Guatemala: Cruise Tourism Up 16%

Improvements in promoting marine tourism could be the cause of the increase in the number of tourists arriving on cruise ships in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2014.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

According to tourism entrepreneurs, the promotional strategy that has been implemented to increase cruise ship arrivals to the country is paying off, and explains the observed increase in tourist arrivals by air.

After the sea route, the route registering the largest increase was by air, with 5%, followed by land routes, with a variation of 2%, according to the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT). reports that "... According to figures from the INGUAT, the type of visitor for June corresponds to 67 percent tourists and 33 percent and day trippers. Likewise, within countries that have higher market shares in the arrivals of non-resident visitors are: El Salvador with 39 percent, the US with 21, Honduras with 8, Mexico with 6, while Costa Rica, the United Kingdom and Colombia accounted for 2 percent each. "

In total 1 million 71 thousand 794 foreigners arrived in the country, which contributed to the economy $772.6 million (Q5 thousand 964 million), representing an increase of 3.5 percent compared with the same period in 2014. "

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Guatemala and Cruise Tourism

May 2018

For the 2017-2018 season, the arrival of 165,000 tourists on board 120 cruise ships is expected, which will represent an increase of 33% over the previous period.

The general director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (Inguat), Jorge Mario Chajon, stated that "... the current cruise season that began in September and will end next August, will be the best ever in Guatemala, both terms of the arrival of vessels, as well as the number of cruise passengers and the projected foreign exchange income. 'A total of 120 cruises will arrive during the season, which is 25% more than last year'."

Guatemala: Growing Influx of Tourists

April 2018

The number of foreign visitors who arrived in the country during Easter Week increased by 33% compared to the same period in 2017, while domestic tourism grew by 21%.

Figures from the Guatemalan Tourism Institute detail that "... tourist activity from March 23 to 31 was intensified compared to the same period in 2017 and exceeded forecasts, with a total of 3,065,918 domestic and foreign tourists.

Drop in Archaeological Tourism in Guatemala

August 2013

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

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.

Guatemala: Concern Over Drop in Tourism from U.S.

October 2012

The number of American tourists received from January to August 2012 was 7.1% lower than in the same period of 2011.

When taking into account all sources of tourists, there has been a slight rise of 2%. reports that "According to Inguat, between January and August a total of 1,270,809 tourists arrived in the country, an increase of 2 percent versus the same period in 2011, when 1,246,066 tourists arrived. "

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