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Nicaragua Invests $387 Million in Tourism for 2012

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Destinations such as San Juan de Nicaragua and the island of Ometepe, both with newly constructed airfields, were among the most promoted destinations at the Nicaraguan Tourism Fair, Fenitur 2012. The event was attended by more than 40 international tour operators, which highlighted the cultural, historical, and natural amenities of Nicaragua.

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Nicaragua: $ 387 million for tourism in 2012

Hotels and natural beauty, combined with food and crafts of the country, is the offer with which Nicaragua hopes to achieve this year about $ 387 million in tourism, and more than $ 350 million last year, reported businessmen and government officials during the recent celebration of the third Nicaraguan Tourism Fair, Fenitur 2012.

The event was attended by 40 tour operators foreign wholesalers, from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, who appreciated the offer of tourist services, destinations and food, to encourage tour operators to promote Nicaragua. During the opening of the show, Mario Salinas, president of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur) reported that in 2012 has increased tourist arrivals, so we expect this year also reflect positive numbers in the sector.

He highlighted some of the natural, cultural and historical, as he said make this nation an attractive place for rest and recreation.Salinas said that the development model promoted by the Government of Nicaragua, inclusive, has fostered collaboration among public and private sectors, and as a direct result, has created a take-off of tourism.

According to the president of Intur, working together has been a driving enhance the variety in tourist destinations and get the support of international organizations. Foreign tour operators who visited the fair were also invited to take tours for various destinations in the country.

Partnership with producers
Silvia Levy, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) expressed satisfaction at the interest generated outside Nicaragua as a tourist destination untapped.He highlighted the recent alliance that achieved with the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (Apen) to enhance a business conference called Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés (Horeca) to do business with the tourism sector and jointly offer the beauties natives and local food products.

300,000 tourists visited Nicaragua during the first three months of 2012.

Levy said that tourists are attracted not only a particular destination, but now want to have much contact with living cultures and prove that there is produced and Nicaragua, has much to offer in food, like honey dairy, meat, coffee and fruits, among other items.

The craftsmanship is another potential the country has, therefore, in the business conference presented various products like wooden furniture. Levy added that the international economic crisis that tourists do not travel long distances and Americans are focusing on the same continent travel, however, the sector’s growth is maintained.

Enrique Zamora, president of Apen tourism sector entrepreneur, said that tourism has shown an upturn in recent years in Nicaragua and is now a consolidated industry.He added that more and more are being added to the tourist destinations and most of them are under-exploited.

Fenitur data and the tourism sector
A total of 40 foreign wholesalers were present in Fenitur 2012, from the United States, Canada, Central and South America.More than 120 national exhibitors with hotels, tourist services and food, were present at the show, revealing what the country has for the foreign visitor. In the first three months of the year have visited the country some 300,000 tourists, which means a growth of 12.8% over the same period last year, according to the Intur.

About $ 387 million is what the tourism sector expected to generate revenues in 2012, according to the National Chamber of Tourism. Destinations such as San Juan de Nicaragua and the island of Ometepe, both newly constructed airfields, were among the most promoted at the fair.

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