Guatemala: Growing Influx of Tourists

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%.

Monday, April 2, 2018

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.

The General Director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), Jorge Mario Chajon, explained that "... 'Regarding the income of non-resident visitors we expected an increase of 26%.  However, counting in the migration centers showed the arrival of 152,878 non-resident visitors, equivalent to about 33% growth compared to the previous week. Meanwhile, we projected that the movement of nationals would be 15%, but it was 2,913,040 people, that is to say, 21% more compared to 2017'."

The official added that foreign visitors came mainly from El Salvador, Mexico, the United States, Canada and countries in Europe.  The main access route was via land with 76%, followed by air with 24%. It is estimated that the economic benefit was $374 million.

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