Businessmen claim that the legal certainty provided by the legislation has resulted in more tourism and real estate projects in coastal areas, but there are still a lack of incentives for investment in projects in the Caribbean.
The current dynamism of the economy, especially in tourism, has created a rise in real estate projects which should be examined carefully before investing in them.
The main factor influencing the current housing boom is the Nicaraguan tourism sector, which has grown in terms of number of visitors and investment, with the help of the natural beauty spots in the country.
“Imagine a car in a six-lane road travelling at 120 kilometers per hour. Suddenly, if finds itself in a gravel road, full of street holes, and the car must slow down to 20 kilometers per hour if it intends to stay apiece”.
In order to attract the attention of investors, entrepreneurs have created a portfolio of six major projects for tourism development.
The Association of Coastal Marine Tourist Developers (Promar in Spanish), led by renowned Salvadoran entrepreneurs, recently presented the Government with an ambitious portfolio of six mega resorts with high potential to attract investment to the country, to be run in the next 14 years, and which is valued at $2 billion.
The economic and tourism boom has created an inordinate amount of investment in hotels, which is threatening to lower the occupancy rate to unsustainable levels.
The opening of more than 20 hotels has been announced for 2012, adding 6,000 rooms to the inventory offered by Panama, and representing an annual increase of 300% in the hotel supply, while the increase in the number of visitors to the country during 2011 grew by - 13%, which although significant, is far below what would be needed to keep up the hotel occupancy rate, which currently stands at 66%.
The Panamanian government will announce in the coming weeks a tender for several tourist developments in the area.
The executive secretary of the Management Unit for Reverted Property (UABR in Spanish), Juan Carlos Orillac said they have already completed a development plan for the area prepared by the Spanish consulting firm C4T .
In 2011 $405 million was invested in projects in the tourism sector, and 2012’s investment is estimated at $842 million.
From a press release from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP):
There is no doubt that tourism in Panama is taking giant leaps when beach projects are attracting thousands of visitors from around the world who choose to come to the isthmus to have their best vacation ever.
The tourism developer Gran Pacifica is planning to complete the Gran Pacifica villa with 300 homes, hotels and condominiums, golf courses and parks, according to the master plan for investment.
Laprensa.com.ni reports that "Leveraging the signs of recovery shown in some of the world’s economies, which seem to have withstood the roughest stage of the global crisis, the tourism developer Gran Pacifica is expanding its growth targets toward agribusiness, energy generation and mining, without abandoning its goal of consolidating residential tourism. "
The phenomenon is concentrated on the Pacific coast in Guanacaste with buyers mainly being foreigners and locals from the upper middle class.
The area of Tamarindo in Guanacaste's Gold Coast leads sales in 2014 in the real estate market in Costa Rica, helped by the increasing preference of investors for enclosed coastal districts, first class tourist infrastructure with beaches near to Liberia International Airport, and legal certainty for investment in properties.
Lack of control of unofficial businesses that are setting up on the coasts is preventing further development in areas with high tourism potential such as San Juan del Sur.
The business community argues that the Law for the Development of Coastal and Environmental Conservation is not being complied with, as unofficial businesses such as restaurants and hotels are being allowed to set upon the coasts.
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