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El Salvador recovers in the tourism sector and reaches higher levels prior to the pandemic

The flow of local and foreign tourists continues to rise in El Salvador. Only between July 30 and August 4 of this year, a total of 196,628 Salvadorans and foreigners entered or left the country, reported the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (DGME).

Of that number of travelers, the DGME confirmed that 137,637 did so through the land border points between El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The remaining 58,991 did so through the San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport.

Thousands of international tourists have chosen to discover the beauties of El Salvador during this August holiday season, such as Luciano Mendoza, a Brazilian who has come to enjoy our country for the first time. They have also come from Switzerland, China, Holland, Yemen and, of course, Central America, among other nationalities.

The massive influx of foreign visitors has been possible thanks to the security conditions that El Salvador is experiencing, as a result of the execution of the Territorial Control Plan and the exception regime, executed at the initiative of President Nayib Bukele, to combat gangs with greater force. .

“Only few countries have been able to recover their tourism to pre-pandemic levels. And that is international tourism, so the reasons behind it are bitcoin and surfing. But internal tourism is growing even more, mainly due to our repression of the gangs”, affirmed the Salvadoran President, highlighting a Google Mobility Report study.

In the aforementioned study, El Salvador appears with a recovery in tourism greater than the year prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear example of the effectiveness of the Government’s policies.

In addition, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) confirmed that El Salvador is among the 15 nations that have recovered and exceeded the levels of income from tourism compared to the first five months of the year prior to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Source: SUMMA Magazine