The Promises of Cruise Tourism

The Central American countries are positioning as a destination for the major cruise ship companies.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Central America prepares its infrastructure to support an increased number of lines coming to its main ports.

Madrid, April 2nd, 2012.

The seven countries of the region (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) are one of the most attractive destinations for cruise passengers.

The Belize Tourism Ministry (BTB) reported in its official figures that more than 727,000 tourists had seen some of the country's foremost sights while on cruises in 2011. By 2012, it is expected that there will be a marked increase mainly because 2012 is the year of the Mayan World, which Belize is a part of.

As for Costa Rica, official data from the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism indicates that the season running from October 2011 to May 2012, has been the best in years. They have had a number of cruise lines docking for the first time such as the majestic Sea Cloud II cruise liner docking the first time in Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas) and the Queen Elizabeth cruise (Puntarenas).

Meanwhile, in El Salvador the port of Acajutla received for the first time, this March the cruiser "MS Deutschland" which had 250 German, Austrian and Swiss tourists on board. A Tourism Ministry delegation headed by the Minister Jose Napoleon Duarte received the passengers. In the words of the Minister "El Salvador is positioned on the radar to be one of tourist destinations where ships dock to see our attractions. For next year negotiations are taking shape with other internationally renowned shipping companies. "

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Central America Cruise Summit 2015

July 2014

El Salvador is to host the third edition of the international industry event to be held on May 13th-15th in the capital.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador:

Honduras and Guatemala have hosted previous editions of the Central American Cruise Summit.

Cruise Tourism in Central America Growing

July 2011

Countries are making significant efforts to strengthen this sector, according to the Tourism Promotion Agency of Central America.

Honduras recently reported the arrival of 470,000 cruise passengers in the first six months of 2011, over 188 cruise ships, 115 of which landed in Mohogany Bay, which recently opened a new dock.

El Salvador Aspires to be Cruise Ship Destination

September 2009

Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and the Caribbean Cruise Liners Association visited the country.

They were invited by the Tourism Ministry, and paid a technical visit to Acajutla Port as well as an aerial overview of the Salvadoran coastline and other locations of the country.

Central America relaunches its brand

December 2008

The Isthmus decided to relaunch the "Central America, so small, yet so big" brand and to strengthen its promotion as a multi-destination region for tourists.

The promotion includes the brand and pictures from each country that will be placed at the various airports.

Even though each country will have its own brand, they are seeking to position Central America as an area which offers a diversity of destinations and activities, said the aid to the director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat), Carlos Haase.

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