El Salvador was named as the destination for the 7th Routes Americas event, which will take place in early 2014.
The Honourable Minister of Tourism Mr. José Napoleón Duarte Durán signed the agreement during a signing ceremony which took place yesterday at FITUR in Madrid. Also present at the signing were, El Salvador’s tourism business representatives, employees from CORSATUR, Katie Bland, Future Hosts Director for Routes and David Appleby, Director Latin America & the Caribbean for Routes.
Speaking from Madrid Minister Duarte Durán said: “We are delighted to be announced as the Host of Routes Americas in 2014. We are beginning our efforts, from both the private and public sectors, to prepare for this important event. El Salvador will be pleased to welcome the region’s aviation industry leaders and show what the country can offer as a tourist destination as well as its great potential for business.”
El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America and transfer time from place to place does not exceed 30 minutes. The tropical climate makes this a green destination with warm and pleasant weather. It is a versatile country which combines ancient culture with modern life and mixes business with nature. Since El Salvador adopted the US Dollar as its legal currency in 2001 it has become an international tourist destination for more than 1.6 million travellers due to the economic stability provided by this change in currency. Tourism has increased steadily at an average of 5% year on year and as part of the Government Quinquennial Plan, the contribution of tourism to the nation’s GDP is expected to grow to 10%.
El Salvador Airport’s location, at only 27m above sea level makes it one of the safest airports in the region with one of the longest runways in Central America. A renovation project costing $32 million has been approved and works will be ongoing until January 2014, just prior to Routes Americas which will take place in February. This project will significantly improve passenger experience and assist airlines to improve their operational performance.Every year since 2009 the airport has attracted a new international airline including Iberia, Spirit, Air Transat and, more recently, Aeromexico. The airport is also a Hub for one of the fastest growing airlines in Latin America; Avianca-Taca connecting passengers to South, Central and North America with more than 10 non-stop flights.