Nicaragua seeks to expand its hotel infrastructure in response to greater numbers of tourists

Nicaragua busca ampliar su infraestructura hotelera en respuesta a mayores cifras de turistas | Caribbean News Digital.

En Managua se concentran la mitad de las capacidades de alojamiento del país

With a current supply of 8,000 rooms, 50% of them in establishments from three to five stars, mainly in Managua, Nicaragua is poised to seek greater investment in hotel infrastructure. Its authorities have planned to raise this number to a housing capacity of 27,000 by 2020, as part of the National Plan for Sustainable Tourism Development of the nation.

According to spokesperson Lucy Valenti, chair of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), who told local media, if you want to increase social development and tourism in the Central American country, it is imperative to grow in the hotel sector.

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My take: This is good news for those involved in the tourism business in Nicaragua. I do hope that the small and medium businesses are able to get more involved. I also find it interesting that there is still mostly talk about Managua, whereas from my experience, most tourists do not seek to stay in Managua for any longer than necessary!

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When I was back in Canada I

When I was back in Canada I did the big sell on Nicaragua for holidays, but told them to avoid Managua lik ethe plague,lol Don't get my wrong I enjoy Managua, but if I was here for holidays, it would be at the bottom of my list

I too could not get out of

I too could not get out of Managua fast enough (but this is true of most cities), and is the same advice I have given to anyone who has asked advice on travel to Nicaragua. Had a nice time the first night at the Intercontinental and surrounding neighbourhood, but got a bad vibe when I wandered out the last night when we stayed at the Crown Plaza, sure enough talked to another Canadian, who had been living in Nicaragua for two years working on the geothermal project, and he was robbed just around the corner from the hotel when he went out for a drink. that being said the thieves were nice enough to give him back his glasses and pics of his grandkids when he asked.

This idea of zillions more rooms is in the INTUR plan

If They'll Stay

in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas they'll stay anywhere:

"" I stayed with a friend in a similar place in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, and paid something like $170"

People are sensitive not just to price, but to value also. Business travelers need something more; a faster turn on laundry, a respectable place to meet their clients. Los Arcos gets those, like the guy from Hamburg, Germany buying cigars. Low staff turnover, the same people have been there as I long as I have stayed there. Excellent service. Can't do enough for you. I believe it's owned and managed by a Spanish group. They fill the hotel with mission groups too; conferences that run over the weekends. Big and noisy (and probably thirsty) Bingo crowd one night a week. The place is kept spotless.

I had a good experience at Hotel Cafe as well, although rooms are very small. I believe this is a Nica Returnee. I watched the place fill up one Saturday with Nica families from the surrounding countryside.

There's just an attitude of feeling welcome and your business wanted that is important. The "Thanks For Your Business" attitude. That's been missing in a lot of other Nica establishments I've been in, but in fairness, not recently.

The whole tourist infrastructure has to be created. Guys with vans waiting to drive you where every you want to go for the day at a fair price, nice hotels in a variety of price ranges (Barrio Amon in San Jose has many- this would be a good model), good food (like Soda Tico, but a range from classy dining to, well, Soda Tico). It IS happening. I've had some really good meals in Managua and Estelí. The Crown Plaza has a Benihana takeoff that is amusing. Mostly Chinese around the grill with me.

People who come to the country for the cool air, views, finca experience, hiking, will want outwardly rustic but comfortable. Hot water, cold beer, good food, soft bed, good service. They'll look at a price of $45 (which I pay at Los Arcos and includes breakfast) to $75 and weigh the value. If they are asked for $75 and they are directed to a fly and bee infested outhouse, with scraps of La Prensa, after a cold shower followed by a lackluster breakfast, they will feel cheated.

Beaches have an obvious advantage, and if they put a road through, the "right side" will become very popular too. Are we finally on that cusp we all have been waiting for? Can Nicaragua truly be serious about becoming a mainstream tourist destination?

Cottonwood Falls is near the Tall Grass National Park

We had a dog with us and the other two motels in the area either were full or didn't take dogs.

My friend was with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and I've always had an interest in geology and geography and we'd planned to visit the national park in the morning before going the rest of the way to Denver.

If there had been another choice, we probably wouldn't have stayed at the Grand Central Hotel, but as we had free accommodations waiting the next day in Denver, we decided to splurge for that one night.

There's only one surviving stretch of tall grass prairie that's larger than the one we saw and that's in Oklahoma. If you're staying near the park, you chose between three hotels on the eastern side and some other number on the other side, or you drive in from Emporia.

Many more mountain ranges than unplowed tall grass prairie.

Rebecca Brown

we definitely see people responding to value and quality...

at our place. This part of Managua is very attractive, IMHO :)

We have people coming back to El Portón Verde from what I would consider fancy places like the Colonial in Granada saying that they couldn't wait to return to stay with us.

Two can stay with us for as little as $30 including a good Nicaraguan breakfast and they are pool front with mountain and volcano views, sleeping on quality beds and bedding, custom-made furniture, art on the walls, and hot water wifi, etc., you can imagine that folks like coming back to us after their adventures in the golden triangle (SJdS, Ometepe, Granada) or wherever they go in Nicaragua.

Doors of hope fly open when doors of promise shut. -Thomas D'Arcy McGee

That's A Very

fair price.

Do you also do airport pickup?

yes we do pickups and drop-offs at the airport...

$20 each way...

pick up free if the stay is 4 nights or more

pick up & drop off free if 6 nights or more

our deluxe apartment is only $60

Doors of hope fly open when doors of promise shut. -Thomas D'Arcy McGee

No kidding on the price, we

No kidding on the price, we would definitely rather stay with you next trip rather than right down in the city. From what I have seen of the pictures you are incredibly well priced. We paid $120 US at the intercontinental. If you don't have airport pickup maybe I'll quit my job and become your driver lol.