Insecurity Affects Tourism in Nicaragua

Although Nicaragua has one of the lowest crime rates in Central America, in San Juan del Sur robberies of tourists are beginning to affect the sector.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Business owners and foreign residents have denounced the constant thefts, however, so far no actions or responses to the problem have been taken. Estimates by the National Chamber of the Micro, Small and Medium Tourism industry (CANTUR) reveal that there are 11 weekly assaults on tourists in this area.

"As entrepreneurs we are extremely worried about muggings of tourists, I have brought up the issue with the police, the mayor, even with the president the ministry, Mario Salinas, we have signed an agreement to pay for a permanent bilingual lawyer in order to be able to follow up on complaints so that criminals can be caught and sent to prison, "said Reyna Triguero, president of CANTUR.

According to the official, tourists have reported the thefts to their embassies and various internet sites, which is beginning to affect tourism. "The assaults are committed when the tourists are travelling by foot, bicycle or motorcycle en route to the beaches located south or north of the bay of San Juan del Sur, and assaults are even reported on vehicles," noted an article in Laprensa.com.ni.

Meanwhile, Randall Granja Fajardo, vice mayor of San Juan del Sur, said they are aware of the problem and have held meetings with tourism businesses and other government institutions. "They are considering various approaches including that San Juan del Sur have its own police headquarters (such as the departmental one) and having more effective coordination between police, prosecutors and judges," he added.



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