Cruise Tourism Growing in Guatemala

Each cruise passenger spends on average $70 in the terminal and $89 on tours offered in areas around the port.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The country aims to increase the number of cruise ships arriving Guatemalan land joining forces with other interested regions and through partnerships with companies.

According to official data "during the 2012-2013 season, the cruise segment grew by 148% in Guatemala, with the arrival of 71 boats. "

"Guatemala is also committed to strengthening regional efforts to unite Puerto Chiapas (Mexico) and Puerto Calderas (Costa Rica), the result of this joint effort, named 'Ruta Mesoamericana', could also be joined by Puerto de Huatulco (Mexico) Acajutla (El Salvador) and Puerto San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua)."

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