Tourism in El Salvador: $1.532 Million in 2018

Last year, the daily average expenditure of tourists decreased 8% over 2017, but the average stay increased from 6.2 to 7.5 nights.

Monday, March 4, 2019

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.

Data from the Ministry of Tourism detail that "... Overall, 2018 was a good year for tourism. The data show that the number of foreign tourists who arrived in the country increased 12.9% compared to 2017." reviews that "... In total, 2 million 535,661 foreigners came from different parts of the world to visit El Salvador. Most of them (57.3%) were Central Americans who entered the country through land borders. 36.2% were tourists from the United States, 3% from South America and 2.5% from Europe."

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