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Guatemala Sees 8% Increase in Visitors; Promotes Regional Tourism Strategies

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Guatemala is set to see an 8% increase in the number of visitors for 2012. The government’s latest promotion is aimed at increasing its tourism based on 3 pillars: creating a calendar to commemorate each 21 months, the establishment of regional strategy in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and international promotion through tourism fairs.

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Inguat Prepare Conditions To Grow 8% In Tourism

The conditions for the tourism sector to grow this year at least 8% and prepared from the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat), according to its chief executive, Peter Paul Duchez.

He said they are willing to overcome the 4% drop the previous government left, relative to 2010. He stressed that no investments were made at key points, such as maintaining roads, tourism infrastructure and combating violence.

Duchez warned that insecurity is the most influential factor in the withdrawal of the international community to find places in our country break.

Strategies
The government has formed an interagency committee led by Inguat, including the Ministries of Culture and Sports and Foreign Affairs, to take advantage of the change was Maya, which is estimated to occur on the Mayan calendar December 21, 2012 .

The entity will seek to promote and enhance tourism based on 3 pillars: creating a calendar to commemorate each 21 months, the establishment of regional strategy in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and international promotion through tourism fairs.

In the departments
In Retalhuleu, according to the president of the subsidiary of the Chamber of Tourism (Camtur), Mario Aguilar, remains at an average of 40% to 50% hotel occupancy. This, despite the proximity of Parks Recreation Institute of Private Sector Workers (Irtra) (read: We are optimistic).

To get the expectation that causes the change was Maya , entrepreneurs in the region announced the formation of Self-Management Committees Tourism (CAT), to work on road maintenance, parks and tourist areas (read: After unification .)

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