Tourism in Guatemala Case Study

Tourism in Guatemala
A case study of tourism in Guatemala with special emphasis on the use of community-based initiatives in that country's current tourism policy.
# 148108 | 2,886 words | 15 sources | APA | 2011 | CA
Published by on Aug 31, 2011 in Latin-American Studies (General) , Tourism (General)

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This paper is a case study of tourism in Guatemala. It begins with a brief overview of the history of tourism and examines the current status of the country's geography, economy, and infrastructure as it impacts tourism in the 21st century. This is followed by an analysis of planning, development, and management of tourism in Guatemala under the auspices of the Instituto Guatemalteco de Tourismo (INGUAT), Guatemala's official tourism agency, with special reference to the policy of community-based tourism. The paper concludes with an emphasis on the need for collaboration among all the key stakeholders, the building of partnerships, and the need for the empowerment of the local Mayan communities.

Overview of the Country
Planning, development, and management of tourism in Guatemala
Stakeholder involvement

From the Paper:

"Community-based tourism projects in Guatemala are generally sponsored, designed, and managed by NGOs. Ideally, the NGO should train members of the local community to take charge of the project and then pass control of it over to them when they are ready to run the project on their own. However, in most cases in Guatemala, the NGOs do not hand control over to the communities, but maintain a tight hold on the projects for as long as possible, arguing that if they give up control too quickly the project is likely to fail. The NGO employees tend to live at some distance from the projects that they are working on and they are predominantly ladinos, that is, Guatemalans of mixed Spanish and indigenous descent. They also tend to be better educated than the members of the local community, and are thus not seen as part of the local community that they serve (Miller, 2008). Under this sort of NGO control, community-based projects may get little cooperation from local residents. As Reid (2003) notes, "Communities will contribute and take charge of their development if it is clear that the ownership of the eventual tourism project will remain in their hands, and that they will benefit from it" (p. 135)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Argueta, A. (2010, November 23). Former INGUAT director accused of stealing $3.5 million [Web log post]. Retrieved from
  • Ashwan. (2003, April 23). Guatemala's INGUAT: Failed promises, missed opportunities [Web log post]. Retrieved from
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  • Entrepreneurs will support tourism strategy. (2009, March 30). Official website of the Vice President of Guatemala. Retrieved from
  • Guatemala: Opening Central America for business (2004). Business Week, Special Advertising Section. Retrieved from

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