The security climate in El Salvador has encouraged Salvadoran families to do more domestic tourism, visiting different tourist destinations such as the 300 kilometers of attractive beaches, recreational parks, and mountains, among others, which has led to an increase in income from the tourism sector in the first quarter of the year.
According to estimates by the Salvadoran Tourism Institute (ISTU), El Salvador collected $99.7 million in domestic tourism in the first quarter of 2022 alone. The flattering result is due to the climate of security in the country, thanks to the strategy of public security implemented by the government of President Nayib Bukele, the ISTU authorities reiterate.
“Regarding internal tourism, only in the first quarter of this year we collected $99.7 million. That is, it has really presented a growth of 22%,” affirmed the president of the ISTU, Eny Aguiñada.
The figures highlight that Salvadorans now feel more confident on the issue of security and go out more frequently to tourist places in the national territory.
Aguiñada added that the population visits recreational parks, new restaurants, and hotels more, thus generating more economic development in the country.
The government has achieved historical success figures in the implementation of the Territorial Control Plan and the exceptional regime that has resulted in greater security in neighborhoods, colonies, residential and rural areas. In addition, there has been a notable reduction in extortion.
“There are 14 ISTU parks distributed in the eight departments that we have, so we invite the population to visit them and tell them that if they stopped going because of how neglected they were in the past, today they have a new face,” said the ISTU president.
Similarly, he stated that the permanent amusement park in the port of La Libertad is nearly finished, and that it will be added to the Mercado del Mar, the Gastronomic Plaza, and the Walter Thilo Deininger Park, all of which are part of the Surf City project.
On the other hand, the official affirmed that the government, through the ISTU, has invested more than $30 million in the tourism portfolio to improve all the country’s tourist destinations in order to stimulate the economy and the development of the communities.