The tourism sector is one of the most sensitive regarding security, so taking care of it is a priority.
The crime and violence problem in Central America permeates Central American Travel Market 2010, encouraging initiatives such as regional approval of specialized police forces dedicated to the protection of tourism.
Estimates for the new cruise season, which starts on September 29, contemplates 32% less arrivals.
One reason for this low arrival rate could be blamed on the failure of Congress to reform the Organic Law of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), which would eliminate the current tax of $ 10 charged to each cruise passenger.
Congress passed a decree waiving a $10 tax for tourists from cruise ships.
It applies to visitors staying less than 72 hours in the country.
Roberto Robles, director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, argues that the cruise ship industry is growing in the country, and that it provides economic benefits for the country in the short, mid, and long term, as it provides employment for craftsmen and promotes internal tourism.
Even though visitor projections are good, they are lower than the 40.000 people visiting 2008's August Fairs ("Ferias Agostinas").
Guatemala invested $250.000 in a touristic campaign to attract visitors from El Salvador to these fairs. Authorities also expect the arrival of many Salvadorans who had initially planned to visit Honduras, but are now deterred by the institutional crisis in said country.
Cruise ships promise a 40% increase in visits to the country if an agreement is reached not to collect the $10 per visitor departure tax.
The $10 per visitor departure tax fee was scheduled for implementation in January 2009. However, due to pressure from cruise ship companies that Guatemala would be removed from the list of destinations, implementation had been postponed until May 1.
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