One reason for this low arrival rate could be blamed on the failure of Congress to reform the Organic Law of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), which would eliminate the current tax of $ 10 charged to each cruise passenger.
On the subject, news portal Newsinamerica.com published comments from Karina Velasquez, Manager of Social Communication at INGUAT, "The cruise lines call to learn about current status of the country and benefits in docking here, but the news is not good at all because of the imposed tax to tourists.”
During the next season that starts in October 15, 180 cruise ships will anchor in the Colon 2000 terminal.
For the current nine-month season (October-10 June-11) two cruise ships will depart from this terminal: the Ocean Dream, by Spanish company Pullmantur, and the Grandeur of the Seas, by Royal Caribbean.
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