Tourism to Grow 13% in Guatemala

At the end of 2018, it is projected that the tourist arrivals to the country will register an increase of 13% with respect to 2017, and the currencies generated by the sector could exceed $1.6 billion.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Authorities of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT) reported that if the arrival of tourists increased 13% during 2018, it would be the second consecutive year that the country reports double-digit increases, since between 2016 and 2017 there was a year on year variation of 11% in the number of visitors.

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Concerning the increase that would be registered this year, Jorge Mario Chajón, director of Inguat, explained to that "... there has been an increase in direct flights from different airlines. An effort and a risk that is being taken on, but it is being done because there is growth in demand."

The article reviews that ".... There are high expectations of maintaining these levels by 2019. For this the country will be promoted as a destination in 40 international tourism fairs. Also, it will maintain promotions, so much in foreign mass media, as well as in fences, taxis, buses, international events of the main cities generators of tourism for the country, as well as cities of the United States and Europe."

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