Opportunities in Tourism

Despite the downturn in the major economies, more and more tourists traveling the globe are looking for the kind of experiences that Central America has to offer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The opportunities are there. Demand for tourist destinations such as the ones Central America can offer is firm and is increasing every year.

What is essential is that the quality of tourism services on offer be increased, particularly ensuring that tourists are not affected by the criminal violence that pervades the region.

A statement from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reads:

Tourism grows in the world despite the international crisis
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% a year worldwide between January and August of 2012 and is nearing for the first time the 1,000 million mark for December, said the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the UN agency, tourism figures climbed 5% in emerging economies, compared with 4% in developed countries.

The WTO, which predicts an overall growth of no more than 4% for the year, said Chinese spending on travel abroad grew significantly.

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More Tour Operators in Nicaragua

October 2017

Between 2010 and 2016, the number of tourism companies grew by 47%, and in the same period, the number of transport companies and travel operators increased by 320% and 160%, respectively.

In 2010 the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute counted 62 businesses dedicated to providing travel organization services, and last year, this figure reached 161, thanks to the growth experienced in tourism in the country. 

Costa Rica: Tourism Figures for June 2015

September 2015

In the first half of the year 1.4 million tourists visted the country, only 1.7% more than in the same period in 2014.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT):

In the first six months of the year, our country received 1,415,046 international arrivals; that is, more than 23,429 tourists entered through all ports, according to data provided by the Directorate General of Immigration (DGME) and analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

Central American Tourism Grows Less Than World Average

February 2014

In 2013 the isthmus received 4.2% more tourists than in 2012, whereas global tourism traffic grew by 5%.

The visible recovery of the tourism industry in Central America is not as strong as in the rest of the world.

In the latest data on the tourism sector in 2013 presented by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Central America appears below the average percentage of worldwide tourism growth, with 4.2%.

How Much Tourism Generates for in Central America

October 2011

During 2010, tourism revenues were $7,341 million, of which $2552 were generated in Panama, $1961in Costa Rica, $1378 in Guatemala, $650 in Honduras , $518 in El Salvador, and $281 in Nicaragua, .

According to a preliminary report by the Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat (SITC in Spanish), tourism revenues in the region grew by 0.9% compared to 2009 and the number of visitors increased by 3.8%.

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