Nearly 13 million visitors in 2013

The final visitor figures for 2013 released by the Ministries of Tourism of the seven Central American countries - Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama - show that tourism to the region continued to grow last year, with a total of 12,959,843 visitors, 3.83% more than in 2012.

The region also continued to grow in popularity amongst European visitors, with a total of 890,821 European travellers in 2013, an increase of 3.44% compared to the previous year. Spain (172,529 visitors) and Germany (128,770 visitors) remain the main source markets in Europe, followed by the UK (104,810 visitors). Costa Rica and Panama were the two countries that experienced the greatest increase in the number of European visitors, 5.6% and 18.5% up respectively.

Visitors also spent more in Central America last year. Tourism revenue for the region increased by 18% from US$7,961 million in 2012 to US$9,397 million in 2013.

Central America continues to grow in popularity thanks to the efforts of the Central America Tourism Agency to promote the destination in Europe, plus the continuous investment on transport infrastructure, new hotels and tourist products, as well as an increased range of tour operator packages and flight connections available.