Tourism Development in Atitlan Enhanced

Lake Atitlan receives over 200 thousand tourists a year, who each spend $118 a day and have an average stay of 1.5 days, generating revenues of $32 million a year.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A joint project by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), in collaboration with the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat), is promoting the economic development of the Lake Atitlan area through tourism.

The Municipalities of Santiago Atitlan and San Pedro La Laguna are participating in the plan, which aims to diversify economic activities beyond the traditional agricultural ones and the manufacture of traditional fabrics and crafts, reports

"The idea is to attract more visitors, as they are usually concentrated in the town of Panajachel and only come to other municipalities for a few hours ", said Lucia Hurtado, tourism coordinator for CIDA, adding that the program started in 2009 and will be completed in 2015.

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