Guatemala predicts an expansion of tourism
Authorities in Guatemala's tourism sector are hoping for an increase of close to eight per cent of visitors to the country this year.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Statements from the Guatemalan Tourist Institute indicate that conditions are right to achieve this goal despite the problems of the world economy.
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.
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.
The arrival of tourists to Costa Rica, most of them from the United States, grew by 17 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared with 2007, according to figures from the nation's two international airports.
Businessmen from Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua will take part in a tourism forum whose goal is to promote investment in this country, according to official sources.
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