Tourism grows 17% in Central America

The expansion of tourism by 17 percent in Central America is above the worldwide average and hasn't been affected by the economic recession, according to the region's tourist ministers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Central American Tourism Board, which held its 73rd annual meeting in Tela, Honduras agreed "to continue with efforts to promote Central America as an international destination," says the end-of-conference communiqué.
The promotion will allow Central America "a better positioning in external markets and at the same time offer an integrated and diverse product with better prospects for competing with other destinations," it said.

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Honduras had the highest growth in tourist arrivals of all the countries in the region, with an increase of 80%.

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Tourism Up 17% in First Half 2010

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From January to June 2010 a total of 4.556.526 tourists visited Central America, 651.682 more than the same period of 2009.

Tourism has grown in Central America during the first six months of the year by 17% over the same period of 2009, according to preliminary data offered by the various Ministries of Tourism in the region (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).

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July 2008

Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama are among the fastest-growing tourist areas in Central America, according to the World Tourism Organization.

In El Salvador, data from the Tourism Ministry shows that the sector has been growing at 8 percent and expects this to continue despite the national economic crisis that has driven the inflation rate to 8.4 percent per year.

Central American to introduce tourism security system

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Central American countries have approved a project to boost tourist security in the region, according to a press release from El Salvador's Tourism Ministry.

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El Salvador's tourism minister and currently president of the Central American Tourism Board, Rubén Rochi, said the Tourism Security System was designed by Iñaki Garmendia, a consultant from the World Tourism Organization, and officials from the Salvadorean Tourism Corporation.

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