As shown in studies, the placing of a site on Unesco's World Heritage Site list stimulates tourism and the listing of "a series" (of a group of places with shared characteristics) can create new routes.
The first phase of this project, supported by Unesco and the French Corporation, in 2008 was focused on four archaeological sites where a significant increase in tourist visits could occur: the elegant Quirigua ruins (Guatemala); the pre-Colombian village of Joya de Ceren, which was tragically buried by the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano; the imposing ceremonial center at San Andres (although it is not on the list of World Heritage Sites, it was considered due to its importance and possible historic relation to Joya de Ceren); the remants of the colonial city of ...
The Honduran Tourism Institute presented a new tourist guide of the region, "The Colonial and Volcanoes Route."
The new guidebook is aimed at promoting development of tourism in the region and promotes Central America as a competitive and quality destination.
The Secretary of Tourism of Honduras, Nelly Jerez, during the presentation pointed out that "Central America expects more cooperation from all tour operators in the region, especially airlines, to allow easier movement of visitors between the countries of the region and beyond," says the article in EFE.
Insecurity and the economic crisis in Europe are the reasons that only the site of Tikal is maintaining its usual flow of visitors.
Even though from June to August is the peak season for tourism in Europe and North America, operators in the sector have reported a decrease in the number of visitors, especially in the regions of Tikal, Peten, Guatemala Antigua, Sacatepequez, and Panajachel, Solola.
Panama Tourism Authority (PTA) is developing two new touristic routes in the Veraguas province.
BB&M Publishing Agency will develop the advertising campaign.
Jaime Cornejo, director of the Tourism Master Plan of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, noted that in the next three months they will invest to improve the spots that will be visited by tourists and to train the inhabitants of these zones.
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