Guatemala fights violent reputation for tourists

With such stunning natural beauty, Guatemala should be one of the world's leading tourist destinations, not a country shunned by visitors fearful of its reputation for violent crime.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Standing among rows of coffee beans drying in the sun, Jorge Santizo gestures towards the azure depths of Lake Atitlan and the three towering volcanoes dotting its shore.
"Guatemala has jungles, rainforests, deserts and beaches, but no matter how good we do, we look bad," said Santizo, who works for a Pentecostal mission at San Lucas Toliman in the western highlands, 64 kilometres west of Guatemala City.

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Costa Rica boosts tourist promotion in US and Canada

May 2008

Costa Rica is to invest US$14 million this year in tourist promotion in the United States and Canada amid fears that the difficulties faced by the US economy could lead to a decline in visitors, Tourism Minister Carlos Benavides said.

Benavides told press conference that the campaign would project Costa Rica as a "sustainable" destination with unique appeal.

El Salvador: Tourist tax collections increase

April 2008

The special tax that international tourists pay as they leave the country from the El Salvador International Airport has provided the country with 1.7 million dollars between January and March of this year.

Last year the tax yielded 7.1 million dollars, up from 6.1 million dollars in 2006. The goal for 2008 is to get 8.2 million dollars, said Tourism Minister Rubén Rochi.

New campaign launched to promote Honduras as a tourist destination

April 2008

The Honduras Tourism Ministry today launched a new campaign with its "country brand" to promote its tourist attractions internationally.

The new campaign will cost 1.265 million dollars. Of this 750,000 will be spent in the United States, said Tourism Minister Ricardo Martínez. Another 250,000 dollars will be spent on promotions in Central America, and the rest will promote domestic tourism in Honduras.

Panama promotes incentive tourism

June 2008

Panama is promoting itself as a destination for "incentive tourism" that companies offer to their executives, employees and clients.

The Panamanian Tourism Institute (Ipat) believes that Panama and its coasts have much to offer in terms of incentive tourism, a growing sector of the international tourism industry.

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