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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On average, each visitor spent $110 per day, 10% more than in the previous year.
During 2013, visitor arrivals to El Salvador meant revenues of $904 million, $168 million more than the $736 million generated by the activity in 2012. Each tourist spent $110 a day, 10% more than the previous year.
Between January and July 2014 the number of tourists who came into the country increased by 4.7% compared to the same period in 2013, and they spent on average $108.6 per day, which is 3% more.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador:
The main tourism indicators (employment, income, daily expenses, lodging, number of visitors) reported significant growth in the first seven months of the year, confirming the strength of the tourism industry in the Salvadoran economy. The indicator for job creation in tourism in the month of June 2014 shows an increase of 5.93% compared to the same month in 2013, with more than 48,893 versus the 46,154 jobs recorded in 2013.
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