Hotel Occupancy: Incipient Reactivation

Following the removal of some of the restrictions imposed in Guatemala by the covid-19 outbreak, the hotel sector reports a rise in occupancy, reaching a level of 25% on August 15 and 16.

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Guatemalan tourism sector continued to be closed for four months, but as of July 27 and with the implementation of the Health Alert System, several restrictions began to be relaxed.

The Chamber of Tourism of Guatemala (Camtur) reported that during the week of July 27th through August 2nd, hotel occupancy increased and reached 20% on average. During the weekend of August 15th and 16th, hotel occupancy continued to rise and climbed to 25%.

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Andreas Kuestermann, president of the Convention Bureau (which associates with large hotels), explained to that "... the establishments in the capital have not yet begun to open, but in Antigua Guatemala they have already begun with their restaurants, mainly with open-air spaces, although some lodgings have not opened or have made few rooms available."

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Kuestermann added that "... One of the hotels that reopened this weekend is Porta Hotel Antigua, where the capacity was reduced by about 50%, but they did receive guests throughout the day. In Antigua Guatemala, Casa Santo Domingo, Camino Real and El Solei also reopened."

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