El Salvador Tops the List in Tourism Recovery Post-COVID-19 – Latest Rankings and Statistics

2023-09-30 21:22:18

El Salvador registered a surprising level of tourism recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: composition by Jazmin Ceras/LR/AFP

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, shared through his social networks the ranking of the countries that had the greatest growth in tourist arrivals around the world and highlighted his nation’s achievements in the sector in recent years. The study carried out by the World Tourism Organization (OMT), agency of the United Nationsplaces the Salvadoran territory in first place on the list, with respect to other Latin American nations.

International tourism continues to recover from the worst crisis in its history during the COVID-19 pandemic and, currently, arrival numbers to different destinations reached 84% of levels prior to the global health crisis between January and July 2023. middle East, Europa y Africa They lead the recovery in the sector.

Nayib Bukele shared the UNWTO publication through X. Photo: Nayib Bukele/X

By the end of July, international tourist arrivals reached 84% of pre-pandemic levels. Around 700 million people traveled internationally between January and July 2023, 43% more than in the same months of 2022.

The latest UNWTO barometer shows that El Salvador had the highest tourist arrivals from January to July 2023 compared to other countries in the region. Photo: UNWTO

Latin America also had significant growth. Arrivals to this part of the world reached 87% of those in 2019. The figures are led by El Salvador (32%), the Dominican Republic (17%) and Honduras (17%), among other strong countries.

Other results by region

According to the OMTall regions of the world achieved high rates of tourism recovery during the first months of 2023.

The best results were for middle Eastan area that obtained arrivals 20% above pre-pandemic levels, in the period from January to July.

In the case of Europe, the world’s largest destination region, it achieved 91% of pre-pandemic levels as it experienced intra-regional demand and travel from the United States.

For its part, Africa recovered 92% of its visitors prior to the global health crisis. Meanwhile, America, 87%.

El Salvador received 1.66 million tourists during the first half of the year

According to data from Ministry of Tourism of El Salvadorthe country welcomed 1.6 million international visitors during the first half of this year 2023. Tourists left a total of 1.667 million in the Salvadoran economy in those six months, while the average stay was from 2 to 3 weeks, calculating that the expense per person was 161 dollars per person.

For her part, the minister of Turismo, Morena Valdezstated that “for the entire year we had projected 2.9 million international visitors, that is, we had planned 1.4 million in the middle of the year and we have exceeded it with 1.6 million visitors, which also represents $1.6 billion in income of foreign currency, which is the economic spillover that we were looking for.’

El Salvador and Honduras showed greater tourism recovery in Central America

In it World Tourism Dayheld on Wednesday, September 17, the portal Forbes Central America He recounted the destinations with the greatest tourist recovery and highlighted El Salvador with a significant percentage of growth.

According to the Barometer of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the country governed by Nayib Bukele occupies fourth place in the ranking that measures how much tourism grew in nations after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Central American state is only behind Qatar (95%), Saudi Arabia (58%), and Albania (56%).

El Salvador and Honduras are the Central American countries that had the greatest recovery in the tourism sector. Photo: Forbes

For its part, Honduras achieved a 17% recovery along with Dominican Republic y Curacaoaccording to the aforementioned barometer.

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