Source:Diario de Centro América (Diario público de Guatemala)
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Guatemalan Government has confirmed that the Law of Internal Tourism, gazetted on Wednesday, takes effect immediately, and not on January 1, 2019, and therefore that the upcoming October 20 annual public holiday of Guatemala will be moved to Monday, October 22, 2018.
This past summer (2018-08-09), the Guatemalan Government had submitted for accelerated consideration a Law of Internal Tourism which, in its final form, mandates that when the May 1st, June 30th and October 20th, public holidays fall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, they should be moved to the working day immediately before or after the weekend, and this bill was approved by the Guatemalan Assembly, last month (2018-09-26) and gazetted a couple of days ago (2018-10-11).
The Law of Internal Tourism is similar to the terms of the DECRETO NÚMERO 42-2010 ("Ley que promueve el Turismo Interno") (2010-11-16 and 2010-05-13), passed in 2010, which mandates that fixed-date public holidays falling on a Tuesday be moved to the previous Monday, while those falling on a Wednesday or Thursday, are to be moved to the following Friday ("los feriados que caigan martes se gozarán un día antes, y los que caigan miércoles o jueves pasarán al viernes"), with the exception that the 2010 decree does not cover weekend public holidays which remain unchanged ("los de sábado y domingo no cambian") (2010-11-16, 2010-05-13, 2009-01-21).
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