More and better roads in the district of Capira have facilitated the conversion of more than 65 farms into rural tourism destinations.
In the past four years this business has grown substantially due to the construction of new roads in the area. "... There are 25 farms in Capira accredited by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), while another 40 are still undergoing restructuring," said the head of the program for Agritourism in the west of Panama, Ruby Hidalgo to Prensa.com.
This tourism subsector is just starting to develop, and it is expected that it will receive a major boost from the new airports in the interior of the country.
Capital.com.pa reports: "... the challenge now is to facilitate access to credit and for Panamanian producers to learn to do business, because sometimes they do not know what to charge for the service they are providing, an area where foreign entrepreneurs are ahead of them. "
Tourist companies believe that sustainability is not an easy process, however it can be a good idea if it is about doing business.
Katiana Murillo in her article in Baños, reviews the opinion of some companies who participated in Expotur 2013, regarding the question of whether sustainability can be good business for tourism entrepreneurs.
In coffee plantations additional business are appearing such as restaurants or hotels which add value to the properties and enables growers to face the bad times of low prices of grain.
For over 5 years, many coffee plantations have gone beyond the traditional cultivation and sale of grain, with owners opening small businesses to obtain additional income or to publicize the quality of their main product.
There are 26 Cuban, North American and Nicaraguan owned tobacco factories in the country's cooler north west that together account for more than half national production.
Nicaragua's Institute for Tourism (Intur), in its search for ways to broaden the country's appeal, is looking into the idea of creating a "Tobacco Route" in the north of the country, around Estelí, on the basis that for a select group of visitors to Nicaragua, tobacco is considered a delicacy.
The bill being presented seeks to promote rural community tourism by granting concessions on the islands in the Gulf of Nicoya for up to 35 years.
In order to promote the social, economic and ecotourism development of the islands in Costa Rica's Gulf of Nicoya, a bill presented recently to the country's congress recommends establishing concessions to be awarded as a priority to Costa Rican's living on the islands in possession of the appropriate papers and permits from the local municipal government.
With the publication of this Law in the Official Newspaper, the 250 Costa Rican companies dedicated to community-based tourism can initiate the process to choose a system of incentives and exemptions under Act 8724, in force since November 2009, designate rural community tourism activities as follows:
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