Tourism had not shown such a drastic decrease since the Twin Towers terrorist strikes in New York, 2001.
Elperiodico.com.gt published comments by Carolina López, spokeswoman for the Panamerican Tourism Promotion Agency (PTP), "tour sales dropped up to 70%, tourists are not traveling to Guatemala because of the crisis, fear of infection with the A H1N1 flu, and the scandal generated by the assassination of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenber, which resonated across the globe, causing fear among business travelers (businessmen and investors)".
The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat) projects that for 2009 they will have a 3% to 4% growth.
According to prensalibre.com "Roberto Robles, Inguat director, said that the figures that have been projected were made taking into consideration the global economic situation which is affecting the main countries which sends tourists to our country, especially the United States.
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