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Nicaragua Wants Costa Rica and Panama’s Tourists; Is it Up to the Challenge?

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Nicaragua has embarked upon the ambitious goal of seeing a 6% growth in the number of visitors, as it also aims at being the third strongest tourist destination in Central America following Costa Rica and Panama.

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Nicaragua Expects To Increase By Six Percent The Number Of Tourists

Nicaragua hopes to achieve in 2012 a six percent growth in the number of visitors, said the head of the Institute of Tourism (Intur), Mario Salinas.

It is likely that this year we place ourselves in the third most visited Central America after Costa Rica and Panama, Honduras and Guatemala beating, Salinas said.

To achieve this objective must be to spend a million to one million 125 thousand tourists in the country, he said. According to Salinas, other agency projections for this year are increasing spending by day visitors, from $ 42 to 45, increase visitors to stay longer than eight days and grow from 337 to 450 million dollars in annual foreign exchange by tourist activities.

In order to achieve these objectives, the government through the promotion offices Intur plans to intensify its promotional campaigns in Nicaragua as a tourist destination, he said.

Minister also noted that the entity currently working on updating Act 306 of Tourism Incentives, which will have an important chapter related to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector.

By the decree, these businesses can start a business tourist and be registered with the Intur investment of five thousand to 10 thousand dollars, he argued. The law, renewed in response to the demands of MSMEs to obtain tax benefits for development, could be presented to the National Assembly in the coming months, he said.

For its part, the Land Transport Act, next be debated in Parliament equally important for the sector and seek to add a chapter related to air and water, exposed Salinas.

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