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Enjoying a Morning Cruise Aboard ArrowCat

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Aboard an ArrowCat 30, Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats takes a morning cruise on the Florida waters heading to sea state one testing the performance of this offshore power catamaran.

Leaving the Palm Beach Garden’s marina, the waters look blissful heading out to sea.  We enjoyed calm waters and warm Florida sun along the intracoastal on this Friday morning.

 

ArrowCat 30 Starboard Helm

The calm waters of the Florida intracoastal look inviting for our morning cruise on the ArrowCat 30.  As we entered the channel the chop picked up and the smaller monohull vessels did not venture out to the open waters.  They were readily being tossed and turned; rocking and rolling.  Beyond the channel were a few scattered larger monohull vessels experiencing rough chop of the Atlantic.   But not the ArrowCat; it easily cruised through the chop into the Atlantic without any difficulty.  The stability and comfortable cruise was most likely enviable by those who were turning back unable to enjoy the offshore waters.

Looking ahead at the white caps we headed towards conditions between sea state one and two.   The ArrowCat performed like a champ.  This vessel navigated the conditions with ease and exceptional stability.  The hull design handled the ocean extraordinarily. Larger monohull vessels turned back to shore rather than attempt the off shore conditions. The ArrowCat was impressive maintaining course, stability and none of the tortuous rolling sensation the monohulls were experiencing.  Our ride was dry, enjoyable, smooth and quite comfortable!

The ArrowCat 30 Express is a popular boat designed to meet all your boating needs.  It is built tough for your offshore requirements, yet it handles like a champ in shallow draft too.  The ArrowCat line provides families, fishermen and offshore boaters a  safe, comfortable ride with  speed and economy like no other vessel.

Renowned international yacht designer, Roger Hill achieved a proven design to meet the needs for family fun, fishing, scuba, entertaining and much more.  The unique design offers the best of displacement and planing hull technologies with stability, exceptional seaworthiness and fuel economy!

Rob Harty of ArrowCat and Domingo Bernardo of Mar Y Sol enjoying the morning cruise.

 

This ArrowCat was equipped with twin Suzuki 175s, and weighs 30% less than the same sized mono-hull affording excellent fuel economy.  A hallmark of a power catamaran is fuel efficiency and the ArrowCat 30 delivers!

The ArrowCat 30 top speed is 50 MPH (42 knots) and burns only an impressive 10 gallons per hour at a cruising speed of 20 knots (23 MPH).

We shut off the engines and set adrift.  Again the hull design proved to be superior; stable, solid and comfortable.

All the ArrowCat models feature a multipurpose layout perfect for families, entertaining, fishing and diving.   The L shaped design of the settee allows for plenty of seating and room for walking about the salon.  The area can easily accommodate up to 8 adults comfortably for the day.  The ArrowCat 30 can sleep up to 6 making it a great weekend get-away vessel.

Rob Grgek a local ArrowCat dealer at the helm of the 30 ft ArrowCat

The helm station is positioned in the middle providing lots of visibility, light and comfort for the skipper.  The dash has plenty of room for all the electronics with seat on the starboard for the co-pilot.

The ArrowCat brand has lots to offer for families, fisherman, divers and cruisers.

ArrowCat is hand built with an experienced team using the best materials!  Come aboard and see for yourself!

Contact Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats for more information!

0396[1]Bonita Springs Firefighters get a New TwinVee

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The Bonita Springs Fire Department has upgraded a critical part of it’s life saving equipment.

The boat’s longer, it’s wider, has more storage, safer for us as the rescuers and passengers we have to bring on here,” said Lt. Richard Scott

The 26-foot custom built Twin Vee is equipped to perform fire and medical calls with advanced life support equipment, once it hits the water.

We can keep all the necessary equipment on here that we need, including water rescue equipment, medical equipment, our fire pump, and our foam that goes with it,” said Lt. Scott.

This twin engine, Twin Vee, is replacing the departments 22-foot Boston Whaler.

“One of things this boat is customized with is a rescue door, which gives easy access without hurting someone further.”

It’s thermal imaging will help fire crews spot a boat or someone in the water.

“What you see here is exactly how this would look at night which enables us to help find people, like victims in the water, or helping with navigation.”

Lt. Scott said this boat is essential to station number two.

A lot of the calls we have are in the Gulf, circumstances that aren’t always like today, windy conditions, very rough and that’s typically when people get in trouble.”

Latin American airlines will require over 2,100 new aircraft …

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According to the recently released Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin American airlines will require 2,120 new aircraft between today and 2031, including 1,660 single-aisle, 420 twin-aisle and 40 very large aircraft estimated at $242 billion. Globally, by 2031 some 28,200 new aircraft valued at $4 trillion will be required to satisfy future robust market demand.

 

With GDP currently growing above the world average, socio-economic indicators predict Latin America’s middle class will double between 2012 and 2031. Additionally, Latin America has become the second most urbanised region worldwide after North America, and by 2031, 10 out of the 92 mega-cities with more than 10,000 daily long-haul passengers will be in the region.

As a result of this region’s dynamic economic growth, Latin America’s air traffic will rise 5.3 percent per year over the next 20 years, well above the world average of 4.7 percent. Benefiting from this, the region’s airlines will grow their own traffic by almost 6 percent per year, the second highest growth globally, only exceeded by those airlines based in the Middle East. Additionally, Latin American airlines’ market share on long-haul routes increased by 8 percent between 2005 and 2011, to reach 21 percent today, showing that they have significant development potential for intercontinental networks.

source:  Airbus Global Market Forecast Airbus: Latin American airlines will require over 2,100 new aircraft ….

Forbes Magazine says CEO Space is “A 2013 Must Attend Business Conference”

Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boat founders, Domingo Bernardo and Theresa Biemer are graduates and active members of CEO Space International.

Theresa and Domingo at the 1212 CEO Space Expo

 

CEO Space is a combination of a conference, networking event, and trade show. This week long event’s primary goal is to help the executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in attendance achieve their goals faster and easier.  It is accomplished through networking opportunities, coaching sessions, team building exercises, and much more. By attending this conference you’ll make connections with key people and other leaders valuable to helping you achieve your professional and business goals.

CEO Space and Berny Dorhmann has assembled a large faculty staffed by an “all star team of Fortune management advisers.”  They come here to donate their time and knowledge and readily give advice and counsel.  Here at Trade Show Forums held 5 times each year you will rub elbows with well renowned business professionals, writers and speakers.

 

Bob Proctor at 1212 CEO Space International

One of the many featured faculty members is Bob Proctor, a well respected, highly sought out speaker in the world on the topic of getting rich.  His principles are based on the book by Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich which had a dramatic change in his own life.  For over 40 years, Bob Proctor has been the leader in the power of positive thinking and self-motivation.

Whether it is renowned speaker like Bob Proctor or Les Brown, business professionals like Harry Lay, best selling writers like Dolf de Roos or entertainment personalities like Rhonda Britton, CEO space offers an amazing resource for its members!

Whether it’s networking with potential clients or learning about the latest trends, attending conferences is one of the most valuable investments you can make personally and professionally. The 2013 conference line-up is full of great options for entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, and those wanting to get a step ahead in business

Forbes is correct ~CEO Space is THE place to be for your business.

 

 

 

source: Must-Attend 2013 Conferences for Entrepreneurs – Forbes.

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica tops Latin American ranking of outsourcing services

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“San José is one of the most impressive services destinations in the continent,” study says.

The “Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations Report 2013” places Costa Rica as the best country in Latin America for outsourcing operations and 13th worldwide.

The private study released by global consulting and investment firm Tholons indicates that Costa Rica climbed five positions from the 2012 index and is “a key player in the corporate services industry and information technology in Latin America and the world.”

“San José, Costa Rica, remains one of the most impressive destinations in the region. It surpassed bigger cities like São Paulo and Buenos Aires, consolidating the city as one of the big winners in the 2013 list,” the report cited.

Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said Wednesday in a statement that this prominent position is a direct result of the work done to develop and consolidate the services sector in Costa Rica.

Gabriela Llobet, executive director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, added that the Tholons ranking also reflects that the country now competes not only with continental leaders but also directly with global giants such as India, Poland, Ireland and Malaysia.

The only two countries in Central America that made the list besides Costa Rica were Nicaragua and Guatemala, appearing at the bottom of the ranking at 95 and 96, respectively.

source: Costa Rica tops Latin American ranking of outsourcing services / News Briefs / Current Edition / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Twin Vee 35 Hydrofoil: Added Lift, Better Efficiency

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Twin Vee 35 Hydrofoil: Added Lift, Better Efficiency

Features, Boat Reviews and Boat Tests  from Boats.com

This new powercat from Twin Vee was designed specifically to carry hydrofoils, fore and aft, in its tunnel.

Twin Vee Powercats build some unique boats, and the latest to enter their line-up of one-of-a-kind cats is the 35 Hydrofoil. This boat was designed and built for foils, and with a pair of 300-hp Suzuki outboards on the transom, cruises in excess of 40-mph.

 

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“The fuel and efficiency difference with the hydrofoils is incredible,” Twin Vee CEO Roger Dunshee told me, when the boat was introduced at the Miami Boat Show. “We had to design the boat specifically for them and it was quite an investment, but I just can’t believe how well it runs,” he said.

The foils generate both lift and trim stabilization, and in some cases can reduce a boat’s lift/drag ratio from 4.0:1 to 20:1. That additional lift and reduced drag mean you can use smaller powerplants to get the same speeds out of a boat, and one of the first owners claimed that his 35 gets better than three MPG at cruise.

If foils are so darn good, why doesn’t every cat builder use them? Design costs are a major reason, but results seem to vary from one model to another, too, with smaller boats seeing reduced benefits. When I tested a pair of 29’ cats a few years ago, one with and one without foils, the efficiency gain we measured was under 10-percent.

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Foils aside, the 35 is built to be a serious fishboat, and includes a leaning post with rocket launchers, a tackle station, and a livewell; a walk-in console head compartment; fore and aft seating; and gunwale rodholders. The helm has plenty of space for those big, beautiful LCD screens we anglers love, and coaming bolsters line the gunwales.

Twin Vee 35 Hydrofoil: Added Lift, Better Efficiency – Features, Boat Reviews and Boat Tests – Boats.com.

Living large in Costa Rica – CNN.com

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Enjoy the view over the Papagayo Peninsula from your private pool at the Four Seasons.

(CNN) — Not so long ago, Costa Rica was a backpacker’s game.

Other than a few business-class hotels in the capital of San José and a handful of isolated luxury properties scattered about the scenic hinterlands, travelers could expect little in the way of genuine comfort while exploring one of the most beautiful and eco-conscious countries on the planet.

Over the past decade, however, Costa Rica’s fastest-growing crop has been a collection of opulent hotels and resort communities, complemented by marinas, golf courses, gourmet restaurants, hot springs and other world-class facilities.

The tag attached to most deluxe properties is usually something like “ecolodge” or “ecoresort,” which may conjure visions of dreadlocks, granola and recycled hemp-fiber sheets.

Don’t be fooled.

Yes, most of the country’s destinations are green; Costa Rica’s Sustainable Tourism Program rewards environmentally friendly properties with one to five “leaves” and copious free publicity.

But Costa Rica’s new upscale properties are as elegant and comfortable as any in Latin America.

Here are the best regions and stays for putting a little service and Chardonnay into your sand and scenery.

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 Living large in Costa Rica – CNN.com.

Tourism Opportunities to Central America Increases

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Despite the downturn in the major economies, more and more tourists traveling the globe are looking for the kind of experiences that Central America has to offer.

 

The opportunities are there. Demand for tourist destinations such as the ones Central America can offer is firm and is increasing every year.

What is essential is that the quality of tourism services on offer be increased, particularly ensuring that tourists are not affected by the criminal violence that pervades the region.

A statement from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reads:

Tourism grows in the world despite the international crisis
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% a year worldwide between January and August of 2012 and is nearing for the first time the 1,000 million mark for December, said the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the UN agency, tourism figures climbed 5% in emerging economies, compared with 4% in developed countries.

The WTO, which predicts an overall growth of no more than 4% for the year, said Chinese spending on travel abroad grew significantly.

Source: CentralAmericaData.COM

 

 

 

 

Source:  http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/home/Opportunities_in_Tourism

NBC Sportfishing Highlights Nicaragua in January

TREASURES OF RIO SAN JUAN, NICARAGUA

Air Date: 1/20/13

Guest host John Frazier takes a trip into the wilds of central Nicaragua in search of the giant tarpon that live in the Rio San Juan, which flows southeast out of Lake Nicaragua toward the Caribbean Sea. Tag along with Frazier as he and guide Allan Tisseaux hunt these monster fish in a beautiful and untamed part of the world.

 

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2013/01/11

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John Brownlee and the SFTV crew travel south to the famed Osa Peninsula, to fish the Pacific Ocean out of the famous Crocodile Bay Resort in Puerto Jimenez

 

 

CEO Space and Beyond !

Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boat founders, Domingo Bernardo and Theresa Biemer just returned from the CEO Space International 1212 Forum.

CEO Space International is a private, members only organization promoting cooperative entrepreneurial business relationships. For almost 30 years at Forums held 5 times a year, CEO Space International has demonstrated  the model of “Cooperative Capitalism” does in fact work!   Through these Forums and reinvented trade shows, professionals and entrepreneurs gather together in a collaborative effort to achieve professional goals in an accelerated time frame.

Mar y Sol founders, Domingo Bernardo and Theresa Biemer attend MBA level classes, workshops, personal meetings and meal times with faculty from Fortune 500 companies.  These all-star mentors come to CEO Space to openly share their knowledge and experience. The faculty is an essential part of the CEO Space community and spends long hours with the members. These experienced professionals are from international institutions, businesses and government.  Many are best-selling authors and speakers.  All these mentors have a world-wide reputation and work tirelessly during the Forum.

Notable speakers, writers, and business professionals like Berny Dohrmann, Les Brown, Bob Proctor, Harry Lay, Bill Walsh, Dolf de Roos,  Bob Circosta, Hugh Ballou, Rhonda Britten, Robert Johnson, Andy Paige and more are some of the faculty that work tirelessly throughout the Forum.

The Expo is the highlight at the end of the week where graduates return to meet new members.  Mar y Sol was able to display an American Offshore 28 ft performance catamaran at 1212 Forum.  This beautiful twin hull boat features a 850 HP super charged V8, can comfortable seat 12 people for a day at the ocean or one speedster up 85 MPH! It was a hit with all attendees!

Mar y Sol continued on business travels after the Forum and headed to visit top business professionals around the country.  We just returned after a month long trip and driving over 9400 miles promoting Mar y Sol.  It was a huge success!

Be sure to view our facebook page:  www.facebook.com/2011marysol for more pictures.

Mar y Sol gets some selling tips from Bob Circosta of the Home Shopping Network
Terry with Bill Walsh at the CEO Space 1212 Expo

 

The Results are in for the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala

Team OBX Repeats as PCCA Guatemala Winners!

Billfishing is always unpredictable. No one can say with any certainty whether the fish will bite or not during a given period and despite the best intentions, even the world’s finest destinations can turn cold. But the anglers of the 2012 Presidential Challenge of Guatemala managed to persevere despite the tough fishing conditions. Maybe it was the extra cocktail or two after dinner, or a good laugh shared with a new friend, but at least the fun was plentiful during the week. 

And when the fishing is this challenging it’s important to make every shot count. That was the key to victory in this year’s event for Team OBX, fishing with Capt. Chris Sheeder on the Rum Line. The team of Dell  Dembosky,

Team OBX, winners of the PCCA Guatemala tournament.

  Mike Viveiros and Craig Johnson missed just two sailfish bites during their three days of tournament fishing, emerging victorious for the second year in a row in this tournament with 1,200 points and 12 sailfish releases.  
In second place, the Day One leaders on the Release with Capt. Chico Alvarenga, Team Priority: Hans Kaspersetz, Jim McCord, Ed Arnold and Herbert Merryweather. They scored a nice marlin release on Day Two and picked away at the sails, finishing with 1,000 points from seven sailfish releases and a marlin kicker. Gary Carter, Tim Mossberg and John Richardson rounded out the top three, fishing with Capt. Brad Phillips on the Decisive. They finished the tournament with 1,000 points and ten sailfish releases. Carter was the top daily angler on Day Three.

 

Dell Dembosky, Top Angler.

 In the angler standings, Dembosky had the hot hand almost from the start, vaulting himself into Top Angler status with 800 points. He was followed by Hans Kaspersetz from Team Priority with 600 points. Kaspersetz was aided by his blue marlin release on Day Two, the team’s only points for that day. In third was Dana Thomas, representing Team Pelese and fishing on the Makaira with Capt. Jason Brice, with 400 points. Thomas released a blue marlin and a sailfish to emerge as the top daily angler on the second day of fishing as well.

The PCCA Guatemala tournament also wrapped up the season-long points race for the Costa Grand Champion Team and Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler awards. Winning the Costa Grand Champion Team was the Sea Angel, owned by Greg Angel. His team fished the PCCA Costa Rica and Papagayo Cup tournaments and tallied an impressive 3,500 points (teams must fish at least two Series tournaments in order to qualify). In second place was the Marc Stanley’s Pelese, with 3,300 points, followed by Team Priority in third with 2,400 points. In the Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler standings, Marc Stanley was first place with 2,200 points and Austin Angel second with 1,900 points. Rounding out the top three was Hans Kaspersetz with 1,350 points..

 

The Presidential Challenge Conservation Series is an internationally-recognized tournament series with events in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Aruba. In 2012 alone the series raised in excess of $25,000 for The Billfish Foundation’s conservation initiatives and projects in Central America and throughout the world. For more information on next year’s tournaments please visit www.preschallenge.com.

 

Final Standings
First Place Team: OBX, 1,200 points
Second Place Team: Priority, 1,000 points

Third Place Team: Decisive, 1,000 points

First Place Angler: Dell Dembosky, 800 points
Second Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 600 points

Third Place Angler: Dana Thomas, 400 points

First Place Boat: Rum Line, 1,200 points
Second Place Boat: Release, 1,000 points

Third Place Boat: Decisive, 1,000 points

PCCA Grand Champion Standings
Costa Grand Champion Team: Sea Angel, 3,500 points
Costa Second Place Team: Pelese, 3,300 points
Costa Third Place Team: Priority, 2,400 points

  Eagle Claw Grand Champion Angler: Marc Stanley, 2,200 points

Eagle Claw Second Place Angler: Austin Angel, 1,900 points

Eagle Claw Third Place Angler: Hans Kaspersetz, 1,350 points

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Hyatt Hotel Inaugurated in East San Jose

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Integrated into the Momentum shopping center, the 120-room hotel’s main clients will be executives visiting the growing number of companies with offices in the area.

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Nacion.com reports that “The managers have said they also aim to attract tourists who want to get to know the eastern part of the greater metropolitan area, where there are volcanoes and mountains.”

Investment in the Hyatt Place San Jose Pinares amounted to $20 million for the 7350 m² construction area and 1524 m² of parking spaces.

The hotel is integrated into the Momentum Pinares mall where there are cinemas, a theater, a wide variety of restaurants and in the near future a tower containing over 60 medical specialists.

“The rooms have a work area, couches and a TV with all the necessary connections. A basic room costs $105 in November and December, pre-opening, and then will cost between $130 and $150, depending on the date, with breakfast included.”

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source: http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/home/Hyatt_Hotel_Inaugurated_in_East_San_Jose

Central America Population Will Continue To Grow

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The Central American population will grow by eleven million over the next 15 years, at different rates depending on the country.

The Central American population will increase by about eleven million over the next fifteen years while in the last ten years it has increased by almost seven million people.

The growth associated with this estimate (1.6% annually) is expressed in very different rhythms within the region. The slowness of El Salvador (0.7% annually) contrasts with the dynamism of Guatemala (2.2% annually).

For the period 2010-2015, Guatemala will concentrate little more than half, while Honduras will provide a fifth of the population growth in the area. While Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador will see growth of around 700,000 inhabitants each, Guatemala will increase its population by 1.8 million people and Honduras nearly 800,000.

Another important implication of the growth has to do with the occupation of the territory in each country. Population density in Central America has great contrasts. At one extreme is Belize, with 14 inhabitants per square kilometer, and the other is El Salvador, with 294.

In some capital cities where population density is greater than a thousand people per square kilometer growth and agglomeration will continue, as in the case of San Salvador, which has about 2,500 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Source: Estado de la Nación

 

 

source: http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Current_and_Future_Demographics_of_Central_America?u=2376ff561f8827e3f9211e3534309e93&s=n&e=3&mid=[MESSAGEID]

International tourism strong despite uncertain economy

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International tourist arrivals grew by 4% between January and August 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The resilience of international tourism in a continuing uncertain economy is further confirmed by the positive data on tourism earnings and expenditure.

 

The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 4% between January and August 2012 compared to the same eight months of 2011 (28 million more). With a record 705 million tourists up to August 2012, UNWTO remains confident that one billion international tourists will have travelled the world by the end of the year.

 

Emerging economies regain the lead

Emerging economies (+5%) have clearly regained the lead as compared to advanced ones (+4%).

In the Americas (+4%), Central (+7%) and South America (+6%) continued to show the strongest performances, with growth in the Caribbean (+5%) also significant. International tourist arrivals grew 3% in North America

source: http://www2.unwto.org/es/node/37868

Tourism is strong in Central America !

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Opportunities in Tourism

Despite the downturn in the major economies, more and more tourists traveling the globe are looking for the kind of experiences that Central America has to offer.

The opportunities are there. Demand for tourist destinations such as the ones Central America can offer is firm and is increasing every year.

 A statement from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reads:

Tourism grows in the world despite the international crisis
International tourist arrivals grew by 4% a year worldwide between January and August of 2012 and is nearing for the first time the 1,000 million mark for December, said the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the UN agency, tourism figures climbed 5% in emerging economies, compared with 4% in developed countries.

 

 

 

source: http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Opportunities_in_Tourism?u=2376ff561f8827e3f9211e3534309e93&s=n&e=3&mid=[MESSAGEID]

Wow, More Countries are Investing in Nicaragua

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A surprising 55% of Nicaragua’s direct foreign investment comes from Canada, USA and Spain and with 284 new projects in the works, the country is poised to increase those numbers.

 

What he did grow foreign direct investment in 2011 are 284 new projects were able to attract, whose capital comes from 41 countries “the highest amount in history,” according to investment promotion agency ProNicaragua.

Alvaro Baltodano, presidential delegate for investment, is confident that “excellent results” obtained allow Nicaragua occupies the first place in Latin America and the Caribbean, growth in foreign investment attraction. “We’ll know when all countries to finish their numbers,” said Baltodano.

But the position is privileged because ProNicaragua, the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MIFIC), consolidated indicators and regional level confirm that Nicaragua was “for four consecutive year, the highest” FDI as a percentage of GDP, with 14.1 percent.

Total foreign direct investment during the period 2007-2011 was 2,917.88 million, driven mainly by the energy, telecommunications and free zones, which represented on average 70 percent of the total.

 

 

source: Wow, More Countries are Investing in Nicaragua | Tropical Daily.

Nicaraguan Guide for Investors and Businesses Just Released

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The 2012-201 Guide to Doing Business In Nicaragua has been just released in cooperation with Amcham Nicaragua, Ministerio de Fomento, Industria y Comercio and ProNicaragua.

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The guide was published for investors and entrepreneurs in an informative bilingual format introducing the competitive advantages and investment opportunities in Nicaragua.  The country recognizes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is an ever increasing factor for developing countries and Nicaragua is welcoming its doors to the business world with many incentives.

So welcoming, that the FDI reached a record of $968 million dollars (US) in 2011, which represents a 91% increase from the $508 million (US) in 2010.  Nicaragua expects 2012 to surpass the 2011 number.  According to this report, the Nicaragua has enjoyed sustained economic growth due to “disciplined management of its fiscal, financial, monetary and exchange politics.”

 

The GDP in 2011 was $7.298 million (US) representing a growth of 4.7%  The top 5 sectors that made up this GDP is:

SECTOR                                                                            US$ Million       % of Total      
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing                        1,283               18.8 %

Manufacturing industries                                                  1,194               17.9 %

Commerce, hotels and restaurants                                   926                12.9%

Central government services                                             720                11.0%

Home ownership                                                                501                 6.8%

Recognizing foreign investment is of great importance the country has enacted the Foreign Investment Protection Law (344).  This law was created to formulate a clear framework to attract investors, create jobs along with social and economic development.

Nicaragua has worked for 20 years to develop and promote the country as a tourist destination.  It is one of the fastest growing sectors in their economy and is about 3% of the GDP.

In 2011, the country hosted more than 1 million visitors (1,060,031).  These were first time visitors and is an increase of 5% from the previous year.  Hotels and resorts are the top 10 visited sites in the country.  Many developments are serving the “baby boomers” and retirees offering marinas, golfing, spas and many other activities and services.

In order to attract tourism industry businesses, the Tourism Industry Law (306) offers numerous incentives and has been viewed as the most “generous and competitive in the region.”

This guide offers a concise introduction for the business owner and investor.  It also offers a wealth of  information highlighting the quality of life the country offers.  It’s natural beauty, pleasant climate and welcoming people is hospitable for work and play.

 

 

 

source: http://www.pronicaragua.org/images/stories/guia_inversionista/DOING_BUSINESS2012.pdf

ProExport Colombia Visits Mar Y Sol at Twin Vee Factory

Colombia represents an enormous opportunity for investors.

With the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, the country has opened its doors to the United States to expand its market in many sectors.  Mar Y Sol recognizes this opportunity and actively working to partner with Colombian and U.S. businesses and organizations.  We invited ProExport Colombia to visit Twin Vee Catamaran factory and meet Roger Dunshee, the founder, owner and CEO of Twin Vee !

Twin Vee Catamarans of Fort Pierce, Florida has prided itself on producing a safe,

Roger Dunshee

reliable quality boat at an affordable price.  Customers trust the name and the performance. As founder, Roger Dunshee states, Twin Vee Catamarans are “the best riding boats on the water.”  Over time, these well crafted boats will still hold their value!

Recently, Sergio Rodríguez, Foreign Investment Representative of ProExport Colombia visited the Twin Vee factory in Fort Pierce, Florida.  ProExport promotes “nontraditional exports, international  tourism and foreign investment” in Colombia.  They assist to identify market opportunities, assist to design strategies for the market segment, promote foreign direct investment in Colombia and much more.

Sergio Rodríguez

One of the market sectors that has been on the upswing is tourism.  Along the Colombian Caribbean coast line are cities poised for expansion in this sector.  Cartagena, is an urban center with almost 1 million residents and home to one the most important international ports.  Recreational tourism, beaches and development of the marine market is underway.  Rosario Islands, Barú and Santa Marta are known for the recreational tourism all surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Mr. Rodríquez explained that ProExport’s tourism office is located in Cartagena and offers services for the cruise ships and hotels. Domingo Bernardo, CEO and president of Mar y Sol explained the business plan and development for Colombia. The company will offer boating services and products to hotels, cruise ships, marinas and recreational boaters.  It was agreed by all, that Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats and Twin Vee Catamarans can in fact fill that niche and importantly, ProExport Colombia has offered assistance to Mar y Sol.

At a round table discussion,  Roger Dunshee  explained the benefits of  power catamarans and why the Twin Vee brand is so unique. Mr. Rodríguez had a tour of Twin Vee factory and able to see the quality of the construction which has made these boats famous.  Mr. Rodríquez was introduced to the latest technology in boating: the Twin Vee  Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat.   This advancement in boating creates a lift, runs on top of the waves, less resistance, lower horsepower and less fuel!

Twin Vee Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat

 

Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats is proud to represent Twin Vee Catamarans and to introduce these legendary boats to the Colombian market! With the enormous growth of the marine and recreational tourism, Mar y Sol along with Twin Vee  will fill a niche in the nautical market.

Thank you to Mr. Sergio Rodríguez for your visit and Mr. Roger Dunshee of Twin Vee for the factory tour!

 

source: http://twinvee.com/index.htm

source: http://www.investincolombia.com.co/sectors/services/hotel-infrastructure-and-tourism.html

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Orlando Mayor Attends Colombia Business Seminar Along with Mar Y Sol

Mar Y Sol was recently invited by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando’s (HCCMO) seminar, “Doing Business with Colombia. The event was held at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando with many Florida businesses in attendance.

The seminar highlighted the advantages of the Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia.  Guest speaker was Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs who accompanied the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando on the Bogotá trade mission in August.

Orlando Mayor Teresa Jacobs addresses Florida businesses at the National Entrepreneur Center

Presenters at the seminar included representatives from Canaveral Port Authority, Orlando International Airport and others.  Representatives from Jet Blue, Avianca and Copa Airlines announced they are increasing their flights to accommodate the rise of travel to Colombia.

Phil Brown, Executive Director of  Orlando International Airport told the audience that the Latin American market is one the fastest growing markets.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Thanks to a near-tripling of people flying between Central Florida and Latin America, Orlando was one of the three fastest-growing major markets for international air travelers during the past eight years…” (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-10-25/business/os-international-flights-orlando-data-20121025_1_orlando-international-airport-international-travelers-international-passenger )

Juliaña Pena of Enterprise Florida presented an overview of the Free Trade Agreement and its benefits for American businesses. Enterprise Florida believes Florida will have the most economic benefit.  That is certainly great news for companies like Mar Y Sol!

 

Ramón Ojeda, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando

 

Shannon Feeley, Senior Manager & Business Development from Canaveral Port Authority says the port is working on various partnerships.  Ramón Ojeda, President of the HCCMO says tourism will be an important industry and a delegation will be visiting Cartagena in 2013.

Florida businesses of all sectors attended the presentation.  Despite the troubled economy here in the United States, clearly Colombia is a solid country to develop business.

Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats wishes to extend a warm thank you to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando for the invitation to this informative event, especially Diana Bolivar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November News from the Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation

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In This Issue
PCCA Updates and News
2012 PCCA Series Sponsors
Standings Update

 The Presidential Challenge is one of the most competitive series of  tournaments anywhere in the world, and 2012 is certainly living up to that reputation. Here are the top ten in each division as we move into the final event, PCCA Guatemala.

 
Costa Grand Champion Team
COSTAUSE

SEA ANGEL     3500
PELESE            2750
XTA SEA          2450
VOICE/WILD  2200
RUM RUNNER 1750
DRAGIN FLY   1750
HIGH HOOK    1650

LAS VENTANAS   1350
PRIORITY       1100
LET IT RIDE    1050
Eagle Claw
Grand Champion Angler
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MARC STANLEY     2050 
AUSTIN ANGEL      1900
ALEXISCHAMORRO1250  
BOBBY HARDING    850
LARRY ALLISON      750 
GARY CARTER         750
ARTURO MORENO    750
TODD FLANDERS     750
JULIO CHAMORRO   750
HANS KASPERSETZ  700
 
 
Save The Dates!
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PCCA Costa Rica
Feb. 28-March 3
 
Papagayo Cup
May 16-19, 2013
 
Aruba Caribbean Cup
Oct. 17-20, 2013
 
PCCA Guatemala
Nov. 21-24, 2013
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November, 2012

NEWS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE
PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE WRAPS UP IN GUATEMALA
In just a few short weeks, the Presidential Challenge will cap our 17thPCCA LOGO anniversary season of “fishing for conservation” with the PCCA Guatemala event, scheduled for Nov. 15-18, 2012 at Casa Vieja Lodge. At stake is not just the tournament title but also the overall season-long race for the Costa Top Team and Eagle Claw Top Angler prizes. A number of teams are in the running for these awards so visit “Standings” on the Presidential Challenge website for more information. As of this time there are still several great boats available for charter so email info@preschallenge.com for rates and information. It’s not too late to fish!
MOMOI SPONSORS PCCA IN 2013
Momoi has come aboard with the Presidential Challenge as the Exclusive Line Sponsor for 2013! This is a big change because anglers will no longer be supplied with line from the tournament–they will be able to purchase their line from a very wide range of  suppliers well in advance of the tournament rather than wait until they arrive to spool up their reels. The official line for the 2013 season will be the Momoi Diamond in hi-vis yellow color; 20-pound test will be used in the PCCA Costa Rica and PCCA Guatemala tournaments and 30-pound test will be used in the Papagayo Cup and Caribbean Cup tournaments. Momoi Diamond is widely available through tackle retailers both locally and online so please join us in welcoming them aboard.
ALUTECNOS JOINS SPONSORS
Another sponsor, Alutecnos, has joined the Series for 2013.

Alutecnos will supply the Top Daily Crew prizes as well as the Top Angler prize in the form of their fighting belts. They will also be supplying some additional goodies for the anglers of the PCCA to win throughout the season so please also welcome aboard Alutecnos!

ADOPT-A-BILLFISH WRAPS UP TAGGING IN ARUBA
The second phase of the Adopt-A-Billfish white marlin satellite tagging program wrapped up recently in Aruba following the Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup. Dr. Eric Prince from NOAA, along with John Houlihan and Capt. Dan Kipnis were able to tag four large, healthy white marlin with pop-up satellite tags

during their days offshore. The tags are programmed to pop off after a set amount of time, sending their data to an orbiting satellite where it is then downloaded and studied by Dr. Prince and his scientific team. This information is crucial in unlocking the secrets of the white marlin, a billfish species about which little is known. The Presidential Challenge would like to thank Eric Mansur for his invaluable assistance in coordinating the Aruban boats for the tagging as well as Richard Eman for providing lodging for the tagging team at the Aruba Surfside Marina. Also, thanks to the Aruban government for their help in sponsoring a tag and for their hospitality during and after this year’s tournament.

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About the Presidential Challenge

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Proceeds from the Presidential Challenge Events will benefit The Billfish Foundation Central America Billfish Management Project, the Adopt-A-Billfish Satellite Tagging Program and the IGFA Take Marlin Off The Menu program.

Visit our website at:  www.preschallenge.com

The Presidential Challenge Charitable Foundation, Inc. is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.” CH # 24910

THE PREMIER SPORTFISHING CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS.
DEDICATED TO THE CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF BILLFISH AND INSHORE GAMEFISH.

The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks

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Published on: 2012/10/21

 

ARUBA Netherland Antilles
Aruba is the most westerly of the ABC islands of the Netherlands Antilles,
lying 15 miles north of Venezuela. The island is well known for its white
sand beaches, casinos and resorts.

Most diving is done off the island’s west coast, and there are a number of
interesting and historic shipwrecks to be explored.

For more information about Aruba visit the Aruba Board of Tourism’s official website – www.aruba.com

click below to the source which has a list of several shipwrecks

source: The Aruba Shipwreck Directory  Caribbean Shipwrecks.

Cartagena Chamber of Commerce with Local Businesses in Orlando

from facebook: Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats, Inc.

Theresa Biemer, COO and Domingo Bernardo, President and CEO (center left) of Mar y Sol at round table discussion about Colombia.

 

From the Board Room at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando where a group of Florida businesses learned from V Adm José Alfonso Diaz, president of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce the development, growth and interest in Colombia business.

 

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Domingo Bernardo, president and CEO (far right) of Mar y Sol at chamber meeting in Orlando

Domingo Bernardo, President and CEO of Mar y Sol listens to V Adm José Alfonso Diaz of Cartagena Chamber of Commerce at a recent meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. They have been actively working to promote trade with Colombia and invited local businesses to this meeting.

 

 

 

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