More Tourists Arriving in Guatemala

During 2019, tourist arrivals to Guatemala increased 6% over the previous year; however, the average stay decreased slightly, from 6.63 days in 2018 to 6.56 days in 2019.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Figures from the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) show that in 2019 2,559,599 tourists entered the country, a figure 6% higher than the 2,405,902 visitors reported in 2018.

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Jorge Mario Chajón, director of Inguat, explained to that "... the projections were impacted by the optical instability of the region and that Guatemala was also affected by political instability, in addition to the impact that the passage of the migrant caravans that left El Salvador and Honduras could have had."

In the case of income generated, it did not increase at the same rate, since last year tourists spent in the country about $1,249 million, which is 1% more than the $1,231 million registered in 2018.

Chajón added that "... the income of foreign currency has not grown in the same way as that of visitors, among other reasons because hotel rates have fallen and because the days of stay have also been reduced slightly."

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