El Salvador Welcomes 2.2 Million International Tourists, Boosting Economy

El Salvador continues to make strides in its tourism industry as it received a remarkable 2.2 million international tourists by August this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. These visitors contributed over $2,100 million in foreign exchange earnings, marking a significant increase from previous years.

Morena Valdez, the Minister of Tourism, attributed this achievement to various initiatives spearheaded by the Bukele administration, with Surf City standing out as a notable success. According to statistical data from the government, international visitors, the majority of whom arrive by air, surpassed the 2.2 million mark, injecting a substantial $2,100 million into the country’s economy.

These figures represent an impressive growth rate of over 35% compared to the same period in 2022 and a 25% increase over 2019, highlighting the resilience and appeal of El Salvador’s tourism sector.

Minister Valdez further explained that these visitors typically stay in the country for 9 to 12 days, with a daily expenditure ranging from $195 to $250 at their chosen accommodations and tourist destinations.

The data also reveals that most visitors originate from the United States and Canada. However, Minister Valdez noted a notable influx of tourists from neighboring countries in Central America, as well as increased interest from South America and Europe.

“What’s most significant is the rising number of Guatemalan and Honduran tourists, as well as a growing influx of visitors from South America and Europe,” Minister Valdez added.

The Minister emphasized that the current tourism boom and increased investments in the sector in El Salvador can be attributed to the positive results achieved by the Bukele government in terms of both legal and social security.

“The issue of security has been crucial. The majority of tourists say they come because this is a safe country, offering them the certainty of a wonderful vacation during their stay. Furthermore, the descendants of Salvadoran expatriates are returning, feeling proud of their homeland. Salvadorans are not just visiting; they are also investing and buying homes to enjoy their retirement in the country,” concluded the Minister.

El Salvador’s thriving tourism industry, driven by safety and diverse attractions, continues to be a beacon for international travelers, contributing significantly to the country’s economic growth and fostering a sense of pride among its citizens.