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14 million tourists expected to visit Central America each year by 2020


Relying mainly on its geographical and cultural attractions, today Central America points to a dramatic growth in tourism, with some reports estimating that the number of foreign visitors will reach 14 million by 2020.


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According to reports by experts of the National Tourism Congress of Costa Rica and studies released on the Internet, in 2011 the region earned 3.6 percent of the total tourism earnings of the Americas.

Meanwhile, sources of the consulting and financial advisory services firm Deloitte Panama predicted that some 14 million tourists will visit Central America by 2020, nearly twice the average 7.9 million travellers received every year at present.

They added that this tourist growth in Central America is part of the global upward trend, mainly in emerging markets.

Some researchers consider that the success of tourism in Latin America in general relies on the travellers’ increasing interest in its culture, diversity of traditions and religions, beautiful landscapes and virgin nature.

Central America received eight million tourists last year and they brought 7.20 billion USD into the region; Costa Rica was the most visited country, followed by Panama, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Central America among fastest-growing destinations for Americans traveling overseas


The latest numbers from the US government’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industry (OTTI) show that overseas travel by Americans is growing in in all of the eight regions it has identified, with Central America, Middle East and Asia growing the fastest.

According to the latest numbers published by the OTTI, a total of 23 million US citizens traveled outside their country during the first five months of 2012, with 49 percent of them going to overseas locations and 51 percent traveling within North America.

Overseas travel was up overall by 9 percent with a total of 11.2 million travelers. The three most visited regions were Europe (17 percent) followed by the Caribbean (12 percent) and Asia (8 percent).

The fastest-growing destinations were Central America, the Middle East and Asia. During the first five months of the year, a total of 1 million US passengers visited Central America, 15 percent more compared to the same period in 2011.


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