Within the framework of the 2022 Safe Holy Week Operation, elements of the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSyPC) provide escort to tourists from the Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship who arrived in Puerto Chiapas and visit the archaeological zone of Izapa and the historic center of Tapachula.
With 891 tourists from the United States, Canada, Holland, South Africa, and England, and 790 crew members, this Saturday the Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise arrived in Puerto Chiapas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, bound for San Diego, California.
Tapachula is a fascinating destination and today the tourists who visited the Historic Center of Tapachula, as well as the Chocolate Tour and the Izapa archaeological zone, in Tuxtla Chico, enjoyed it.
There are 4 companies from Tapachula that provide the service to cruise passengers: Nativo Tours, Crucero tours, Exytur, and Transporte 1-4-9.
The next cruise is expected on April 19 and Puerto Chiapas is ready to receive them.
Passengers visited Antigua Guatemala, coffee plantations, and the Iximche archaeological site.
The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat) reported that this Good Friday the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, of the line Holland America.
According to the information, foreigners will visit Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez; coffee plantations, and the Iximché archaeological site, in Tecpán, Chimaltenango.
As a welcome to the tourists, the presentation of folk music was made.
Strengthening of tourism
Currently, the Government of Guatemala is committed to strengthening tourism through different activities, which have already given positive results.
In addition, there are cruise lines that have shown interest in creating work spaces for Guatemalans. These include Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Corunna Crises Line. They all present a job offer with decent wages.
The strategy not only aims to recruit merchant seamen but also seeks to attract international tourism.
According to the records of the authorities, during the 2018-2019 cruise season, 136 thousand 548 passengers docked. This represented the visit of foreigners, mainly from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Statistics show that 63 percent of these tourists toured the country, visiting places such as Antigua Guatemala, Tikal, the Pacific beaches, volcanoes, Autosafari Chapín, Atitlán and Iximché, among others.
The average expenses of each visitor were 208 dollars in the purchase of tour packages, handicrafts, textiles, jewelry and clothing. The restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic forced these activities to be suspended a year later, but they were reactivated last year. This has made it possible to strengthen the economy in the Pacific and the Guatemalan Caribbean.