Arrival of cruise ships at risk in Guatemala

Norwegian Cruise Line conditioned the arrival of its cruise ships to the country on whether the Government continues to insist on charging the $10 departure tax for each tourist.

Friday, January 9, 2009 reports that "The company is threatening to take its 27 ships, which it was planning to bring to Guatemala this year, to other countries. It is also recommending that the world meeting of cruise ships not take place in Guatemala. Roberto Robles, director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (Inguat), confirmed that they will not eliminate the aforementioned tax charge, since it is established by the organic law of the entity."

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Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to Visit Honduras

February 2012

The Florida Caribbean Cruise Representatives Association (FCCA) wants to personally see sites that may be suitable for installing luxury cruise terminals in the future.

A high level delegation from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) will visit Honduras next week to learn about different locations in the Honduran Caribbean that could become luxury cruise terminals, revealed the Ministry of Tourism.

Cruise Tourism in Central America Growing

July 2011

Countries are making significant efforts to strengthen this sector, according to the Tourism Promotion Agency of Central America.

Honduras recently reported the arrival of 470,000 cruise passengers in the first six months of 2011, over 188 cruise ships, 115 of which landed in Mohogany Bay, which recently opened a new dock.

Norwegian Cruise Line Drops Guatemala

April 2010

Cruise ship company Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), announced that it won’t include Guatemala in its upcoming season.

This implies the loss of 24.000 tourists next season (Oct/2010 – May/2011). Guillermo Novielli, sub director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, stated they will talk with the company to determine the cause of this decision.

Guatemala suspends visitor tax

January 2009

The $10 departure tax for visitors, which became effective yesterday, was postponed until May 1. reports: "Executives from the cruise ship industry and officials met yesterday in the country to reach an agreement regarding the controversial charge, which was suspended until next May or until an agreement is reached.

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