Feasibility of Cruise Terminal in Atlantic Analyzed

Guatemalan authorities are assessing the technical feasibility of three projects submitted for the construction of a cruise terminal in the Bay of Puerto Barrios.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Peter Duchez, director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat) estimates that the analysis process will take approximately three months.

"Duchez estimated investment to build the terminal in the Atlantic could be between $50 million and $70 million, with it taking two years to complete the works," reported Elperiodico.com.gt

One of the proposals received is the construction of the Mayan World Cruise Terminal, located a kilometer away from the port of Santo Tomas in the territory of the group Terminal Crucergua, S.A.

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