December 12th, 2010
For decades, unrest and violence kept El Salvador in the shadows. But as conditions inside the country have improved, the government has made an effort to develop the tourist industry, and it is growing rapidly. Per Wikipedia:
"Last year tourism accounted for 4.6% of GDP; only 10 years ago, it accounted for 0.4%. In this same year tourism grew 4.5% worldwide. Comparatively, El Salvador saw an increase of 8.97%, from 1.15 million to 1.27 million tourists. This has led to revenue from tourism growing 35.9% from $634 million to $862 million. As a reference point, in 1996 tourism revenue was $44.2 million. "
El Salvador's excellent beaches are great for surfing, swimming or just working on your tan. The cities have excellent nightlife, and if you just want to get away from it all, you can s
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