Confirmations for the arrival of tourists ships in the 2012-2013 season have led to expectations of 50% growth in arrivals.
With the arrival of 24 more vessels than last season, a total of 86,300 visitors are expected, each having an average daily expenditure of $120, said Peter Duchez, director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism.
The number of tourist arrivals from January to October 2008 grew to 1.23 million, 153 thousand more than for the same period last year.
Just in October alone, 25 thousand tourists more than last year entered the country; this is a growth of 25.4%. The best growth was for maritime tourist arrivals according to preliminary data, coinciding with the start of the new cruise ship season, which improved by 83.5% compared to last year.
The number of visitors in May was 105,800, 20% more than in the same period last year.
May becomes the month with largest year-on-year increase so far in 2010.
Salomón Shamah, head of the Panamanian Tourism Authority, told Prensa.com that, "this growth is expected to continue in the coming months with the arrival between July and September of Carnival's Freedom cruise liner at the Colon 2000 cruise terminal.
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