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Guatemala Wants More Cruise Ships

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There is hope of increasing the number of cruise ships visiting Guatemala by 20% for the 2012-2013 season and reviving an activity which has declined in recent years, says the Minister of Tourism.

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Guatemala Wants more Cruise Tourism

Guatemala hopes to increase by 20% the visit of cruise for the season 2012-2013 and retrieve this kind of tourism has declined in recent years, an official source said yesterday.

The director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism, Peter Duchez, told reporters that for the season, which begins in October and ends in May 2013, is expected to visit at least 58 cruises.

That amount will be higher by 20% to 48 cruise ships arrived for the 2011-2012 season the Atlantic and Pacific ports, according to official statistics.

For the 2010-2011 season reached 68 Guatemalan coastal cruises, representing a decline of 38% over the previous period, when they visited the country 94 passenger ships.

The decline in cruise ship visits has been attributed by authorities to insecurity and the lack of a better infrastructure in ports.

Duechez said that in order to recover the visit of cruise, last week a high level committee headed by Vice President of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, met in Miami (United States) with representatives of the main lines of the industry.

Baldetti, said the official, offered better conditions for visitors, because the impulse to tourism as part of its policy of state, and “obtained a commitment from the cruise lines back to Guatemala include in their catalogs.”

The intent of Guatemala is recovered in the 2014-2015 season more than 110 cruise ships that visited the country until 2008.

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