International passengers transiting through the country's four international airports must pay an additional $6 which corresponds to a migration tax.
With the adjustment, the total tax paid by each passenger will be $45.97, which includes the migration services and international departure taxes charged by the concessionaire of the airports in the country.
A rate of $3 will be charged to tourists for entering the country in order to provide assistance in case of incidents during their stay.
The proposal is similar to the free insurance for tourists in Panama implemented in previous years, and aims not only to provide assistance in the case of theft or other accidents but also to use part of the funds raised in the international promotion of the country as a tourist destination.
Construction has started of a 100-room Marriott Courtyard and work will soon begin on a Hyatt Place which will have 120 rooms.
The information was released by Epaminondas Marinakys, president of the Chamber of Tourism of Honduras (CANATURH), who explained that Marriott is building its project in the area of Rio de Piedras in San Pedro Sula. "A Courtyard is being built at the end of Boulevard Morazan which is of the Marriott brand. It is a hotel for business people and will have more than 100 rooms," he said.
With an investment of $270 million plans are underway to build a runway at Aeródromo Río Amarillo, and reconstruction of the Chamelecón road up to the border of Ocotepeque.
"... A decree has been passed authorizing the execution of a trust agreement for the project entitled "Financing, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Aeródromo Río Amarillo in the municipality of Santa Rita in Copan", reported Laprensa.hn.
Small hoteliers in Honduras are working on developing a manual which aims to improve the quality of service provided in the sector.
Nicole Marder, a hotel owner affiliated with the Small Hotels Association of Honduras (Hopeh), explained that "there have been studies to determin what are the things that are needed, what can be improved and everything to do with training for small hotels to bring them up to the standards required by the manual ".
The financing has been assured by the Inter-American Development Bank, but the construction works that would increase the influx of international tourism by 20% are still awaiting a political decision.
IDB funds of $6.3 million, the land and the plans are all available, the only thing lacking is the political will to build it.
From 12th to 16th the country will host the XXIX Congress of the Federation of Conference Organizers and Allies of Latin America.
Under the theme "New trends in the conference industry: the challenge of finding opportunity in changing markets," the event will take place in the city of San Pedro Sula, according to the National Chamber of Tourism of Honduras (Canaturh).
The estimate for 2009 for investment tourism infrastructure by local business owners and investors from Guatemala, El Salvador, the United States and France.
The article on Elheraldo.hn provides details on several of the development projects in the tourism sector that are in progress or in the review phase, including: "the La Ensenada tourism complex, which includes a convention center costing $1.5 million dollars and a 60-room hotel valued at $20 million" which will be inaugurated this week.
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