Nicaragua: Changes to Tourism Incentives Law

The draft amendments to the Law which could be approved before the end of the year, would generate increased investment in the sector.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The proposal provides a reduction to $ 10 thousand minimum investment in order to receive tax benefits and a reduction of between 25 to 30% in electricity rates and drinking water.

With the current law, the minimum investment required per project, including land, for "mayor lodges" in the urban area of the capital of $ 500 thousand and for the rest of the country is $ 150,000. For the "minor lodges” the minimum is $ 100 thousand in urban areas and $ 50 thousand in the rest of the country.

With the reforms, "... for small and medium size companies, provided they are accredited with the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, these minimum amounts are reduced by 40 percent,” according to

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