Latin America continues to position itself as the continent that has recovered its tourism figures the most after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to ForwardKeys, the firm specializing in tourism and travel trends on a global scale.
An article published by the international firm indicates that the Americas pave the way for the recovery of travel in 2022, and has made rapid progress to date, with Latin America and the Caribbean continuing to shine, well above the average international figure.
The ForwardKeys report was taken up by the President of the Republic Nayib Bukele, who confirmed that El Salvador was the most visited destination in the first quarter of 2022.
«Capturing prominence are the destinations in Central America in the first quarter of this year. The most resilient destinations are El Salvador with +28% above pre-pandemic levels, followed by Nicaragua (+8%) and Mexico (-8%)”, indicates the publication made by the international firm.
The report adds that the countries of the American continent surpassed all other regions of the world in terms of international arrivals, since tourists arrive attracted by their simple travel rules, security protocols and regular flights from the United States and Europe.
The preference of international tourists for El Salvador is reflected in data from the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), which indicates that between January 1 and July 3, 2022, 1.7 million inbound and outbound passengers were served, in addition of 17,964 commercial passenger flights at the El Salvador San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport.
In addition, from June 27 to July 3, that is, in just one week, the airport handled more than 70,000 incoming and outgoing passengers,
In this same scenario, the Minister of Tourism, Morena Valdez, explained that Salvadoran tourism has recovered by 91% until May of this year and it is expected that 2022 will end as “year zero”, in order to start having economic figures. and visits like the ones in 2019.
On the other hand, ForwardKeys highlighted that in 2021 Mexico was leading the way; however, as countries in the region have opened their borders and made attractive travel deals, they are facing increased competition.
“Travel demand for Easter and summer is approaching 2019 levels in Latin America and the Caribbean,” she added.