Routes Americas Heads to El Salvador in 2014

Ministry of Tourism El Salvador named as host of 7(th)Routes Americas event 
MANCHESTER, England, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - El Salvador was today named as the 
destination for the 7(th) 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." 
"We are thrilled to be taking Routes Americas 2014 to El Salvador- a fast 
emerging tourist destination, with growing air connectivity throughout the 
Americas and beyond, having added a new international air service every year 
since 2009,"commented Katie Bland continuing: "The air service development 
community will be able to experience the destination and the opportunities it 
presents through the modernisation at El Salvador International Airport due 
for completion in early 2014, the exceptional facilities and its mix of 
ancient culture and modernity, nature and adventure. We are very much 
looking forward to working with the teams of the Ministry of Tourism, El 
Salvador International Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority to develop 
further air connections to El Salvador." 
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 
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. 
By hosting Routes Americas, the most important aviation networking event for 
the Americas Region, El Salvador hopes to show the world that the country is 
confident as a strategic business location and become a pioneer of hosting 
this kind of event within the region with a high capacity to develop markets. 
Finally hosting the event will also integrate the three state institutions 
related to the national development of the airline industry (the Civil 
Aviation Authority, the International Airport and the Ministry of Tourism). 
Notes to Editors 
About Routes 

    --  Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking
        events through its regional and global Route Development
        Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional
        event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS
    --  Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based
        ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route
        development for airports.
    --  Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in
        August 2010.  From 1(st) August 2012 Routes, ASM and the
        Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition become part of the UBM
        Live division of UBM plc.
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