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The Local Tourism Stimulation bill submitted to the National
Congress by the Tourism Ministry has been highly successful,
leading to massive numbers of Hondurans traveling over the Holy
Week holiday and a nationwide hotel occupancy rate of 93%.
The number of tourists visiting Honduras from other countries
also increased thanks to the initiative. Up 34% over the same
period the previous year, a total of 20,117 tourists traveled
to Honduras this Holy Week.
In terms of local tourism, destinations nationwide enjoyed
greater numbers of visitors compared to last year. Hotels
along the North Coast registered a 95% occupancy rate overall,
with the most popular beach towns of Tela and La Ceiba reporting
100%. San Pedro Sula - a key distribution center for
other North Coast destinations - enjoyed 85% occupancy.
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The Bay Islands also reported increased tourist flow, with 100%
of hotels full in Utila, 94% in Roatan and 90% in Guanaja. In
western Honduras, hotels in Copan Ruinas enjoyed 92% occupancy
with 25% of visitors coming from abroad. The Copan Archaeological
Park registered a record 7,000 visitors during Holy Week.
Other regions reported an increased tourist flow as well.
South Coast hotels were 98% full, while hotels in eastern
Honduras, Lake Yojoa and Comayagua registered 90% occupancy.
Broken down into numbers, Tela welcomed 117,306 visitors,
both Honduran and foreign, San Lorenzo welcomed 12,358 and
the beaches of Cedeño and Punta Raton 62,000, while
30,000 people traveled to colonial Comayagua to enjoy cultural
and religious events there.
These figures show that moving Octoberâ€™s national holidays
to April, giving many Hondurans a full week off for Holy Week,
was an effective move for the countryâ€™s tourism industry.