Guatemala and Cruise Tourism

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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'."

See also: "Guatemala Starts Off Year With More Tourists"

A statement issued by the Inguat details that " ... According to data collected by the Market Research department at the Inguat, it is estimated that each passenger spends on average around US $70.00 and crew members US $30.00, distributed in food and beverages, handicrafts, fabrics and textiles, jewelry and tourist packages."

"Similarly, it is estimated that around 165 thousand passengers will have arrived in Guatemala at the end of the current season, which means an increase of 33% compared to the previous season, during which 124,140 cruise passengers arrived. Most of them come from the United States, Europe, Canada and the rest of the world.

See full statement (in Spanish).

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