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Tourism in Guatemala

Tourism in Guatemala

Guatemala recorded a total of 3 m tourists in 2019, ranking 87th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Guatemala, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.15 tourists per resident, Guatemala ranked 139th in the world. In Central America, it ranked 8th.

Guatemala generated around 1.23 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 3 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central America.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 420 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Guatemala spend as much as 580 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Guatemala

Development of the tourism sector in Guatemala from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Guatemala each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 8 countries in Central America.

Tourists per year in Guatemala

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 216.00 m USD, or about 1.5 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 563,000 tourists at that time and roughly 384 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.23 bn USD, accounting for 1.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 479 USD for his holiday in Guatemala.

Tourism receipts in Guatemala per year

All data for Guatemala in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20192.56 m1.23 bn $1.6 %479 $
20182.41 m1.24 bn $1.7 %513 $
20172.12 m1.22 bn $1.7 %574 $
20161.91 m1.20 bn $1.8 %631 $
20151.87 m1.17 bn $1.9 %627 $
20141.74 m1.16 bn $2.0 %670 $
20131.52 m1.16 bn $2.2 %766 $
20121.49 m1.11 bn $2.2 %744 $
20111.43 m1.08 bn $2.3 %751 $
20101.38 m1.38 bn $3.3 %996 $
20091.31 m1.36 bn $3.6 %1,037 $
20081.72 m1.34 bn $3.4 %778 $
20071.63 m1.06 bn $3.1 %648 $
20061.50 m919.00 m $3.0 %612 $
20051.32 m791.00 m $2.9 %601 $
20041.18 m630.00 m $2.6 %533 $
2003880,000646.00 m $2.9 %734 $
2002884,000647.00 m $3.1 %732 $
2001835,000588.00 m $3.1 %704 $
2000826,000498.00 m $2.6 %603 $
1999823,000374.00 m $2.0 %454 $
1998636,000329.00 m $1.7 %517 $
1997576,000270.00 m $1.5 %469 $
1996520,000221.00 m $1.4 %425 $
1995563,000216.00 m $1.5 %384 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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