El Salvador Set a New Record in Tourist Arrivals in 2023

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Jan 3rd, 2024
El Salvador National LibraryEl Salvador National Library. Image by MITURElSalvador.

Morena Valdez, the Minister of Tourism of El Salvador (MITUR), informed that more than 3.4 million people entered the country in 2023, setting a new record. Minister Valdez made the announcement on her X account yesterday, January 2.

An incredible 2023 for the country! We exceeded all international visitor entry goals; more than 3.4 million people entered to enjoy the new El Salvador. Morena Valdez, the Minister of Tourism of El Salvador.

According to the Minister, 43% of visitors arrived from the United States, 23% from Guatemala, 15% from Honduras, and 19% from other countries. “If in 2023 we were good hosts, in 2024 we will be the best,” commented Valdez.

According to authorities, 56% of visitors entered through our International Airport and 44% through our land borders.

Furthermore, MITUR stated that the most visited locations for 2023 were the Tourist Complex of the Port of La Libertad, the Balboa Natural Park, the Cerro Verde, the El Boquerón National Park, and Sunset Park.

December alone set a new tourism record for El Salvador. Eny Aguiñada, president of the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism, informed that: “In the period from December 23 to January 1, we received 110,000 international visitors, that is, we increased by 33% compared to 2022.”

I want to emphasize that the goal we had for December was to receive 313,000 visitors, and this was exceeded since we received 377,000 tourists at the end of December 31. Eny Aguiñada.

The National Library and the San Salvador historic downtown were the great protagonists of the December holidays, with more than 137 thousand visitors.

According to Salvadoran authorities, El Salvador has transformed into a secure destination for tourism, investment, and residence, thanks to the prevailing climate of peace and tranquility across the territory.

“In 2023 we end with good data and many tourists who have arrived in the country. By 2024 we are planning to promote and position ourselves as an investment attraction and, thus, have better spaces for our visitors,” said the Minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez.

El Salvador has improved its tourist and cultural spots to attract new visitors and place the country as a top destination in Central America.