Passenger Travel Diminishes in Guatemala

The quantity of passengers that arrived in Guatemala in 2008 was 0.4% less than in 2007.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

In 2008, 1,118,678 passengers entered the country, while, in 2007, there were 1,123,200, which represents a decline of 0.4%, according to statistics from the General Director of Civil Aeronautics.

Though it is not a significant reduction, representing only 4,522 fewer passengers, it is the first time that a fall has been registered since 2004, and it was generated by a strong decline in the second semester of 2008.

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The number of visitors to the region dropped 19%, triggering a 20% decline in sales.

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Rampant criminality is the main cause of the decline but a lack of "clear tourism development policies from the government" is also blamed.

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