Rental Properties in Nicaragua

Already more than 1000 homes are available to rent through the web platform Airbnb, and most of them are centered around the Pacific coast.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The increasing supply of houses and apartments available for short stays is forcing hotels to change their methods of attracting guests in order to survive. In the case of Nicaragua, where the hotel supply is relatively nascent and not as developed as in other neighboring markets, the efforts that businesses in the tourism sector have to make to compete with Airbnb is even greater.

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Carlos Muñoz, Manager of Public Policy and Government Relations at Airbnb for Central America and the Caribbean, told that "...'We see this platform as a way to democratize tourism, because it allows people who traditionally were unable to participate to have a share in it and receive benefits from that sector'."

"... Nicaraguans currently signed up to Airbnb as hosts are concentrated in the Pacific area of the country. 'There is a large supply of vacation homes, beach houses, but at the same time there are houses in Managua, in the mountains and some others on offer on the Caribbean Coast' said Carlos Muñoz."

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