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Luxury Cruises into CartagenaPort of Cartagena, Attracting Luxury Boats

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Puerto de Cartagena, en la ruta de barcos de lujo | Corporación de Turismo de Cartagena | El Universal – Cartagena.

The Paul Gauguin cruise line included Cartagena in the route of the luxury ship Tere Moana, confirming the importance the walled city is gaining as an international tourist destination.

On Sunday, a total of five vessels from distinguished companies visited the city; the foray into the cruise market has become one of the main achievements of the Port of Cartagena, which seeks to capture the attention of renowned international lines .

The city government interprets this move as very important, entrenching Cartagena as major tourist destination in the Caribbean will boost the national tourism sector, with the corresponding benefits to the transportation, trade and gastronomy sectors.

CRUISE

The Tere Moana, left the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean, then from Cartagena will cross the Panama Canal and sail to the island of Coiba, Panama, and then to Marenco, in Costa Rica, and Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica.

Paul Gauguin Cruises is a specialized line of cruises to exotic destinations with warm weather and delivers services to customers that even the larger ships can not offer.  In fact, the maximum capacity of the Tere Moana, which was recently renovated, is only 90 people.

The other four boats that arrived over the weekend to Cartagena were: Seven Seas Mariner, a ship with 700 people with luxury features and marble European style tubs, gyms and jogging track, Coral Princess, Island Princess and The World, known for feeling like home with gyms and personal trainers, tennis courts, golf courses and luxury jewelers who travel the world, as they own several passenger cabins.

The Port of Cartagena expects 192 cruises in the 2013 season, not counting the first landfalls of the following ships: Wind Star, Disney Wonder, MS Columbus 2, Artania and Tere Moana.

New Megaport in Cartagena will be a Duty Free ZonePort of Cartagena Sets Records & Gets $45,000,000 Investment

From Colombian news sources (see references below)

Record Year for Container Movement

Containers in Cartagena

The Port of Cartagena reached a record of 2,018,389 containers moved at the end of 2012, positioning the port as the first in the country to achieve such progress.

The forecast for 2012 predicted  two million containers compared to 1,672,041 recorded at the end of 2011. This figure places Cartagena in the select group of the most important ports in the world and shows, once again, the country’s dedication to  international trade.

The expansion of the Panama Canal, expected to be ready in the first half of 2015, will allow 8.4 million containers to pass through each year, compared to 6.5 million presently.  The Port of Cartagena is one of the beneficiaries, and will be useful in  consolidating its position as the primary global hub for the Caribbean.

$45M investment

Area being prepared for new logistics center

The Chilean firm “Compas” announced a $45 million (USD) investment into the port of Cartagena for a new Logistics Center.

The partners in this project purchased a lot of 41 acres, on the new road that goes towards Barú, which will be used to develop a comprehensive logistics center.  Among other services, it will feature warehouses and a distribution depot,  areas for consolidating and deconsolidation; a yard for full and empty containers, storage area for wheeled vehicles and general cargo as well as extensive areas for installation of new industries related to foreign trade.

Capabilities of the Port of Cartagena and the 70 miles of Canal

one of the cargo cranes in Cartagena

The Port of Cartagena currently has the infrastructure and efficiency to meet up to 5,500 TEUs.  The port is a true logistics center linking the Caribbean to the world, through connections with more than 432 ports in 114 countries.

The 115 kilometers of the navigable Canal Dique, offers enormous potential to mobilize goods in cargo ships.  Furthermore, the possibility of higher amounts freight discount means that logistics costs are between 30% and 38% lower than terrestrial transport.

Those that use this waterway now have satellite navigation assistance, ensuring mobility 24 hours a day.  Therefore, cargo transport through the Canal is feasible, safe and profitable, with positive economic, social and environmental effects.

Read more at:

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/economica/inversion-chilena-en-puerto-de-cartagena-105783

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/local/puerto-de-cartagena-alcanzo-cifra-record-en-2012-104465

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/actualidad/puerto-de-cartagena-en-la-ruta-de-barcos-de-lujo-104959

http://www.cccartagena.org.co/boletin.php?b=177

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/economica/inversion-chilena-en-puerto-de-cartagena-105783

http://albatros.puertocartagena.com/opadmco.nsf/vstRefLinkDoc/58319A1A99908EAB052573B5004AD389

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=561030

Guacalito$250,000,000 (USD) Resort Opens Phase I in Nicaragua

Read more:  Pellas inaugura Guacalito de la Isla · El Nuevo Diario.

With a total investment of U.S. $ 250 million, Carlos Pellas, opened the luxury resort Guacalito Island, the first stage features a golf course with 18 holes, a boutique hotel and villas and cottages, in the idyllic town of Tola, Rivas near San Juan del Sur, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

Guacalito de la Isla
Beachside in Nicaragua

The first phase of the emblematic Guacalito Island, is located on the Emerald Coast of the Pacific, seeks to position Nicaragua as a premier tourist destination, opened 13 January 2013 in the presence of regional entrepreneurs invited by Carlos Pellas, who described the project as the legacy that the country intends to inherit.

With an estimated total of $ 250 million (USD), the first phase includes the boutique hotel Mukul, which has 39 rooms, 16 beach villas and 23 mountain huts, built on 1,600 acres (about 650 hectares), with an investment of U.S. $ 150 million.

My vision is that in 15, 20 years, we see this as the spark that made Nicaragua a tourist destination,” said Carlos Pellas, Pellas group leader.

Built with eco-friendly materials and the use of water catchment areas of rain, the resort is between and surrounded by more than 1,500 trees, some of which were transplanted  A 150-year guanacaste, erected at the entrance of the complex, represents the effort for the care of the environment.

 

 

GuacalitoNuevo Hotel, Cabañas, Villas y Cancha de Golf en Nicaragua

Lea más:  Pellas inaugura Guacalito de la Isla · El Nuevo Diario.

13 enero 2013

Pellas inaugura Guacalito de la Isla

Con una inversión total de US$250 millones, Carlos Pellas, líder del grupo Pellas, inauguró el resort de lujo Guacalito de la Isla, que en una primera etapa ofrece un campo de golf de 18 hoyos, un hotel boutique, así como villas y cabañas, en el paradisíaco municipio de Tola, Rivas, cerca de San Juan del Sur.

Guacalito
Guacalito

La primera fase del emblemático proyecto eco-turístico Guacalito de la Isla, ubicado en la Costa Esmeralda del Pacífico, en el municipio de Tola, Rivas, y que busca posicionar a Nicaragua como un destino turístico de primer nivel, fue inaugurado anoche en presencia de empresarios de la región invitados por Carlos Pellas, quien calificó dicho proyecto como el legado que pretende heredar al país.

Con una estimación total de US$250 millones, la primera etapa contempla el hotel-boutique Mukul, que cuenta con 39 estancias, 16 villas de playa y 23 cabañas de montaña, edificadas en 1,600 acres (casi 650 hectáreas), con una inversión de US$150 millones.

“Mi visión es que dentro de 15, 20 años, veamos esto como la chispa que despertó a Nicaragua como destino turístico”, expresó Carlos Pellas, líder del grupo Pellas.

Construido con materiales eco-amigables y con el uso de zonas de captación de agua de lluvia, el resort está entre y rodeado por más de 1,500 árboles, algunos de gran tamaño que fueron transplantados. Un guanacaste de 150 años, erigido en la entrada del complejo, representa el esfuerzo por el cuido del medio ambiente.

 

 

 

A New Beachfront Retreat is Rising on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast

Read more:  A New Isla Mariana Beachfront Retreat is Rising on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.

Isla Mariana Beachfront Retreat Nicaragua Blog

Grupo Mariana owns clear title to 1.5 kilometers of beach frontage on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, 89 kilometers northwest of the capital city of Managua. The property is 17 acres situated on a peninsula that spans 11 kilometres in length and is bordered by the town of Salinas Grandes to the North and Puerto Sandino to the South.

Isla Mariana is now a community with one unique neighborhood while the master plan has been completely revised and now features a recreational 25-slip marina, true beachfront home sites and a 16-room boutique hotel under the Laya Boutique Hotel brand.

Laya Boutique Hotel and Bungalows is a new component under the Grupo Mariana umbrella, and is a completely unique hospitality offering within the country of Nicaragua. A relaxed, eco-conscious hideaway for those looking for a private beachfront experience, Laya will offer boutique hotel suites and beachfront bungalows stretched along the Pacific Ocean. Laya, which means “liquid” in Nicaragua’s native Miskito language, offers travelers and couples a private destination and experience.

We believe that Isla Mariana is truly positioned to become an “eco resort” that respects the environment and offers an uncompromising, relaxed lifestyle. It’s an off-the-beaten path just 30 minutes from the colonial city of Leon, Juan Venado Nature Reserve as well as the unique Salinas Grandes area where salts are pulled directly from the sea surrounds it. Because of this, Isla Mariana is dedicated to preserving and promoting Nicaragua’s natural resources and efforts are being made to classify the nearby salt fields as an eco-preserve. In essence, Isla Mariana is a wonderfully exceptional and beautiful place.

Central America Population Will Continue To Grow

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Published on: 2012/11/15

 

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]

Tourism is strong in Central America !

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Published on: 2012/11/10

 

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]

14 million tourists expected to visit Central America each year by 2020

from: http://news.co.cr/14-million-tourists-expected-to-visit-central-america-each-year-by-2020/15551/

Relying mainly on its geographical and cultural attractions, today Central America points to a dramatic growth in tourism, with some reports estimating that the number of foreign visitors will reach 14 million by 2020.

 

tourism in central america

 

According to reports by experts of the National Tourism Congress of Costa Rica and studies released on the Internet, in 2011 the region earned 3.6 percent of the total tourism earnings of the Americas.

Meanwhile, sources of the consulting and financial advisory services firm Deloitte Panama predicted that some 14 million tourists will visit Central America by 2020, nearly twice the average 7.9 million travellers received every year at present.

They added that this tourist growth in Central America is part of the global upward trend, mainly in emerging markets.

Some researchers consider that the success of tourism in Latin America in general relies on the travellers’ increasing interest in its culture, diversity of traditions and religions, beautiful landscapes and virgin nature.

Central America received eight million tourists last year and they brought 7.20 billion USD into the region; Costa Rica was the most visited country, followed by Panama, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Fox News Asks Is Nicaragua the next Costa Rica?

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Published on: 2012/09/09

From: Nicaragua tourism: the next Costa Rica? | Fox News.

 

In the years since the revolutionary war of the 70’s and 80’s ended, something of a democracy has developed in Nicaragua. Presidential elections were held and many of the restraints on citizens were lifted. Capitalism is now slowly invading the economy, as more businesses risk development and more services become available.

As a result, curious world travelers are gradually starting to seek out this formerly menacing place. It’s no surprise, as word spreads about the miles of white sandy beaches, rain forests and mountains that have become a major draw for hikers and climbers. Unique geologic rock formations left by volcanic eruptions of the past have become sought out tourist attractions.

 

While the national language is Spanish, many people in the Central American country speak fluent English. In fact, they learn it in school, often beginning when they are just five years old. New hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars are opening up on the coasts and around the colonial cities, like Granada, which at first glance looks like a pretty but faded postcard. Older Spanish style buildings border the city’s center square and decorated horse drawn buggies can be hired for travel around the area.

 

Nicaragua Tourism Launches Fall Travel Sale – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

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Published on: 2012/09/09

From: Nicaragua Tourism Launches Fall Travel Sale – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports.

 

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In 2012 Nicaragua has become Central America‘s hot new tourist destination, with visitors from the U.S. and Canada growing by double digits. To celebrate, the Nicaragua Tourism Board launches its first Fall Travel Sale. From September 1 until December 15, 2012, travelers enjoy savings on tours and hotel packages that explore the nature, culture and adventure opportunities in Nicaragua – some with airfare included.  To book:  http://visitnicaragua.us/travel-specials/

Nicaragua Offers Many Choices for your Sportfishing Adventures!

Sport Fishing | Nicaragua | ViaNica.com.

Nicaragua is the largest country of Central America. It borders Honduras in the north and Costa Rica in the south and it houses two big lakes: Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua is the biggest lake of Central America and has the only fresh-water sharks in the world!

 

Explore the many locations of Nicaragua where you can enjoy sportfishing, SCUBA and many other boating activities.  This site highlights various regions for you to consider,  the description of the region, what type of game fish you will find, tours, charters as well as prices.

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