More Facilities for Foreign Tourists in Guatemala

The Commission on Sustainable Tourism (Comiturs) has requested free entry for every tourist that has a U.S. visa in order to facilitate immigration procedures.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"We are trying to bring more tourism revenue into the country, by helping tourists come to Guatemala," said Alfonso Muralles, president of Comiturs, attached to the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport).

The executive said that currently travelers are discouraged by paperwork. Muralles stressed that this measure has been adopted by Mexico and Costa Rica, which has allowed a massive influx of tourists, reported Prensalibre.com.



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