US crisis could bring more tourism for the Isthmus

The tourism sector in Central America may be able to take advantage of the US economic crisis, since the region is become cheaper than other regions, according to some business persons.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mariano Beltranena, manager of the Vista Real Hotel, said he felt optimistic after participating in the Assembly of the Convention, Meeting and Congress sector carried out in Chicago last week.
In the midst of the US economic crisis, corporate or executive tourism "is now looking to Guatemala as a destination country," he declared.
Salvadoran Fernando Poma, executive director of the Real Hotels and Resource - which is in charge of the Real Intercontinental Hotel franchise in the Central America - was of the opinion that the corporate segment will continue on the Isthmus, however they will have to attract executives from other regions.

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Grupo Poma Invests $1.2 Million in Honduras

September 2009

The group announced a $1.2 million investment in Intercontinental Hotel in Tegucigalpa.

They are also planning investments in the city of San Pedro Sula somewhen in 2010, added Salvadoran entrepreneur Fernando Poma.

"In Central America we've had difficult times, and we are going to overcome these", said the businessmen, referring to the current political crisis in Honduras and economic situation in the region.

Intercontinental Invests $5 Million in Technology

September 2009

Real Hotels & Resorts announced state-of-the-art technology upgrades for all its hotels in Central America.

Sound-proof meeting rooms, 25 giant screens for video conferences, and high-speed internet services are some of the innovations to be developed.

Fernando Poma, vice president of the hotel division of Salvadoran conglomerate Grupo Poma, told "We have one objective: to be 5 years ahead of the competition by means of a process of constant innovation. Being the only hotel chain providing all these services helps us to be chosen by our customers".

Guatemala: More Tourists, Same Sales

January 2010

Even though Guatemala received 3.1% more tourists in 2009, each one spent less, as tourism sales remained flat.

Despite the international economic crisis and the A H1N1 flu, which affected Guatemala's tourism industry, the country ended 2009 with 53.000 more visitors than 2008.

Real Hotels & Resorts expands in Central America

September 2008

Real Hotels & Resorts (RHR) is planning to double in size over the next two years.

The new projects, which should all be completed at the end of the next year, are spread over Central America from San Pedro Sula (Honduras), to the expansion of the Real Quality Hotel (Airport) in El Salvador, to a new project - Club Tower - annexed to the Real InterContinental Hotel in Escazu, San Jose (Costa Rica).

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