With an investment of $70 million, the construction of the Carnival’s cruise terminal on the island of Roatán is 80% complete.
The developers of Carnival’s pier hope to finish the Project by September.
According to Laprensahn.com, “The Project–which covers 75,000 square feet, includes a commercial area being built to quality specifications that enable it to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes-was visited by international representatives of the cruise industry that have been on the island since the weekend with the purpose of attending the meeting of the Federation of Cruise Lines of the Caribbean and Florida, FCCA.
The $300 million project is being affected by problems in obtaining the land for construction of a sanitation plant.
Representatives of the Canadian investors and municipal authorities are in negotiations with locals in the zone destined for the sanitation project, and the outcome of these talks will determine the continuity of the project.
Laprensahn.com reported in an article: "Residents are asking a high price for their properties and others are reluctant to leave their property. They are trying to negotiate with the people of this area, and asking them to consider the importance of this project for our city," said Mayor Luis Lopez.
Flying between San Pedro Sula and the United States is becoming cheaper due to an aggressive and growing market presence by Spirit Airlines.
The consolidation of San Pedro Sula as an economic and commercial center, along with tourism development on the Honduran Caribbean’s north coast, encourages strong competition among the airlines that serve that market.
With more than 200 tourists on board, a cruise ship docked in Trujillo Port, in the Honduran Caribbean, for the first time.
Ricardo Martinez, Minister of Tourism, informed Laprensahn.com: "We are planning to exceed the 430 thousand cruise passengers that were received in the whole country last year and at least reach 450 thousand which means more than 160 arrivals by 15 companies. Cruise ships represent nearly 27% of the visitors entering the country."
Beginning in June, Blue Panorama Airlines will operate a weekly charter flight between Rome and the Roatan Island in the Honduran Caribbean.
According to a report in the Proceso Digital website, the Honduran Tourism Minister, Ricardo Martinez, stated: "The new agreement with Blue Panorama was reached during the International Tourism Exchange in Milan, which was held last week. During the first stage, there will be 12 weekly flights from Rome beginning next June, at a date to be determined, with the possibility that the route will be permanent."
At the International Tourism Fair inaugurated today in London, Central America is projecting itself as a combined brand.
On Opening Day of the World Travel market where nations from around the world present their tourism offer, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama share the same presentation and the same purpose: to become a "valuable combination for foreign markets" and take advantage of the fact that "European visitors want to see more than one country" when they fly such a long distance.
Countries in the region are trying to sell themselves as a tourism "multi-destination" under the banner "Central America, so small...yet so big,"
However, they still have some weaknesses to work on in order to strengthen this economic activity such as greater public investment for tourism promotion and integrating the various tourism offers such as volcanoes, beaches, colonial cities, Ricardo Martinez, Honduran tourism director, pointed out.
The Minister of Tourism and the mayors of Tegucigalpa, Santa Lucia and Valle de Angeles inaugurated the "Urban Planning Project for the Reales Minas corridor."
The mayor of Tegucigalpa said that the project seeks to identify parks, landscapes and cathedrals and other architectural jewels in the capital in order to integrate them into the corridor that reaches up to San Juancito, so that local and international tourists can choose the destination they would like to visit.
American real estate company, RKI, presented a tourism development project for the island of Guanaja to the Government of Honduras
RKI (Richard Knorr International) presented the project, called Arrow Green, to the Minister of Tourism for Honduras, Ricardo Martinez, at a meeting of Honduran and American officials and business persons on September 24 in Chicago.
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