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Guatemala Creates Ministry of Tourism Position as It Overhauls Institute of Tourism

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To implement Guatemala’s recent National Policy for Sustainable Toursim, the President announced the creation of the Ministry of Tourism, which will coordinate the activities of the Tourism Development Cabinet and the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat). Additionally, Inguat will be restructured with the creation of a Board composed of representatives of the public and private sectors to provide it with political autonomy.

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Created Ministry of Tourism

Otto Perez Molina President yesterday presented the National Policy for Sustainable Tourism Development in Guatemala 2012-2022, which seek to increase the number of tourists arriving in the country of 1.8 million in 2011 to 2.8 million visitors in 2022.

To implement it, the president announced the creation of the Ministry of Tourism, which will coordinate the activities of the Tourism Development Cabinet and the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat), which will be restructured and will have a Board composed of representatives of the public and private sectors to provide it with political autonomy for this Congress will receive a bill to reform the Executive Organization Act.

“We set out to position Guatemala as one of the top destinations worldwide, so will the number of visitors to the country and generate more jobs and foreign exchange,” said the president.

Governmental Accord 97-2012, which created the Department of Tourism, will be published in the coming days in the official newspaper said Perez. The new secretariat will be headed by Peter Duchez, Inguat director, who will be replaced by Maruja Acevedo, current deputy director of the institution.

Goal for 2022
The National Tourism Policy aims to reach 2.8 million tourists by 2022, up 35 percent from 1.8 million in 2011.

The goal is to raise foreign exchange earnings from tourism by 8 percent annually. In 2011 tourists spent in the country U.S. $ 1.3 billion.

Another measure announced by the president was the restructuring of the Tourism Development Cabinet, to be led by the Vice President and composed of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Finance, Communications, Environment and Natural Resources, Culture and Sports, as well as the Secretaries of Executive Coordination of the Presidency, Planning and Programming and Social Communication, the Inguat, the National Programme for Competitiveness and Rural Development Commissioner.

Reforms Inguat
Duchez explained that the amendment to the Organic Law of Inguat will create a board composed of representatives of public and private sectors, in order to give continuity to the projects that go beyond governments, if the president decides to change the shift director of the institution.

Beltranena Mariano, president of the Chamber of Tourism (Camtur), explained that since its inception in 1974, Inguat has more than 40 directors for an average of 10 months management, which does not allow to continue the plans.

The businessman said that if Congress approves the amendment to the Organic Law of Inguat would be given political independence and could function as the Technical Institute of Training and Productivity (INTECAP).

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