Reforms to Tourism Incentives Act in Nicaragua

The current law provides a number of incentives for tourism but does not include some segments such as medical tourism and residential real estate for foreigners.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Two years ago the private sector promoted a law reform but it was not successful, which is why the Government is now taking up the issue again after an analysis of the current situation of the sector. Lucy Valenti, from the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) said that some tourism activities are not covered by the current legislation, and that reform is needed.

The Law "... establishes a minimum investment of $50 thousand to implement tax incentives, which is beyond the scope of micro, small and medium enterprises The reform proposal is that the new minimum be $10,000," reported

For Valenti, some of the issues to be resolved are incentives for integrated projects incorporating hotels, activities, tourist services, the issue of medical tourism and some gaps in relation to the Board of Incentives.

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