Salvador plans beauty-spot viewpoints for tourists

El Salvador's Tourism Ministry plans to build several viewpoints for tourists at beauty spots throughout the country.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Though the exact locations have yet to be decided they are likely to include the Lake Ilopango and Santiago Texacuangos panoramica highways, as well as the capital, San Salvador.

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Delay in Nicaraguan law puts US$1 billion of tourist projects on hold

May 2008

More than 60 Nicaraguan tourism projects valued at a total of some US$1 billion are on hold because Congress has failed to agree on a law to protect investments on the nation's coasts.

"We can only hope the law gets passed no later than June, because projects are being held up all over the place," said Lucy Valenti, president of the national tourism chamber, Canatur.

Nicaragua's Chinandega gears up with five-star hotel

May 2008

The Nicaraguan department of Chinandega, west of Managua, will have its first five-star hotel by the end of next year.

Netherlands-based Guido Emile Vioen, which owns and manages the project – now under construction – says the hotel will be known as the San Francisco.
The US$8 million project includes 100 rooms, shops, a beauty parlor, gym and parking for 200 vehicles.

Golf tees off as big Costa Rican tourist draw

May 2008

Golf in becoming a key element in Costa Rica's tourist industry. The sport generates US$86.7 million a year in hotel accommodation, food, recreation and purchases of equipment.

Some 34,000 tourists a year – 2 percent of the total – visit Costa Rica for golf, and at least six real-estate developments under construction include courses.

Guatemala fights violent reputation for tourists

April 2008

With such stunning natural beauty, Guatemala should be one of the world's leading tourist destinations, not a country shunned by visitors fearful of its reputation for violent crime.

Standing among rows of coffee beans drying in the sun, Jorge Santizo gestures towards the azure depths of Lake Atitlan and the three towering volcanoes dotting its shore.

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