An Environmental Impact Study has been submitted for construction in Perez Zeledon of a tourism development comprising of a hotel with ten villas and 50 rooms, plus a residential area.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study was submitted by Haciendas de El General S.A. in July 2016 to the National Environmental Technical Secretariat.The document states that the project includes "construction of a development for residential tourist use, which will include in general the following activities: Hotel Villas and Guestrooms, Hotel Arrival and F & B, Wellness Center, Education and Meeting Room, Heart of the house, Employee accommodation, organic farm, Villas Rise and development for sale: Community residences, brand residences.
Roadworks, a free zone, a high rise residential condominium and a private school are some of the projects for which environmental impact studies were presented in April 2016.
The report "Construction projects in Costa Rica in April 2016", prepared by the Business Intelligence unit at CentralAmericaData.com, provides an updated list of major construction projects for which environmental impact studies (EIS) were presented to the National Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA) in April.
The adaptations for tourist use at the port of Puerto El Triunfo and construction of an ecotourism park are some of the projects which will be developed with IDB funds.
The Ministry of Tourism in El Salvador has signed an agreement with the Inter - American Development Bank to allocate part of the $25 million loan formalized in 2015 to improving tourism infrastructure in the municipalities of Usulutan, Puerto El Triunfo, Berlin, Alegria, Jiquilisco and San Dionisio.
The tourist sector is proposing to develop a long-term strategy be create a market segment aimed at bird watching tourism in the country.
Authorities from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism and entrepreneurs say the birding business generates significant revenue in markets such as Peru, where it "... currently generates $50 million a year." Although there is still no official program or strategy focused on attracting this type of tourism, tourism operators say that some companies have started to specialize in the subject.
A plan is being made to develop residential buildings and a 614 room hotel complex in a 25 acres area in the touristic area of Rio Hato, Panama.
The promoter of the project, Agro Playa Blanca SA, detailed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted to the Ministry of Environment, that the development will be called "Agro Playa Blanca Phase II", and will be built in Rio Hato, district of Antón, province of Cocle.
An environmental impact study has been submitted in Costa Rica for a 14,000 square meter hotel development in the touristic region of the Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste.
In the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the "DP6 Papagayo Project", filed with the National Environmental Technical Secretariat in July 2015 by Hoteleras Playa Pochote S.A., it is indicated that the hoteltourism development will have a maximum of 318 rooms.
In 2014 Honduras achieved a 11.5% increase in the number of visitors, generating $618 million in foreign exchange and creating 208.365 jobs.
From the introduction by the Director of the Honduran Institute of Tourism:
The world has started to see Honduras with different eyes, an increase in the number of international tourists visiting the country and growth of 31.3% in the arrival of cruise passengers are, among other indicators, clear evidence of the acceptance of our destinations in tourism markets worldwide.
In the first half of the year 1.4 million tourists visted the country, only 1.7% more than in the same period in 2014.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT):
In the first six months of the year, our country received 1,415,046 international arrivals; that is, more than 23,429 tourists entered through all ports, according to data provided by the Directorate General of Immigration (DGME) and analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
Employers claim that at least six projects have been delayed pending analysis by the Board of Tourism Incentives, which has not been in session since the departure of its president two months ago.
There are at least six investment projects in the tourism sector that should have been analyzed by the Board of TourismIncentives, which, drowning in bureaucracy, is unable to hold sesion because a new president has not been formally chosen.
Tourism investments above $25000 and categorized as of national interest will be able to enjoy tax incentives for another five years.
"... They shall be entitled to the following incentives: exemption from taxes on real estate transfer, exemption from customs duties on the import of their goods, exemption from payment of income tax for a period of ten years and partial exclusion of municipal duties imposed for the period of 5 years from the start of operations relating to tourism activities for up to 50% of its value. "
The growth experienced in the area has led to the Unit of Reverted Properties to postpone the sale of lots in Amador and Sherman in order to update development plans anticipated in that area.
It's not just the projected fourth bridge over the canal and the convention center being built in Amador, but also the future Metro Line 3, which connects the east of the city with the districts of Arraijan, Capira, Chame, La Chorrera and San Carlos.
The company Toscana Azuero has announced that it will build a hotel and a housing complex in Playa El Toro, in the province of Los Santos.
Complaints by the hotel industry regarding the low occupancy rates of their rooms due to an apparent excess in the number of hotels, do not seem to have affected the boost in investment in the sector, particularly in areas outside of Panama City, where the largest number of rooms is reported.
The new executive order establishes the requirements which must be followed in order to qualify for government incentives to develop tourism activities.
Entrepreneurs interested in applying for these benefits "... must submit to the Directorate General of Revenue a certificate from a competent authority to verify that they have made an investment related to tourism."
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