Rains Impact Trade and Tourism in Guatemala

Heavy rains have led to deteriorations in road infrastructure, the closure of customs offices and a reduction in tourism.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The closure of the Entre Ríos customs at the border with Honduras due to the collapse of the bridge over the Motagua river meant that Izabel in Guatemala was cut off from the Honduran industrial capital, San Pedro Sula. This in turn made it impossible for land freight to reach Guatemala from Honduras' Caribbean ports.

Otoniel Carranza, a palm oil producer's Human Resources manager, told Prensalibre.com that, "we will stop processing 150 tons of palm - the collapse of the bridge affects job security of 200 local employees if no solution can be found to transport the harvest to the processing plants".

According to Guatemala's tourism institute the rain has left several routes impassable, preventing access to various tourist destinations with hotels suffering falls in business of up to 50%.

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