Crisis Overwhelms Tourism

The union has reported that five months after the outbreak of the social and political crisis in Nicaragua, the country has lost about 68,000 of the 120,000 jobs generated by the sector.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) presented a report highlighting the impact of the country's social and political crisis on the tourism sector.  

According to the report, this year they will receive $400 million less compared to last year, about 600,000 tourists will not come to the country and about 57% of jobs generated by tourism are being lost.

See "Less and less tourists in Nicaragua"

Regarding the issue, the president of Canatur, Lucy Valenti, told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that the sector has regressed " ... " between three and four years compared to the growth we have had in recent years. We are going to go back to 2015.  While there is no climate of full security there will be no improvement, because all tourists want tranquility."

See also "Tourism: Nicaragua disappears from radar"

Valenti added that " ... currently the country is only receiving people who come for business reasons, (but) 'they are not traditional tourists. Foreign tourism is non-existent at this time.'" 

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