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Nicaragua Tourism Numbers Jump, But Still Half of Costa Rica and Panama

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The country will close 2011 with the arrival of 1.04 million tourists, up 2.8% from the previous year. Popular destinations are Granada, Leon and Rivas in the Pacific, Corn Island in the Caribbean, Rio San Juan.

Original Article Text From Estrategia y Negocios via Google Translate :

Nicaragua Captures Nearly $ 400 Million from Tourism

Tourist activity contribute to the economy of Nicaragua this year around $ 389 million, according to preliminary estimates of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), national media said on Wednesday release.

The Central Bank of Nicaragua and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) recognized that this data would be well above that provided by the industry last year. For its part, the owner of Intur, Mario Salinas, estimated that the country will close 2011 with the arrival of 1,040,000 visitors, up 2.8% the previous year, when according to official figures Nicaragua entered a 1,011,251.

Salinas said that until last November, reported income of 935,000 visitors for the current month and his body awaiting the arrival of over 100,000.

Intur Reports revealed that the most visited by international tourists are Granada, Leon and Rivas in the Pacific, Corn Island in the Caribbean, Rio San Juan. They also indicated that during the last five years 4.6 million tourists visited Nicaragua and in the same period, the sector generated 140,000 jobs.

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