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El Salvador Initiates New Tourism Plan

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A new tourism initiative by El Salvador has its focus set on developing El Puerto de La Libertad, Renderos Plans, Cerro Verde and Playa El Icacal as new “must see” tourism spots in the country.

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Salvadoran Government Announces Tourist Resorts

At the Port of La Libertad will build a square sailor that will help turn the area into an international tourist destination, the official said.

As Renderos Plans, the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) detailed that project to reengineer the three parks, with approaches to ecotourism, gastronomy and culture.

Moreover, for the development of Cerro Verde and the beach will be chosen The asocios Icacal public-private, Duarte said.

The policies of the Ministry of Tourism and the recovery of the international economic crisis allowed the number of visitors from abroad spent a decrease of 29% in 2009 to 5% growth over the past two years, he added.

“Internationally, the average growth has been 4%, so that our country has been gradually placing as one of the countries that are having good results in tourism,” said the minister. 2012, is expected to continue the trend of growth of between 4% and 5%, which coincides with the international average.

Last year, the country received U.S. $ 630 million in foreign exchange as a result of the activities generated by foreign tourists who visited El Salvador , an increase of 18.9% over the previous year. In addition, in 2011, the Government received $ 3.5 million in property taxes, 26% more than in 2010, he said.

The official stressed that the implementation of FOMILENIO II in the coastal zone will help boost tourism in the area, including infrastructure projects and training of human resources that will encourage public and private investment in 75 municipalities where the other 25 % of the population.

“The project not only is the government, is a strategic project for the whole country, which although has a duration of five years, the Government will leave an important legacy in this area, especially as you are to have a potential tourist extraordinary, “he said.

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