Tourist Destination Clusters in El Salvador

As part of the proposal for Fomilenio II, the government has announced several projects for creating a nucleus of attractions in various parts of the coastal zone.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Among the plans for the development program FOMILENIO II using funds from the U.S., the National Institute of Tourism is promoting the creation of tourist development as part of a strategy that aims to increase tourist visits and create more jobs for the sector.

Places like El Puerto de La Libertad, Los Planes de Renderos, el Cerro Verde and El Icacal beach are the sites that have been chosen for future development areas, said the minister, Napoleon Duarte.

According to, at the Port of La Libertad a seafood place will be built in order to help turn the area into an international tourist destination. Regarding Los Planes de Renderos, the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) revealed that there is a project to reengineer the three parks, focussing on ecotourism, gastronomy and culture. For the development of Cerro Verde and Icacal beach the public-private partnership model has been chosen, Duarte said.

El Salvador received $630 million in foreign exchange from tourism in 2011, an increase of 18.9% compared to the previous year.

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These include the creation of new touristic routes, such as the one known as “Monseñor Romero” or “El Boquerón”.

José Napoleón Duarte, Tourism Minister, added they plan to strengthen the circuit known as “Sol y Playa” (Beach and Sun), at La Libertad Port and El Tunco Beach.

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