Mariano Beltranena, manager of the Vista Real Hotel, said he felt optimistic after participating in the Assembly of the Convention, Meeting and Congress sector carried out in Chicago last week.
In the midst of the US economic crisis, corporate or executive tourism "is now looking to Guatemala as a destination country," he declared.
Salvadoran Fernando Poma, executive director of the Real Hotels and Resource - which is in charge of the Real Intercontinental Hotel franchise in the Central America - was of the opinion that the corporate segment will continue on the Isthmus, however they will have to attract executives from other regions.
Real Hotels & Resorts announced state-of-the-art technology upgrades for all its hotels in Central America.
Sound-proof meeting rooms, 25 giant screens for video conferences, and high-speed internet services are some of the innovations to be developed.
Fernando Poma, vice president of the hotel division of Salvadoran conglomerate Grupo Poma, told ElPeriodico.com.gt: "We have one objective: to be 5 years ahead of the competition by means of a process of constant innovation. Being the only hotel chain providing all these services helps us to be chosen by our customers".
Real Hotels & Resorts (RHR) is planning to double in size over the next two years.
The new projects, which should all be completed at the end of the next year, are spread over Central America from San Pedro Sula (Honduras), to the expansion of the Real Quality Hotel (Airport) in El Salvador, to a new project - Club Tower - annexed to the Real InterContinental Hotel in Escazu, San Jose (Costa Rica).
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