Nicaragua: World Surfing Competition Encourages Tourism

From May 31st to June 7th, 2015 Sardina beach, on the Pacific coast, will host the World Surfing Championship.

Friday, March 6, 2015

For the third time the beaches in the municipality of Tola will be hosting the World Surfing Championships, an important income generator because athletes have a level of daily expenses "... of about $100, which is twice the average spent by tourists who come to do other things. " It also improves the positioning of the country as a tourist destination.

Lucy Valenti, president of the Nicaraguan Surf Federation, told that "... These world championships have placed Nicaragua as one of the top surfing destinations due to their media impact. The championships that have been held, have taken place in more than 150 countries and 250 million people have discovered Nicaragua thanks to the transfers that are made. "

Gerald Membreño, general manager of the Popoyo tourism project, added "... We as hosts are already working to provide good logistics and now we have hired 16 workers, because these global events promote surfing tourism and generate interest in acquiring coastal properties. "

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April 2012

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May 2009

From August 1 – 8, the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games will take place in Playa Hermosa, Jacó.

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The president of the Costa Rican Surfing Federation, José Ureña, said that one of the biggest challenges that the organization is facing is contributing to the development of the sport in Costa Rica and promoting the country as a tourist destination.

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced that next year's World Surfing Championships will be held at Hermosa Beach in Jaco (Central Pacific).

The games are scheduled for July 31st through August 8th 2009.
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