Law Reforms to Reactivate Tourism

A decree reform to promote local tourism, and a bill that would grant tax exemptions for investments in certain tourist sites, are some of the proposals to boost tourism activity in Guatemala.

Monday, February 26, 2018

In addition to the decree that moves holidays to a Monday or Friday in order to favor destinations which are further away by creating long weekends, and the bill that would give tax benefits to investments in tourist sites, authorities at the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism also intend to modify the institution's Organic Law.

See "Tourism in Guatemala: Growth Projected in 2018"

Regarding Decree 42-2010 that promotes domestic tourism, the director of the Inguat, Jorge Mario Chajón, explained to that the modifications were " ... revealed in a third reading by the deputies on Tuesday, February 20, Destinations located in Izabal, Petén, Huehuetenango and San Marcos would be the most favored by having longer breaks."

In relation to the bill, "... this will be presented in the second semester in Congress, and will seek to provide tax benefits to companies that invest in infrastructure in specific sites."

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