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Nicaragua continues to draw positive attention from tourists and retirees

The Nicaragua Tourism Board recently reported that over one million foreign visitors came to Nicaragua during 2011, an increase of 8.4 percent over the previous year.

 
PRLog - Feb. 3, 2012 - MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Nicaragua Tourism Board (INTUR, for its acronym in Spanish) recently reported that over one million foreign visitors came to Nicaragua during 2011, an increase of 8.4 percent over the previous year. The average stay was 7.3 days, and total income generated from tourism rose nearly 17.4 percent to $363 million. According to INTUR’s president Mario Salinas, these increases reflect the growing awareness of Nicaragua and demonstrate the country is perceived as an interesting destination on an international level. Approximately 60 percent of tourists came from Central and South America in 2011, with the remainder from the United States, Canada and Europe.

More tourists came to Nicaragua in 2011 than ever before, and the country continues to gain in status as an outstanding place to visit, retire and live. These developments are supported by Nicaragua’s growing economy and increasing international investment in the country.

“We’re very pleased that more and more people are discovering the excitement, culture, natural beauty and opportunity found in Nicaragua,” says Kevin Fleming, chairman of Grupo Mariana, a multifaceted company specializing in real estate development in Nicaragua. “As this awareness continues to expand, we expect to see this trend continue, which will be very beneficial for the country and its people.”

Further solidifying this image, well-regarded Kensington Tours, which offers travel in more than 80 countries, cited Nicaragua as an outstanding place to visit in 2011. The report stated, “for clients who enjoy tropical weather and exotic surroundings, Nicaragua may be the next best, if not more authentic, alternative to travel to Costa Rica.”

Nicaragua also was proclaimed as one of the “world’s top retirement havens for 2011” in a report by Kathleen Peddicord in U.S. News & World Report’s Money section. She cites the country’s very low cost of living, combined with realistic pricing for real estate, including for beachfront property along the Pacific Ocean. Peddicord also noted that Nicaragua has established a new and improved foreign retiree residency program.

“As Ms. Peddicord points out, the pricing of real estate and welcoming programs for retirees is making Nicaragua a top choice among people looking for a haven outside of North America,” Fleming says. “This positive atmosphere is also providing promising opportunities for savvy investors.”

This article first appeared in Grupo Mariana’s website, www.seasidemariana.com.

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PRONicaragua is the Nicaraguan Investment Promotion Agency, established in 2002. It is a non-profit, public-private institution whose mission is to generate economic growth and job creation in Nicaragua by attracting high-quality foreign direct investment. The agency provides complimentary support services to qualified investors seeking investment opportunities in our country. For more information visit www.pronicaragua.org.

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