Tourism growth looks positive for Guatemala

Significant investment in tourism is being planning for Central American country Guatemala. Guatemala's tourist board is projecting 2.2 million visitors for the year 2014.

Tourism growth looks positive for Guatemala

Significant investment in tourism is being planning for Central American country Guatemala.

Guatemala’s tourist board is projecting 2.2 million visitors for the year 2014.

Tourism arrivals to the country grew by 2.8 percent in the third quarter, and North American travelers were the number one foreign visitors.

In an interview with the Caribbean Journal, Pedro Duches, Director of the national tourist board, IGUAT, said:

“Tourism is one of the main industries in the country, generating significant revenue to the economy as well as new employment opportunities. There is a projected investment of USD $350 million over the next three years from both the private and public sectors, which is allotted towards new hotels, infrastructure, as well as the enhancement of public spaces and tourist attractions. It’s a very exciting time for the destination.”

A new Ramada hotel, a new Courtyard by Marriott and a La Quinta hotel are in the planning for Guatemala City alone.

“Investment by these top hotel brands is a testament to Guatemala’s growing appeal in the international arena,” Duchez said in the Caribbean Journal interview. “While popular areas such as Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Petén see continued interest for further development, the Tourism Board is also focused on broadening the spectrum by showcasing other lesser known areas such as Las Verapaces and Rio Dulce that offer different types of excursions such as wildlife encounters and adventure experiences.”

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