The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Foreign tourists in Nicaragua spent an average of $42.40 per day in the first quarter of this year, 4.9% more than in the same period a year earlier, informed an official source today.

In the first quarter of 2013, foreign tourists spent in Nicaragua an average of $40.40 per day, specified the Central Bank of this Central American country in a report.

Tourists from North America recorded an average daily per capita spending of 62.1 U.S. dollars between January and last March, emphasizes the central bank of the state, which offered these data based on a visitor survey.

The South Americans spent $54.4, Europeans $51.3, other regions $60.5 and the Central Americans $27.5, but they present 65% of all tourists who visit Nicaragua, which determines the overall.

According to the report, foreign tourists visiting Nicaragua on business trips spent $71.9 daily on average, followed by tourists who entered in order to spend a holiday ($56.9).

During the first quarter of this year the average stay of tourists who entered Nicaragua was 7.7 days, according to official information.

Tourists from Europe and North America remained the most time in Nicaragua with 10.8 and 8.1 days, respectively.

The report indicates that tourists using airway remained 6.9 days averagely and spent $80.3 daily.

Hikers visiting the country on cruises spent an average of $53.4 per capita.

In 2013, Nicaragua received 1.23 million tourists, which left $417 million in the country, according to official figures.

The authorities expect that in 2014 more than 1.31 million foreign tourists will visit Nicaragua and hope to register a foreign currency income of 440 million dollars.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica