The Importance of Tourism in El Salvador

After remittances, tourism is the largest contributor to the economy, contributing 3.2% to GDP.

Monday, October 28, 2013

In 2009 the contribution of tourism to GDP was 2.5% and it is projected that in the next five years it could grow to 5%. But this is still far from the contribution made by remittances, which come mainly from the U.S.

Data from the Central Reserve Bank reveals that "... remittances account for 16.4% of GDP and in January-September this year they amounted to $2.9317 billion, $38.4 million (1.3%) more than the $2.8933 billion received during the same period in 2012, " noted an article in

Meanwhile, tourism generated approximately $771.6 million in 2012, more than double what coffee contributed, $300 million, said Roberto Viera, manager of the Salvadoran Tourism Corporation (Corsatur).

The amount generated by tourism, around $580 million came mainly from the U.S. market, with 89% of tourists coming from the U.S., 6.8% from Canada and 3.5% from Mexico. In addition, domestic tourism produces about $100 million per year, being responsible for the movement of four million people, said the chief of Tourism, Jose Napoleon Duarte

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