One of the commitments of the government of President Nayib Bukele is to offer recreational spaces and first-class services to national and foreign tourists, for which the authorities are promoting an infrastructure strategy on a national scale.
As part of this commitment are the tourism projects that are being carried out in La Libertad, such as the amusement park and the gastronomic plaza, which will be inaugurated in the coming days, said the Minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez.
“We are in the stage of finalizing details and we are going to do tests in every sense, both of the restaurants and of the mechanical games, and then we will do the inauguration. Let’s be patient, but it will be done in the next few days”, said the minister, who did not specify an exact date for the start of operations.
The Amusement Park is a first-class space that will have five mechanical games: the Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, Carousel, Frog Jump, and Boat, which have been donated by the cooperation of the People’s Republic of China. The investment in this ambitious project amounts to $4 million for the improvement work of the place, informed the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur).
He also explained that the Gastronomic Plaza will have 12 spaces for restaurants, which have a history of serving the Salvadoran people. The projects are part of the development of the La Libertad port.
Currently, the owners of the restaurants, which have a high percentage of progress, are in the contract stage, to later move on to the installation phase and start of operations.
“With the amusement park and the new gastronomic plaza, we are calculating that we will have more than five million national and international visitors in the area,” said the official.
Minister Valdez stated that in El Salvador, the tourism sector continues with positive figures and is positioning itself as one of the most visited countries in the region.
To date, according to Mitur data, El Salvador has received 1.1 million international tourists, which has generated about $1,189 million in foreign currency, 43% more than in the same period in 2019.
“There are thousands of travelers from different parts of the world who arrive in Salvadoran lands, especially tourists from the United States, from where the influx has increased by 76% in the country,” she commented.
“We have more foreign exchange earnings than in 2019 tourists are spending more. There is a 76% increase in Americans, who have entered within that 1.1 million visitors from January to June », she stated.
The official also reported that the government’s commitment includes promoting more tourism in the eastern part of the country, for which they are in the process of negotiating with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to obtain more than $100 million for investment in said region. The funds also include support for Salvadoran micro, small and medium enterprises.