In 2014 organizing marriages for foreigners generated revenue of $30 million in the country, 25% more than the $24 million generated during 2013.
The trend of getting married in other countries is growing in developed economies such as the US, where most of the revenues in Guatemala generated from this activity came from. Although regionally Mexico dominates this market, Guatemala is looking to position itself as a wedding destination in Central America, making itself known in tourism fairs and increasing international promotion.
A trip is being prepared for businesses from the tourism sector to a trade show in Spain in order to encourage convention and business tourism.
Guatemalan tourism businesses will be taking part in the leading international fair in the field of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE), which will be held from 18 to 20 November in Barcelona, Spain.
With the organization of the second edition of the International Boat Show in May 2015, the aim is to strengthen the sector's development and turn the country into a "hub" for yachts in the region.
Efrem Zimbalist, CEO of Show Management, the firm organizing the event, told Panamaamerica.com.pa that "...The target market for the 2015 show are customers in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. We've designed the show in order to attract these and invite new stakeholders. "
An appeal against the first stage of the public tender for the construction project will delay the start of works for more than six months.
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) has postponed until the second half of 2015 the opening of the National Congress and Convention Center (CNCC by its initials in Spanish), because an appeal against the first stage of the tender for construction of the project is delaying the start of work.
The Tourism Authority of Panama calling for companies to submit bids for the operation of the convention center.
The selection of the firm that will manage the convention center to be built in Amador at a cost of $194 million will not go through the PanamaCompra system. The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), said that they know of experienced firms for the project, and therefore they will hold the tender by invitation.
The Ministry of the Presidency of Panama is putting out to tender the organization and execution of all activities involved in the World Economic Forum for Latin America to be held from 1 to 3 April 2014.
Box office revenues from the show featuring Mexican Ocesa in Costa Rica, will be close to $17 million.
In the past two years an average of 30 major arts events have taken place in the Costa Rican capital, with an average annual income from ticket sales of $12 million.
"The Municipality of Alajuela estimates that the organizer of the show, Ocesa Costa Rica, will have to pay an amount which is close to $795,000, representing 5% city tax per ticket sold," noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.
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