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Don’t Buy Another Cruise Ticket to Costa Rica, Until You Read This

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Nicaragua, Costa Rica’s neighbor, is known as the Central American country that generates the least amount of income from tourism. Not so any more, as it has managed to turn its image around and expects a significant uptick in its tourism numbers, specifically those in the cruise ship sector.

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After Tourists with High Purchasing Power

Nicaragua, the Central American country that generates the least amount of income from tourism this year projected to receive 1.2 million overseas visitors and more than $ 400 million in profit

Nicaragua joined this week at the American Alliance for Tourism, ALAT, which aims to attract the port of San Juan del Sur, on the Pacific cruise tourists from the U.S. and Europe with high purchasing power.

ALAT Nicaragua chose to establish its Latin American headquarters, said Liliana Bojorge, who heads the project in this country.

“We believe in Nicaragua as a country, therefore our premium members are bringing new touristic Nicaragua. Also, (this nation) is known as a tourist destination in North America, Europe and Latin America, which will provide greater influx of tourists in our country, “he added.

Nicaragua, the Central American country that generates the least amount of income from tourism this year projected to receive 1.2 million overseas visitors and more than $ 400 million in revenue.

Seadream
According to Bojorge, many cruise companies “interested in coming to Nicaragua”, but the first to confirm its arrival at the port of San Juan del Sur is Seadream, “a luxury yacht will make its way along the coast of Panama, Costa Rica “and dock in the bay Nicaragua in November 2013.

Gunter Goldberg, founder of ALT, said this week that San Juan del Sur to arrive in November 2013 “cruise million,” referring to Seadream.

The Nicaraguan government, meanwhile, reported last week that it will invest $ 3.5 million in the renovation and expansion of the port of San Juan del Sur, allowing the arrival of more tourists.

As of 2014, the port will be administered by the U.S. cruise company Royal Caribbean.

July Videa, Director of Promotion and Marketing Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, Intur, reported yesterday that seven of the largest tour operators in the United States “are interested in Nicaragua.”

In addition, “entrepreneurs (ALT) are planning to bring to Nicaragua two luxury yachts with capacity of 120 people in November 2013, which is very important because it adds to various promotional and cruise arrival we have been doing in different parts of the world, “said Videa.

According to official information, the Intur has already established contacts with American cruise lines, including Carnival, Silversea Star Clippers.

Training
Last year, Nicaragua received 1.1 million tourists, and this year is projected up 1.2 million foreign visitors, according to authorities.

According to figures from the Central Bank of Nicaragua, BCN, the tourists visiting this country from Central America (61.3%), United States (28.2%) and Europe (6.2%).

The initiative is expected ALAT increase the percentage of tourists from Europe and North America “in all categories,” said Bojorge.

He added that through ALT will implement a training program to develop human talent and professional human resources, administration, accounting, current technology issues, economics and marketing in emerging countries.

The Nicaraguan tourism pie
This year it is projected that the world will have one billion tourists. Until last August, the industry had grown 4% over the same period last year.

In the Nicaraguan case, official statistics show that the average stay for a tourist is 8 days and spending per capita is U.S. $ 40.8.

Foreign visitors who enter by water are the most money invested (U.S. $ 105), followed by those who are mobilized by air (U.S. $ 77.6) and terrestrial (U.S. $ 24).

For tourists coming to this country on cruises, 78% landed in the port of San Juan del Sur and 28% in Corinth. Of these, 44% use the services of tour operators, according to BCN.

The tourism survey conducted in the fourth quarter of 2011 by BCN, revealed that each tourist coming to Nicaragua in cruise spends an average of $ 80 on tour, food and shopping.

Tourists visit Nicaragua mainly for holidays (49.4%), to meet his family (23.7%) and business (12%).

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  • VickiInCostaRica

    I look forward to the BIG changes SJDS WILL HAVE to make to make this a cruise-friendly destination as I met up with a friend that stopped in SJDS 2 years ago & it took HOURS for everyone to Tendor in & they didn’t have many hours in the first place!! I LOVE SJDS & the nearby Isla Ometepe (I was just there on my 90 day Visa Run from Costa Rica)!!!

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