Tourism Revenue Down 28% in Guatemala

In June, tourists spent $69.9 million in the country, 28.1% less than the $97.2 million spent in the same month of 2008.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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)".

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Guatemala: Slight Increase in Tourism

September 2012

As of July 1, 069, 805 visitors have entered the country, 2.3% more than in the same period in 2011.

According to the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Intur), during the same period, the amount of foreign exchange recorded increased by 1.4%, with $784 million coming in.

Guatemala: More Tourists, Same Sales

January 2010

Even though Guatemala received 3.1% more tourists in 2009, each one spent less, as tourism sales remained flat.

Despite the international economic crisis and the A H1N1 flu, which affected Guatemala's tourism industry, the country ended 2009 with 53.000 more visitors than 2008.

4% growth projected for Guatemalan tourism

January 2009

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.

Guatemala to Provide Insurance for Tourists

July 2011

The Inguat, using tax collections via the tourist visa will offer medical and legal insurance to tourists for up to 15 days.

To achieve this, the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat) is contracting out the legal and medical assistance service.

Although the tourist tax of $5 per person (over 12 years old), is cited in Inguat’s Organic Law, it has long been dormant.

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