.

An article published by elsalvador.com explains that Honduras expects 134 boats, with over 300,000 passengers; Costa Rica predicts the arrival of 345 cruises with over 385,000 travelers, Nicaragua estimates 50 cruise this season and Guatemala 58, while El Salvador has only three this year.

The vice president of the Salvadoran Chamber of Tourism (CASATUR), Rafael Leret, said there are three main reasons why the cruise business has not been developed. The first obstacle has to do with the Department of Immigration, "which treats cruise passengers the same as any normal tourist who enters our borders and does not nothing to facilitate disembarkation, as they do in the rest of the world, for people who are spending less than 12 hours in the country. "

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El Salvador: Prospects for the Cruise Season

April 2017

Following a slight rebound in 2016, the arrival of ten cruisers from six foreign companies is expected in the 2017 season, with about 5,000 tourists on board.

In 2015 tourism authorities reported the arrival of 5 cruise ships during the season, a slight improvement compared to the figures of previous years, particularly the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, in which only one cruise was recorded each season. 

Meeting of Cruise Operators in El Salvador

January 2015

The Central Rail Summit 2015 will be held in El Salvador, from May 13th to 15th, where it is expected that 15 corporations from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association will be involved.

The Salvadoran Chamber of Tourism (CASATUR) hopes to have the participation of 30 union members who will be publicizing various tour packages offered by shipping lines.

Honduras: Cruise Port to Start Operations in 2014

August 2013

Under construction and with an investment of $30 million, the Banana Coast will receive its first ship loaded with tourists on November 18, 2014.

$30 million is being invested in the dock located in the Bay of Trujillo, Colón department, the first cruise port on the mainland in the country.

Fall in Cruise Tourism in Panama

January 2013

Cruise tourist arrivals declined 28.1% in 2012 compared to 2011, totalling only 235,792.

In the opinion of Fidel Reyes, Director of Panamanian company FR Consulting, the situation was influenced by strikes in the province of Colon on the Atlantic.

For the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), the rising cost of fuel and the rerouting of several lines also contributed to the decline.

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