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.
It said it hopes to position Guatemala in major markets such as Europe, with strategies directed at attracting a good flow of visitors from Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
Last year one million 627 thousand 552 foreign visitors went to Guatemala, an increase of 8.4 per cent over 2006. They injected 1.2 billion dollars into the economy.

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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.

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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.

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