Tourism in Guatemala

Guatemala recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2018, ranking 96th 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 0.11 tourists per resident, Guatemala ranked 143rd in the world. In Central America, it ranked 7th.

Guatemala generated around 1.55 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.0 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central America.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 779 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Guatemala spend as much as 816 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Guatemala from 1995 to 2018

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 million 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 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 1.55 billion USD, accounting for 2.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 872 USD for his holiday in Guatemala.

Tourism receipts in Guatemala per year

All data for Guatemala in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995563,000216.00 m $1.5 %384 $
1996520,000221.00 m $1.4 %425 $
1997576,000270.00 m $1.5 %469 $
1998636,000329.00 m $1.7 %517 $
1999823,000374.00 m $2.0 %454 $
2000826,000498.00 m $2.6 %603 $
2001835,000588.00 m $3.1 %704 $
2002884,000647.00 m $3.1 %732 $
2003880,000646.00 m $2.9 %734 $
20041.18 m630.00 m $2.6 %533 $
20051.32 m791.00 m $2.9 %601 $
20061.50 m919.00 m $3.0 %612 $
20071.63 m1.06 bn $3.1 %648 $
20081.72 m1.34 bn $3.4 %778 $
20091.39 m1.36 bn $3.6 %976 $
20101.12 m1.38 bn $3.3 %1,231 $
20111.16 m1.35 bn $2.8 %1,164 $
20121.20 m1.42 bn $2.8 %1,183 $
20131.22 m1.48 bn $2.8 %1,208 $
20141.37 m1.56 bn $2.7 %1,141 $
20151.47 m1.58 bn $2.5 %1,073 $
20161.59 m1.55 bn $2.3 %979 $
20171.66 m1.57 bn $2.2 %946 $
20181.78 m1.55 bn $2.1 %872 $

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

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