Tourism Numbers in El Salvador

Between January and July 2014 the number of tourists who came into the country increased by 4.7% compared to the same period in 2013, and they spent on average $108.6 per day, which is 3% more.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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

The main tourism indicators (employment, income, daily expenses, lodging, number of visitors) reported significant growth in the first seven months of the year, confirming the strength of the tourism industry in the Salvadoran economy. The indicator for job creation in tourism in the month of June 2014 shows an increase of 5.93% compared to the same month in 2013, with more than 48,893 versus the 46,154 jobs recorded in 2013.

"The tourism industry, by far, is the most dynamic activity in the Salvadoran economy generating formal jobs with higher wages than the national average and has become the most trusted sector for micro and small entrepreneurs because their return is positive" said the Minister of Tourism José Napoleon Duarte.

"According to our statistical report, between January and July 2014 tourism revenues amounted to $650 million, encouraging data which shows a 33.9% increase compared to the same period in 2013 when revenues reached $485 million" the official added.

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Guatemala 2014: Tourist Numbers Up 7%

January 2015

During 2014 2,142,000 visitors came into the country and tourism revenues increased 5.6% compared to 2013.

Foreign currency received from tourism amounted to $1,563 million at the end of 2014, representing $83.1 million more than reported in 2013 . Also, in 2014 142 thousand more than visitors were received than in 2013, coming mainly from El Salvador, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom, among other places.

Nicaragua: South American Tourists Spend More

May 2014

The average expenditure of 1.27 million tourists who visited the country in 2013 amounted to $41 per day, while for South Americans the figure was $71.

In 2013 the number of tourists visiting Nicaragua increased by 3.3% compared to 2012, when the country received 1.23 million visitors. Of the total amount in 2013, 23.7% were from North America; 6.5% from Europe; 2.1% from South America and 2.2% from other parts of the world.

Increase in Influx of Tourists to Panama

August 2012

In the first seven months of the year 1,236,000 visitors came to the country, 5.4% more than the in same period in 2011, with the majority of tourists coming from the U.S.

The increase in the number of visitors has not been sufficient to cover the greater supply of hotels, which experienced a drop in occupancy rates of 7%.

Tourism Revenues Exceed $600 million in El Salvador

January 2012

Tourists who arrived in the country in 2011 provided $615 million in revenue, 18.7% more than in 2010.

In terms of quantity, 2011 closed with 1,634,679 visitors, 62%, from Central America, 30% of the U.S., 4% from South America, and 4% from Europe.

"'Foreign exchange earnings from tourism have a real impact for the Salvadoran economy, as this represents a contribution of 2.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)', said the head of tourism, Jose Napoleon Duarte .

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