Nicaragua eNewsletter March 2012
     
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Nicaragua is becoming the next big "hot-spot" as tourism numbers continue to increase for 2012. Entice your clients with an exotic getaway to experience what everyone is talking about: Nicaragua's natural beauty, breathtaking culture and unforgettable outdoor adventures. With a huge marketing campaign underway, a new domestic airport opening and the media gushing about the country, Nicaragua is the perfect solution for an extraordinary vacation.

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Skydivers Boogie in Nicaragua

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Between March 2 and March 12, hundreds of bodies fell from the sky - literally! - onto the beach at Barcelo Montelimar. But no one got hurt. The "bodies" were skydivers, 205 of them from 13 different countries, who took part in Nicaragua's first skydiving event, called a "Boogie."

Organized by Rich Grimm, a former fireman and professional skydiver who owns California-based "Tsunami Skydivers, "SkyDive Nicaragua" took nearly a year to plan. "We did boogies in Belize for a number of years and we needed a new venue," said Grimm. "We looked for a country that offered not only a great place to jump, but also adventure!"

The skydivers who descended on Nicaragua had adventures beyond the confines of Barcelo Montelimar, where the 10-day event was based. Jumpers toured the Spanish Colonial city of Granada and Masaya Volcano. Some traveled as far as the Corn Islands for Scuba diving, and down to San Juan del Sur for surfing. Others rented ATVs for touring and went horseback riding. Two groups of jumpers traveled to Cerro Negro Volcano to try Nicaragua's unique adventure sport - sand boarding. "One of our jumpers hit 77 kph coming down the black sands of Cerro Negro," said Grimm. "He beat the record!"

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During their 10 days in Nicaragua, the skydivers completed around 600 jumps, including two demo jumps. The crowds of Nicaraguans who came to watch were thrilled. In fact, to make the "Skydive Boogie" possible, the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR) had sponsored the fuel for the jump plane. "The Nicaraguan government gave us great support," said Grimm. "Not just the fuel, but banners all over Managua and firemen and guys from INAC, the Nicaraguan aeronautic department, who made sure everything went safely."

Unexpected high winds meant that jumping was called off for several days, but the skydivers stayed busy. "As skydivers, we are used to having events slowed by weather, so our 'pool parties' became legendary," said Grimm. "We even had one jumper propose on the beach to his girlfriend, and she said yes!"

During their stay in Nicaragua, the skydivers pumped an estimated $350,000 into the local economy. They also donated hundreds of dollars worth of supplies to the local school. "We were glad to help out," said Grimm. "We found the Nicaraguan people so friendly and warm - they're awesome!"

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Nicaraguan Tourism Board Kicks Off $3 Million Marketing Campaign

Nicaragua spacer Nicaragua attracted more than 1 million tourists in 2011, about a 2.8% jump over the previous year. Seeking to draw more visitors from the US in 2012 and beyond, the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute has kicked off a $3 million marketing campaign. The campaign by the governmental tourism body, INTUR, includes revamping Nicaragua Tourism's U.S. website, and running digital ads on ShermansTravel, TripAdvisor and on NYTimes.com. These digital ads implore, "Visit the land of lakes and volcanoes... Experience Nicaragua... Discover Nicaragua for just $759." The recently redesigned website not only features travel and hotel packages, but will also includes a beneficial hotel booking engine, powered by Regatta Travel Solutions, which is slated to go live at the beginning of April.

Ashwin Kamlani, president of Regatta Travel Solutions, said, "Nicaragua has experienced a healthy growth in US travelers and the timing is perfect to use the Internet to foster that growth. We look forward to working with INTUR and making it a huge success."

"This is a long-awaited leap forward for our tourism industry," said Mario Salinas, Nicaragua's Minister of Tourism. "With their bi-lingual team, the simplicity of their backend systems, and their hotel friendly approach, Regatta was the perfect choice for this project."

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TripAdvisor Tags San Juan del Sur as a "Top 10 Best Beach Destination"

Top 10 Beaches spacer Are your clients yearning for the perfect beach getaway? San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua's most popular beach town, was just chosen as a "Top 10 Best Beach Destination in Central America" by the readers of TripAdvisor.com. Located on a perfect crescent-shaped bay on Nicaragua's southwest Pacific coast, San Juan del Sur is renowned for its beach-side cafes and bars, lodgings ranging from budget to luxury and proximity to the best surfing beaches in the country. Its laid-back charm entices everyone from backpackers to the yachting set. With warm temperatures and "wow" sunsets year round, San Juan del Sur is a "must" stop for visitors traveling in Nicaragua and an obvious choice for this top 10 and your clients.

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New Domestic Airport in Greytown Opens Way to the "Amazon of Central America"

Airlines spacer On March 29, 2012, an airport will open in Greytown, Nicaragua. The new airport will make traveling easier for tourists looking to enjoy an adventure on the "Amazon of Central America." Located on the southeastern coast of the country, where the Rio San Juan flows into the Caribbean Sea, Greytown is the gateway the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, a rainforest that's 4,500 square kilometers in size. Indio Maíz is so rich in biodiversity, it holds a higher number in species of trees, birds and insects than all of Europe! It is home to more than 400 species of birds, 200 species of reptiles and 4 species of wild cats, including jaguars and pumas. Other mammals include armadillos, sloths and several different species of monkey. The world's only freshwater shark is present in the San Juan River, which borders the reserve. This area is also home to the indigenous Rama people, who speak an English that was heavily influenced by the British in the 1800s. Thanks to the opening of the Greytown Airport, your clients traveling to Nicaragua will be able to explore this area, enjoying eco-touring, kayaking, fishing and exploring the historic ruins of Old Greytown.

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Nicaragua Tourism Teams Up with Facebook

Facebook spacer To celebrate the April 9 launch of its new Facebook page, Nicaragua Tourism will launch a contest with Facebook in which three lucky winners will each win a trip for two to Nicaragua! Visitors who go to http://www.facebook.com/SeeYouInNicaragua will be able to enter to win one of three amazing trips to Nicaragua to experience all the unspoiled nature, beauty, culture, adventure and fun that the country offers. Don't forget to "Like Us" and share with your clients!

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The Nicaraguan Tourism Board
Hotel Crowne Plaza, 1c Sur, 1c. Oeste. Managua, Nicaragua. Aptdo. Postal No. 5088
Pbx: (505) 2254-5191 / Fax: (505)2222-6610
www.nicaraguatourism.us