Tourism in 2020: Year to Forget in Nicaragua

In the context of the health crisis generated by the outbreak of covid-19, businessmen of the sector foresee that at the end of 2020 the tourism industry will add revenues of about $176 million, an amount that would be 66% less than that reported in 2019.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The estimates of the National Chamber of Tourism of Nicaragua (Canatur), are more pessimistic than the projections of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), since according to the business association the income will amount to $176 million and according to the government institution it will add $216 million at the end of the year.

With respect to the perspectives for 2021, the panorama for the Nicaraguan tourism industry is not so encouraging, since they foresee some barriers.

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Reviewed by Laprensa.com.ni, "... although the implementation of a vaccine to stop covid-19 infections has lit a light at the end of the tunnel, the tourist reactivation will not come until the population is mostly vaccinated, which continues to generate uncertainty and more so for Nicaragua, where Daniel Ortega's regime is in conflict with the airlines, preventing the recovery of tourism."

Lucy Valenti, president of Canatur, explained that "... the air connectivity of a country is key for the tourist activity. And while in Central America all the airlines that operated before the pandemic have returned to work, even increasing their flight frequencies and opening new routes, in Nicaragua only Avianca and Conviasa are working on a regular basis."

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