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11th National Tourism Convention in Chinandega

Arquimedes Hernández | Jun 26, 2013

Convetion's announcement. | Photographer: Arquimides Hernández

National Assembly, INTUR and local authorities announced national convention to be held in July.

Many of the major institutions working on the tourism field in Nicaragua will gather once again at the annual National Tourism Convention, where they will discuss current issues, listen to lectures given by experts and propose new areas of work. The 11th edition of the convention will take place on July 5th and 6th, in Chinandega, and officials from the Tourism Commission of the National Assembly, the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR), the largest chambers of private sector companies will participate, among others.

Mayra Salinas, INTUR executive president, said that the advancement of the tourism sector is the result of the work in conjuction from several sectors focused on the development of national tourism. Also, Salinas said that Chinandega has been selected to host the convention due to migration flow presented by this city, and to promote the tourist destinations of this department.

From January to May of 2013, Nicaragua has received 526 000 443 visitors, and one of the main challenges for the national tourism industry is the increase of the average spending by tourists, as the country has the lowest average spending in the central american region (U.S. $ 42.50 dollars a day) as a result of the small tourist offert, said Mayra Salinas.

For Indalecio Pastora, mayor of Chinandega, the biggest tourist attraction are the beaches, agroecological route, estuaries, ports and borders, that are going to be promoted during the convention. For this reason it was decided to title this convention "Chinandega undiscovered tourist destination," said Pastora.

During the convention will participate ambassadors, tourism chambers as Nicaraguan Chamber of Small and Medium Tourism Industry (CANTUR), National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) Nicaraguan Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises Tourist (CANIMET), university students of tourism and different mayors, shared Pastora. The event will be held in the old Railway Station.

The 11th National Tourism Convention will cover topics such as:

  • Importance of tourism in the economic policy of the government of national unity and reconciliation.
  • Sustainable rural tourism in the economic development of Nicaragua.
  • Tourist Attractions in Chinandega and the development of partnerships in the tourism sector.
  • Sport fishing, marine and its potential development in Nicaragua.
  • Route of volcanoes and colonial cities.

Translated by Cynthia Cordero