During a television interview, the Minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez, highlighted that El Salvador is one of the countries with the highest post-pandemic recovery, with 92%, and that the country has exceeded $1.6 billion in foreign exchange earnings, for which it has exceeded the 2022 goal.
The official assured that improvements in security have been key to making El Salvador an attractive tourist destination. «We are one of the 16 countries that have recovered the most worldwide, it is not even at the regional level, of the Latin American countries, of the destinations that are being visited the most together with the Dominican Republic, that says how well we are doing », said the minister.
On the other hand, the Minister of Tourism emphasized the «historical fact,» with which she referred to the $106 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), «since it had never given such an amount on loan,» assured the minister.
The official emphasized the negotiation efforts with the IDB for a historic loan that has been approved unanimously and added that «they congratulated us as a country because we are definitely making history.»
«Of the $106 million, 90% is designated for the 4 departments in the eastern part of the country to strengthen basic tourism infrastructure, human resources, and strengthen the productive sector with non-reimbursable funds,» explained Minister Morena Valdez.
In addition, the minister indicated that a surfing competition will be held on the eastern beaches of El Salvador in November that will boost tourism in the sector and highlighted that the amusement park, Sunset Park, in La Libertad, has attracted more than 300,000 visitors since it opened.