Guatemala Reports Recovery in the Tourism Sector

The country received nearly 900,000 non-resident visitors until April, generating over USD 480 billion.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- The Analysis and Market Research Department of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism -Inguat- registered the entry of 898,679 non-resident travelers, representing a 95% recovery in the tourism sector compared to the pre-pandemic year 2019. These data refer to the first quarter of the year 2023.

During the first four months, there has been a constant growth of tourists and a considerable increase compared to 2022, according to the Inguat report. As a result, the recovery projection is 90%.

Foreign Tourists

Of the total number of international tourists, 392,828 are from El Salvador, the country with the highest number of tourists coming to Guatemala. Other countries arriving in Guatemala are:

  • United States, 184,523 
  • Europe, 67,806 
  • Honduras, 65, 732 
  • Central America, 44, 826 
  • South America, 35, 469 
  • Mexico, 30, 229
  • Canada, 16, 008 
  • Belize, 11, 322 
  • From other parts of the world, 16,739 
  • Cruise passengers, 33, 197

Additionally, the registry indicates that 36% of the tourists arrived by air, 59% by land, and 5% by sea.

Economic Revenue

Inguat estimates that the country generated USD 481.5 million from the visit of over 898,000 tourists–a positive figure for the country’s economy.

This data is based on travelers staying in the country for at least five nights and a daily expenditure of USD 101.86.

Authorities emphasize that the promotion of Guatemala internationally to attract foreign tourism continues, as well as creating projects to boost local tourism.

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