Insecurity Affects Tourism in Guatemala

The safety warnings issued by Germany have affected the flow of tourists from that country.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Guatemalan tour operators and wholesalers say that several countries have issued warnings, Germany being the strictest.

According to, "the cancellation of visits began in 2009, worsened in 2010 and expects to continue, as promotions of national tourist sites still are not appearing in German catalogs aimed at potential travelers."

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