The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its list of the best-performing destinations through July 2023; El Salvador ranks fourth behind Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Albania.
Six countries in the Americas made the list, with El Salvador ranking number one. Colombia is second in the Americas, followed by the US Virgin Islands, Curacao, Honduras, and the Dominic Republic.
The 2023 tourism percentage increase is compared to 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report includes statistics from the beginning of 2023 to the present. El Salvador grew by 32% compared to 2019, before the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic that hampered tourist activity.
El Salvador was surpassed by Qatar’s 95% increase. However, Qataer benefited from the Soccer World Cup in 2022. In second place is Saudi Arabia, with a rebound of 58%, and Albania with 56%.
El Salvador is the 4th country in the world in terms of tourism growth and the best-performing destination in the entire Western Hemisphere.” President Nayib Bukele.
According to the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador (MITUR,) in the first half of 2023, more than 1.6 million international tourists entered the country, leaving the economy with more than $1.6 billion in revenue.
Mitur expects that the country will receive more than 2.9. million international visitors by the end of the year, leaving revenues exceeding $2.9 billion.
If the MITUR projection is met, tourist arrivals to El Salvador would grow by 11.5% compared to the 2.6 million received in 2019.
Improved Security Has Helped El Salvador Tourism
After years of violence, El Salvador has reached a level of security not seen in over 30 years; this has helped the tourism industry.
In 2023, El Salvador stands as a captivating tourist destination, blending historical charm with natural beauty. Its evolving infrastructure and commitment to tourism make it an enticing choice for travelers seeking unique experiences in Central America.