Guatemala: Expectations for Cruise Season

In the season which began on September 16 and which will end in August 2018, the record number of 120 cruise ships is expected to arrive at the ports of Santo Tomás de Castilla, Río Dulce, Livingston and Puerto Quetzal.

Monday, October 16, 2017

From a statement issued by the Guatemalian Tourism Institute:

Guatemala, October 16, 2017. The current cruise season is marked by a series of characteristics, that make it historical. Among them, three new cruise lines will be arriving at Guatemalan coasts. In addition, the cruise lines that already travel to the country have scheduled visits by eight cruise ships which will stop at the ports for the first time. And, the most outstanding thing is that a record historical figure has been set for Guatemala, with the arrival of a total of 120 boats in the current season. The projected contribution to the economy from foreign exchange earnings is over $7 million.

"In the last twenty years world demand for tourist cruises has registered one of the largest growths in the sector. Guatemala is no exception.  This permanent dynamism that characterizes cruise ship activities, is responsible for this segment being included in our strategy as a key product for the nation's tourism development," said Jorge Mario Chajón, Director General of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INUAT). "Today, it is very satisfying to inform you of the start of the best cruise season ever seen in our country, as a result of working together with the private sector, improving existing infrastructures, as well as the international professionalization of the staff that make up the people who cater to cruise goers."

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