(posted Oct. 2, 5:00 p.m.)- Nicaragua reports an 11.8% increase in tourist arrivals during the first eight months of this year, compared to 2011, Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR) spokesman Julio Videa told La Prensa today.
Overall, tourism in Central America registered 6.8% growth during the first trimester of 2012, according to comparative numbers reported this week by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). Mexico’s tourism industry, in comparison, is up only 1.3%, according to CEPAL.
If Nicaragua maintains its double-digit rate during the final trimester of the year, it will finish 2012 with 1.2 million tourist arrivals, better than INTUR’s initial projections at the beginning of the year.
In January, Tourism Minister Mario Salinas told The Nicaragua Dispatch that he projected 6-8% growth in tourism this year, for a total of 1.1 million tourist arrivals.