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Why Unregulated Growth is Bad for Tourism in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua holds great tourism potential, but there is growing concern among its citizens that the sector’s unregulated growth will put the country’s natural resources at risk.

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Original Article Text From Prensa Nicargua via Google Translate :

Isthmus Sustainable Tourism

In its constant search for the path to development, Nicaragua found in tourism one of the greatest potentials that would, along with other productive activities, take that leap of quality.

The increasing dynamism that tourism has in recent years, however, involves a number of risks and threats that demand clear government policies, the direct support of the tourist and businessmen involved indirect collaboration of all the population.

“The threats facing the development of tourism in Nicaragua is that uncontrolled development can be excessive and too fast. You have to work for that not to happen and especially to have the demand for the type of tourists who want to have “emphasizes Mario Salinas, executive president of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur).

Uncontrolled growth
According to the official, do not allow the development of tourism at the expense of the deterioration of nature and denaturation of culture. By contrast, growth in activity should serve to conserve natural resources, and raise the cultural and economic level of the population.

“We have to preserve nature, to preserve our culture to not be anonymous bid internationally. We make light of visitors worldwide local development, our communities, our culture, our food, our music. The authenticity of culture, the authenticity of being Nicaraguan “said Salinas.

The preservation of these conditions guarantees the sustainability of tourism, ie development that does not jeopardize the future of the resources on which it is based and must have three characteristics. First, be careful about the environment, but not limited to nature, but beyond that, especially respecting cultural spaces. Cities, towns, living spaces where humans are the first environment to be respected.

The second condition is to involve local communities in the benefits of development and the third is that the first two conditions generate profitability, because if it is not profitable tourism development can not be sustainable, says Victor Chalet, Chief Technology Center Studies in Tourism (Cestur) of the Ministry of Tourism (Tourism Ministry) of Mexico.

According Chalet, who participated yesterday in the II International Congress of Travel: Local Development and Social Responsibility of Tourism Enterprise in the Central American University (UCA), which gives an additional benefit the preservation and respect for the environment and local culture is that both become an additional attraction for visitors.

“Tourists prefer this type of destination where they can have more contact with nature and local culture, where even traditional architecture is preserved,” he says.

TOURIST TRAPS
Says this new tourism concept allows “employers and local communities begin to recover their spaces.”

If a tourist is with a clean, green and preserved, so that’s a plus for those offering tourist services. “Because if you are happier, stay longer and if they stay longer are sure to spend more money and that is the essence of what we are looking for,” says Chalet.

To Chalé the importance of ensuring the sustainability of tourism in both Nicaragua and the rest of the region, is that the development of the activity is based on resources given by nature or generational or cultural heritage, therefore can not be regenerated. “So that if we end up with them in the future we will not have to offer to tourists,” he says.

Ensuring the sustainability of tourism depends on the will and determination of everyone involved, says Salinas. Consider that since the government has made progress in defining a national policy that is very clear about their goals. But obviously, it also requires social responsibility of tourism entrepreneurs.

“This social responsibility must become a reality. They must devote resources and efforts. It is also essential that we engage the people in the development of tourism, which is not left out, we are all actors. Only then will serve as a tourism to raise the cultural and economic level of the population and allow us to make the leap of quality, “said Salinas.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ACADEMY
Salinas Chalé and agree that the academy should make ensuring adequate training of future entrepreneurs and sector workforce. As a first step in this contribution the UCA, with the Nicaraguan Association of Tour Operators (Antur) and the Association of Small Hotels of Nicaragua (Hopen) prompted the aforementioned conference.

The Intur also negotiates with other college houses opening a master in tourism development and links with foreign universities for the exchange of specialist subject.

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