Nicaraguan Tourism Promoted in the U.S.

Tourism industry representatives are participating in the Annual Meeting of the United States Association of Tour Operators, known by the acronym USTOA.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A press release from the newspaper "El Pueblo Presidente" reads:

The CEO of INTUR, Architect Mario Salinas Pasos, is heading a delegation that is participating in North America in the Annual Meeting of the United States Association of Tour Operators known by the acronym USTOA.

The USTOA Annual Conference and Business Meeting 2011, takes place from 10 to 13 December at the Marriott Beach Resort Club, Golf and Spa Hotel in Marco Island, Florida. All activities, both social and professional, are planned so that invited participants and product suppliers will have many opportunities to meet with top executives, owners and managers of the most recognized and respected products in the U.S. Tourism Industry.

On December 9 the Minister Mario Salinas Pasos and Cro. Julio Videa, Director of Promotion and Marketing at INTUR gave a presentation on Nicaragua as a tourist destination to the Board of Directors of the Association to present the opportunities offered by Nicaragua to the U.S. market. The USTOA Annual Conference and Business Meeting 2011, is a unique forum for participants having pre-set appointments, the participation of INTUR as well as a meeting with the board including a series of more than 15 appointments with business leaders among them: Abercrombie & Kent, Latour, Pleasant Holidays, Tauck, Mark Travel Corporation, Collette Vacations, Goway Travel, Gate 1, Classic Vacations and International Expeditions among others.

The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), which has been in existence for over 20 years, is a professional organization that represents the leading companies in the U.S. tourism industry and is made up of 60 leading Tour Operators and Wholesalers offering tourist packages globally. Since its inception an annual conference has been held where members gather to discuss issues and the latest trends in the tourism industry worldwide.

INTUR keeps working to promote a positive image for the country, for this end the public relations agency Murphy O'Brien has released an excellent exposition of the country in different media such as Condenast Traveler, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Times, Men `s Journal, the Huffinton Post, Ocean Home Magazine, and has also made links with the U.S. tourism industry by gaining support from Partner Marketing Concepts. Nicaragua’s beautiful city of Granada appears as option number 1 in the 2nd edition of Patricia Schultz's book "1,000 places to see before you die".



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