In terms of quantity, 2011 closed with 1,634,679 visitors, 62%, from Central America, 30% of the U.S., 4% from South America, and 4% from Europe.
"'Foreign exchange earnings from tourism have a real impact for the Salvadoran economy, as this represents a contribution of 2.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)', said the head of tourism, Jose Napoleon Duarte .
According to statistics, foreigners spent more last year. For example, in 2009, tourists spent $75.50 per day, in 2010, $78.50, while last year the figure was $103 per tourist".
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The number of tourists arriving in the country has increased, but now they spend less per day than they did in the boom years.
While in 2008, 2.1 million tourists visited the country and spent $2.1 billion, in 2012 2.3 million arrived and only spent $2.2 billion.
In 2008, each visitor spent about $1,041 in the 11 days that their stay lasted, however, in 2012 the average consumption dropped to $947.
Panama International Airport is not only an airport terminal, but also a "Mall" where every passenger who travels spends an average of $50.
Last year, Tocumen International Airport reported movement of 5,844,561 passengers, who spent $290 million during their stay, the equivalent of $50 per person, according to data from the terminal’s management company, Tocumen, SA
In the first six months of the year, a 22.3% increase in tourists’ daily spending was reported, as compared to the same period in 2010.
According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, visitors who spend most are those entering by air, with a daily average of $82.5.
Tourists entering by land record an average daily expenditure of $26.4.
In the first nine months of the year an increase of 13.9% was reported in daily spending compared to the same period in 2010.
During the aforementioned period, spending by visitors amounted to $1,397 million, $170 million more than in 2010.
"Although projections by the Panama Tourism Authority indicate that in 2011 the country will surpass the barrier of two million tourists, some business connected with the activity believe that this figure will not be reached.