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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Nicholas Kontis, founder of World Travel List firm specializing in travel writes that the country of Nicaragua is now “the new tourist destination in Central America, which reigns as the next destination point to visit.”

    Kontis also ensured that Panama was the fashion destination in the 2000s, with a skyscraper of the first world and a new haven for retirees of the United States and Canada.

    But things can change, annotates Kontis.

    This specialist in tourism states that Nicaragua has low crime indicators, a rich biodiversity, among other things, has the Lake Nicaragua and its more than 300 islands, a coastline pristine ideal for surfers, more than 200 species of orchids, majestic volcanoes and all that without large crowds of tourists.

    “Everything you can find in Costa Rica is abundant in Nicaragua, a country that, unlike their southern neighbors, is blessed with a rich Spanish colonial culture that dates back centuries and is well preserved in the city of Granada,” says part of the article.

    In 2013 Costa Rica received a total of 2,427,941 international arrivals. For its part, Nicaragua has records of 1.2 million tourists arrived in the country in 2013. In terms of currency: Nicaragua received $ 417 million, while Costa Rica accounted for $ 2,427 million.

    Local reactions:

    Isabel Vargas, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) says that it is good news that the potential of a country in the region is highlighted, because that raises the level of all Central America in terms of attractiveness for markets like the U.S. and Europe.

    However, he emphasized that neither Nicaragua nor any other country of the Isthmus are competition for Costa Rica in view of our country has set the standard in the field of sustainable tourism and adventure.

    Luigi Quesada, tourism consultant, agreed with Vargas and additionally noted that our country has a democratic peace and social history “sold internationally”, unlike the northern neighbor, which still draws serious image problems to light like an unstable political history and little transparency.

    Quesada affirmed that among the strengths of Costa Rica, is also its “broad and consolidated” infrastructure.

    “Nicaragua fails in its infrastructure, which is badly needed.The Nicaraguan people are very obliging; on the contrary, in Panama the people do not offer a good customer service. But on the other hand Panama has infrastructure. Costa Rica has both,”said the expert with over 20 years of experience in the field of tourism.

    Vargas and Quesada expressed hope that Costa Rica expands its tourism by strengthening other areas such as wellness tourism (including medicine and meditation).
    As for the costs of vacation in the country, spokesmen of Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) indicated, days ago, that Costa Rica has a quality that has a prize, and that visitors are willing to pay.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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