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El Salvador’s Tourism Revenue Grows by 10%, Faster Than National Economy

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Tourism dollars are flowing faster than El Salvador’s base economy. In the case of income generated by tourism, estimates show that 2012 stands at $648.3 million, compared to $615.1 million achieved between January and December of last year. A noteworthy 89% of visitors to El Salvador in that time period were from the United States.

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Foreign income grows 10.8

The income of nonresident aliens in the country in May exceeded one million people, according Mitur.

The income of nonresident aliens in the country grew 10.8% between June 2009 and May this year, according to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur).

The figure, Jose Napoleon Duarte said, its Minister, is very significant, since it includes hikers (those not staying overnight in the country) or Salvadorans abroad.

“This is the pure number of foreigners, and throw that theory that only Salvadorans abroad visit the country,” the official said.

Duarte said that of all international arrivals, only 13% are nationals living in other countries. Of these, 89% reside in the United States.

Thus Mitur data indicate that, between June 2009 and June 2010, entered the country 911.392 nonresident aliens. Between June 2010 and June 2011 amounted to 953.341. Between this month and May this year, there were 1,009,664 foreigners, representing a growth of 10.8% over the figure for 2009 and 5.9% over 2011.

Growing faster than economy
Adding hikers and Salvadorans abroad, international arrivals grew 8.1% in the last three years, from 1,539,452 people to 1,663,817 by May this year.

Only in the last year, arrivals grew 2.6%, “more than the economy,” said Duarte.

The number of tourists grew by 4.9% last year, while the hikers fell 2.7%.

In the case of income generated by tourism, estimates that this year Mitur closed at $ 648.3 million, compared to $ 615.1 million were achieved between January and December last year.

Only domestic tourism generated $ 60.6 million, said Duarte. Among tourists (Salvadorans who stayed overnight in the destination visited) and hikers, there were four million people.

The projects to be executed
• The Mitur currently seeking funds to finance the construction of the Adventure Park, as well as the Plaza Seafoods and integration plans Renderos.

• Work is also in promoting El Salvador as part of the Ruta Maya, as part of the countdown of the last baktun of the Mayan calendar.

• The portfolio of state said it will continue working to improve the connectivity of the country, it has already managed to bring three new airlines.

20.4% The number of tourists by air grew by 20.4% between 2009 and 2011, according to the Mitur.

26% The average expenditure of tourists grew by 26% over the past three years, said the portfolio of State.

-Expect at least 40,000 tourists to holiday in August

Tourism Minister, Jose Napoleon Duarte, expected that during the August festivities the number of tourists is maintained at 40,000.

The official said that this holiday season “is a season of Salvadorans”, unlike Easter, but stressed that the country has attracted the attention of foreigners for this time too.

According to data from Mitur, on vacation in August 2011, reported income of 40.228 tourists, up from 34.021 admitted to the same month in 2009 representing a growth of 18.2%.

Compared to August 2010, last year the flow of tourists reported an increase of 2.67%.

Duarte said the performance shown in the last three seasons of Easter, it received 48.440 visitors in 2009, the country managed to attract 77.100 this year.

Another key season for destinations Salvadorans Christmas and New Year.

Mitur statistics show that last year, 78.055 tourists entered the country at that time. In 2009 there were 75.804 and in 2010, amounted to 68.884.

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