Tourism: Nicaragua Disappears from Radar

Tour operators report the cancellation of almost 100% of the reserves for this year, and foresee that this situation will extend until 2019.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The crisis in which the country has been submerged since April 14 has brought a lot of negative consequences to the tourism sector. One of them is the one presented by representatives of the Nicaraguan Association of Receptive Tourism (Antur), since tour operators are registering cancellation levels of between 90% and 100%.

See "The cost of the crisis for Central America"

In addition to the reported cancellations, last week the Mexican airline Volaris announced the suspension of its services to Managua as of July 1, and the luxury tourist resort Mukul, in Guacalito, decided to close its operations indefinitely.  

See also "Tourism Hit Hard in Nicaragua"

Regarding the current situation of tourism companies and the cancellation recorded, the president of Antur, Claudia Aguirre, told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that " ...We are talking about 90% and 100%. We are reaching zero projection, that is to say, closing operations, operators are not receiving tourists, that is what we are seeing in reality. The operators have stopped receiving groups and we are facing cancellations that have been increasing."

In relation to what could be done to recover the lost market, Aguirre said that " ...We are looking for actions to face the crisis, and work again when the crisis passes. We have learned and we are working with wholesale agents, they are telling us that they are taking the difficult decision to discontinue [working] with Nicaragua, but they tell us that they hope to return to the country when the situation has been resolved because it is a destination that the agencies have proven to be of interest because of its attractions. We already have a knowledge base of Nicaragua's supply."

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