Local Tourism: A Lifeline During the Crisis?

Because the number of foreign visitors arriving to Nicaragua has decreased considerably, during 2019 businesses in the sector were kept afloat by the income generated by national tourists.

Friday, January 24, 2020

According to the report "Situation of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Tourism Businesses in 2019", prepared by the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Funides), 62% of the businesses surveyed stated that at the time of the survey they had fewer workers than in March 2018, weeks before the crisis broke out.

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The reception of foreign tourists in the tourist businesses surveyed has been reduced from 62.7% in 2017 to 29.8% in 2019. While the proportion of domestic tourists received by tourism businesses increased from 37.3% in 2017 to 70.2% in 2019, the document details.

The document adds that "... The sales revenue of the surveyed tourism businesses decreased 57.1 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. In the first half of 2019, sales decreased on average 51.1 percent compared to the first half of 2017.

In addition, 54.5 percent of respondents believe that their sales in the first half of 2019 were lower than in the first half of 2018. During the first half of 2018, the fall in revenue in the second quarter of the year was offset by the positive performance of the sector in the first months of the year.

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