Drop in Archaeological Tourism in Guatemala

Insecurity and the economic crisis in Europe are the reasons that only the site of Tikal is maintaining its usual flow of visitors.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Even though from June to August is the peak season for tourism in Europe and North America, operators in the sector have reported a decrease in the number of visitors, especially in the regions of Tikal, Peten, Guatemala Antigua, Sacatepequez, and Panajachel, Solola.

Marlon Diaz, from a subsidiary of the Chamber of Tourism in Petén, said that they have not faced a situation like this since 1980 and claims that the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT) is not promoting the country as it should be.

Luis Reina, president of the Self Management Tourism Committee (CAT), explained that they do not know the exact number of visitors entering the country, "however, we have realized that supply exceeded demand this year." Reina believes that in order to boost tourism, the INGUAT should be promoting the country in Central America and Mexico.

For his part, Peter Duchez, the head of INGUAT, said that according to statistics, the number of visitors has not decreased but rather increased by 6% ​​compared to 2012 when 1.9 million visitors entered the country.

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