GUATEMALA EARNS US$600M FROM TOURISM

12 Jul 2013 11:19

GUATEMALA, July 4 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA) -- Guatemala has achieved a significant growth in tourism, with a revenue of US$602.6 million during the first five months of this year, up 6.3 per cent from the same period last year.

Its Tourism director, Peter Duchez said between January and May this year, 792,010 tourists visited the country, up 5.2 per cent from previously.

He said, Guatemala also attracted long-stay tourists and those with higher purchasing power during the period under review. The President of the Chamber of Tourism, Mariano Beltranena, said the government had yet to pass a legislation to strengthen the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, a move which would augur well for the tourism industry. --BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA

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