Tourism Revenues Exceed $600 million in El Salvador

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

Monday, January 16, 2012

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 .

According to statistics, foreigners spent more last year. For example, in 2009, tourists spent $75.50 per day, in 2010, $78.50, while last year the figure was $103 per tourist".

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In 2018, every tourist who visited the country spent an average of $113 per day, slightly below the $123 reported as average daily spending in 2017. This decrease was offset by the increase in the average stay, resulting in a total of $1.532 million generated by this activity throughout the year.

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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.

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

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January 2014

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The number of tourists arriving in the country has increased, but now they spend less per day than they did in the boom years.

While in 2008, 2.1 million tourists visited the country and spent $2.1 billion, in 2012 2.3 million arrived and only spent $2.2 billion.

In 2008, each visitor spent about $1,041 in the 11 days that their stay lasted, however, in 2012 the average consumption dropped to $947.


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