28 Dec 2011

2012: Guatemala Tourism, President Otto and the Mayan Calendar

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2012 - The Year of the Maya

The new Guatemalan president will take office January 2012. It’s no secret that this is an important year for Guatemala tourism, because of the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. And it has been said that Otto Perez Molina considers Guatemala tourism one of the first tasks of the new government.

Perez Molina stated: “We believe that 2012 is an opportunity for Guatemala to become one of the favorite destinations of the world. For that we will work on promoting and improving security conditions.”

In a recent interview, Perez Molina said that his government will pay special attention to the European market, which traditionally visits Guatemala more frequently than other markets. The US market will have their fair share of attractions to draw more visitors too. The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT) is planning a series of activities for each month next year. It will include visits to archaeological sites such as Quirigua, with lectures given by professionals as well as conferences on archeology, astronomy and history.  Mayan pre-Columbian artifacts will be exhibited in various national museums.

Below is a flyer from the website 2012guatemala.com. As most 2012 travel enthusiasts now know, the end of the Mayan calendar means the beginning of a new era, rather than the end of time. Let’s celebrate a new year, with new ideas and new travel plans.

Cheers ~

 

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