Optimism for Tourism in 2019

During 2018, tourist arrivals to Guatemala reached 2.4 million and the year-on-year increase was 14%. By 2019, the number of visitors is expected to rise to 2.6 million, representing a 10% increase.

Friday, February 22, 2019

According to figures from the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), it is estimated that between 2018 and 2019, foreign exchange income in the sector will register a 2% increase, going from $1.231 million to $1.249 million.

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The institution's forecasts specify that for the years concerned the average stay of tourists arriving in the country will also increase, in this case would be from 6.62 days to 7.47 days.

Luis Rey, president of the Chamber of Tourism of Guatemala (Camtur), told Prensalibre.com that "... to achieve 10% growth in tourism by 2019 as projected by INGUAT, the actions being offered for the year (such as those detailed in the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism 2015-2025) must be fulfilled."

Rey added that "... we must continue working based on this plan to consolidate tourism as an axis of development and 'we must be the guardians of the execution in addition to presenting it to the presidential candidates who come out with more votes with the idea that they implement it later in their government."

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