Community tourism is an area which is not yet been developed completely in the tourism industry of Guatemala. Community based tourism is tourism in which local residents invite tourists to visit their communities with the provision of overnight accommodation. This opportunity will bridge the gaps in Guatemalan tourism and allowing visitors to discover local habitats and wildlife, and celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community based conservation of these resources. We are aiming to make this connection between tourists and communities for the overall development of Guatemala and allow tourist to explore one of the richest cultures in the country by being fully immersed in it.
To launch Community Tourism in Guatemala, through promotion, commercialization and SALES from the community tourism, working with all of the communities who wish to participate, providing our experience in tourism in coordination with the communities.
To promote and develop community tourism, generating SALES, pointing tourism in the proper direction, being the pioneers in this sector of tourism, and strengthening the socio-cultural and socioeconomic development of Guatemala.
GUATEMALA’S COMMUNITY TOURISM, SALES AND INFORMATIONAL CENTER:
The Guatemala’s Community Tourism Sales and Information Centre, which is located in Quetzaltenango, started with operating in July 2011. Here national and foreign visitors can see the different projects offered and communities involved in community tourism.
The Guatemala’s Community Tourism Sales and Informational Center is part of a tourism agency operator, specialized in only one area: in the sustainability of the company through SALES and commissions paid for by the communities when they complete a sale (to be defined in a mutual agreement, generally 10% to 15% of the grand total). We believe that the biggest weakness of Community Tourism comes from the lack of commercialization, which we as a company offer ourselves in order to fill in this gap.