The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The government of El Salvador has released a new national tourism policy in order to strengthen the sector and help solve ‘big challenges’ for the country.

This new policy, which replaces the one in place since 2010, “gives us the institutional platform that requires a dynamic sector of the economy and allows us to generate substantive foundation for growth,” said the Salvadoran Minister of Tourism (Mitur), Jose Napoleon, during a speech.

Also, he added that it has a regulatory framework in line with the new realities of the country and to the world, which will allow the tourism industry to cooperate with other sectors of society to move the country forward, he added.

The policy sets a number of basic principles that leverage the potential of tourism to contribute to the solution of the great challenges of the country relating to the economy, education, environment, perception of security, governance, among others.

In 2013, El Salvador received 1,822,003 tourists which provided the country to with $904.28 million in revenue, up 17.2% from the $771.6 million raised in 2012, when 1,738,317 tourists entered the country, according to statistics from Mitur.

El Salvador seeks to receive 1.9 million tourists this year, which will generate about $1 billion dollars, according to official estimates. (ACAN-EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica