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Civil disorder, peace agreement, annual income, Central America, tourists

In 1993 tourism became Guatemala’s second most important source of foreign exchange, behind coffee. In 1998 the delightful climate, colorful indigenous communities, and ancient Maya ruins attracted 823,000 visitors, who spent an estimated $157 million. Civil disorder deterred expansion of tourism through the 1980s and early 1990s, but with a peace agreement signed in 1996, the Guatemalan Tourist Board expected more than 800,000 tourists annually by the year 2000, producing an annual income of about $550 million. In 1994, 192,000 tourists came from North America, 179,000 from Central America, and 110,000 from Europe. At the end of 1996 there were 14,600 hotel rooms.



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