First it was Mexico reporting a big increase in tourism. They said the number of foreign visitors arriving at its airports the first eight months of the year were up 19.2 percent over the terrible 2009.
Central American countries are starting to celebrate as well, with reports that there’s a full recovery going on across the region.
According to the article in the Tico Times, many destinations are up by around 10 percent year over year. Guatemala is up 11.7 percent, Costa Rica up 9.6 percent. Perhaps the biggest momentum is going to Nicaragua though:
So far, the number of tourists visiting Nicaragua in 2010 is up 9.6 percent from last year, and Nicaragua was one of the few countries that had a growth year in 2009, bucking the global trend during a worldwide downturn. Tourism, the main motor of Nicaragua’s economy, also continues to attract new investment, which is up by a robust 11.8 percent this year.
The fact that Survivor is taking place in that country can’t hurt—it’s the equivalent of a weekly huge TV ad campaign, but one that people actually pay attention to.
If you’ve been taking advantage of the bargains out there the past two years, good for you. If not, don’t wait too long or you could be paying substantially more!