The U.S. and Canada have canceled their travel alerts for Honduras following last weekend's election of President Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, who will take office on Jan. 27.
The U.S. issued its advisory against all travel to Honduras on June 28, the day after the Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zelaya and exiled him from the country.
Although most of the resulting political protests were in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, far from the country's tourism areas, hotels and businesses on the island of Roatan in the Caribbean said a lot of travelers canceled their plans. They had lobbied to get the advisory lifted earlier, saying it was scaring tourists away.
The Honduras Institute of Tourism said wholesalers see the elections as a positive sign and are once again aggressively selling the destination. Tourism sales have already seen a dramatic increase, the institute stated, as the Canadian charter season begins in mid-December and Honduras' approaching high season brings discounted rates, the tourism institute said in a statement.