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Confidential – Construct Hyatt Hotel in Managua

Confidential – Construct Hyatt Hotel in Managua.

The consortium plans to build Latam Hotel Corporation fifteen Hyatt hotels in Mesoamerica, one of which will be located in Managua, opposite the ‘living area’ Galleries shopping center, told Confidential Javier Navarro, Executive Director.

The property to be built in Nicaragua, at a cost of nearly $ 15 million, will feature 140 rooms, a coffee & wine bar, rooms medium sized businesses (50 to 70 square meters, all of those great meeting rooms), and will be designed to integrate with the aforementioned ‘living area’, which will be expanded to correspond to this new reality.

The rooms, according to Navarro, will be “well designed, with plenty of work included, designed for business professionals to meet their obligations, but also, they can take their families on vacation to the hotel, if necessary.”

The pool and gym will have local, but not restaurant. No reception.

“When the guest arrives at the hotel, you will find an executive who will receive iPad in hand to make the reservation and assign your room. This hotel does not have marble and gold, but it is very functional, “explained Navarro.

Construction work should begin in the first quarter of 2013 and begin operating about six months later. For now, they are adapting existing plans to the reality of Managua and terrain in particular, while managing the environmental permit (MARENA), then move on to apply for building permits as mayor of Managua.

The new Hyatt employ about 70 people, and will need to show an occupancy rate of 70% to maintain financial balance.

Navarro said the hotel will have a pre-opening process, which is used to qualify the staff, which will most likely choose from among the graduates of schools of tourism in the country.

15 hotels

Behind the initiative to build hotels throughout the region, there are capitals of three countries: Guatemala’s Fernando Paiz, former owner of the supermarket chain of the same name in that country; ColConcreto and GHL, both of Colombia, and a Mexican businessman whose name was withheld by the CEO of Latam.

With local 485 in 45 countries worldwide, Hyatt is considered the tenth hotel company, but that number will grow over the decade, with plans to build 15 Latam, of which there will be one in Guatemala, one in El Salvador and one in Nicaragua, and two in Honduras, to add 680 rooms at a cost of nearly $ 100 million.

There are also plans to build 10 additional locations in the south of Mexico, which could add another in Belize, in addition to the two other entrepreneurs build in Costa Rica and Panama.

During the first phase of local existence, Hyatt Managua will be operated by the company, which will provide not only their experience in managing hotels, but also global reservations system, which allows selling rooms from many parts of the world without to do to achieve specific advertising campaigns.

At a later stage, the associate GHL, which is actually a hotel management company, will take over the operation of the facility, which will operate as a franchise, which means constant supervision and control of the Hyatt chain, for ensure compliance with the quality standards for which it is recognized globally.

We’ve heard of this before, but looks like they have the financing and dates lined up. Interesting also that this shows how the center of Managua is moving up Carretera a Masaya as this new hotel for business people will be built at the Galerias Santo Domingo mall which is located at km 8 of the highway to Masaya.

Also interesting is where they say that check-in at the hotel will be handled via an employee using an iPad! Also, no on-site restaurant will be built. I guess that is okay as Galerias has restaurants but it seems that they should at least have something on offer for breakfast, no?

Discovering Nicaragua, Corn Island Part 2 | TACA Regional | The best things to do, tips and places for your next travel to Central America

If you plan to visit Nicaragua on your next vacation, you share the second part of an excellent article in Explore Magazine of Taca Airlines, on Corn Islands. This is a unique destination in Nicaragua, for its pristine beaches with turquoise waters, with beautiful places to visit and spend a great vacation.

Accommodations

Many hotels on the islands are lodgings for backpackers with very rustic conditions. The best alternative in Little Corn is Casa Iguana, whose prices range from $ 55 to $ 95 for a simple cabin on a bluff on the south side of the island. No doubt that is the nicest hotel in any of the Corn Islands, with great views, great places for snorkeling and beautiful beaches ( casaiguana.net ). In Big Corn are two good options: Canada House, located in the charming community of South End, which has nice rooms for $ 120, pool and beautiful landscapes, but settled on a rocky coast almost without sand ( home-canada.com ). Arenas Beach has attractive bungalows and a two-story hotel, excellent food and is located in Picnic Center, the best swimming beach on both islands. Prices: $ 85-115 ( arenasbeachhotel.com ).

Flickr photo vía dane brian
Transportation

Nicaraguan La Costeña The airline has two daily flights from Managua to Big Corn Island, stopping to load passengers in Bluefields, lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes and cost $ 170 round trip ( lacostena.com.ni ). Already in Big Corn taxis are very common and they charge 75 cents ($ 1 after 8 pm), per person, per trip to anywhere on the island. The boats going between Big Corn and Little Corn depart twice daily, are $ 7 per person (one way), embark on a first come and the journey is drier and less abrupt if you sit in the back. On the way to Little Corn is carried foot or rented boat. Both islands have hire pangas to go diving or visiting the other island, the normal rates are $ 150-200 per day, panga.

via Descubriendo Nicaragua, Corn Island Parte 2 | TACA Regional | The best things to do, tips and places for your next travel to Central America.

Click here for Discovering Nicaragua, Corn Island part 1 in the original Spanish.

Nicaragua plans to close 2012 with more than a million tourists – Tourism News – arecoa.com

Nicaragua plans to close 2012 with more than a million tourists

Nicaragua grew by 11.5 percent in tourist arrivals during the first eight months of 2012 and expects this year to more than a million , sector assessments indicate.

As confirmed by the vice president of the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute ( Intur ), Mayra Salinas , from January to August entered the country 790 000 464 visitors to an increase of 11.5 percentage points compared with the same period of 2011.

With these projections, the Intur held tomorrow the World Tourism Day in the southern town of San Carlos, in the department of Rio San Juan, where there are important natural attractions, including biosphere reserves.

Under the international theme of ” Tourism and Sustainable Energy “, the morning Intur develop various activities to promote the call offers industry without chimneys, said the official, who appreciated the national potential by promoting renewable energy sources.

From January to July of 2012, the industry provided revenues of about $ 256 million , to position itself as one of the branches with sustained progress and growth prospects, he said.

For 2013 , Salinas said, the figure is expected to exceed one million tourists and 200 000 entries to reach $ 500 million .

via Nicaragua plans to close 2012 with more than a million tourists – Tourism News – arecoa.com.

Nicaragua – Save on flight deals on Expedia.com

Nicaragua – Save on flight deals on Expedia.com.
Expedia Travel Specials to Nicaragua

Nicaragua:Fall Sale for a Hot Travel Destination

Save up to33%on Flight & Hotel Packages

Now is the perfect time to visit Nicaragua, the “Land of Lakes & Volcanoes,” where you will find memorable experiences amidst pristine natural rainforests, exquisite beaches, and fascinating culture and history. Nicaragua is just a two- to three-hour flight from the U.S. and this fall season you can take advantage of a wide range of discounted hotel rates and packages, as well as special airfares.

In Nicaragua, you will see historic Spanish Colonial architecture, dramatic volcanoes, spectacular beaches, and the largest unspoiled rainforest north of the Amazon. You will enjoy world-class surfing, bill fishing, kayaking, zip-lining, hiking—even sand boarding down a volcano. Or you can just relax on a beach, listening to the monkeys and birds in the nearby forest. Whether you choose a boutique hotel, eco-lodge, or beach resort, you’ll enjoy your stay in Nicaragua. It’s a country that is “unica y original” — and unforgettable.

The Nicaraguan tourism ministry, INTUR is working with TACA Airlines to do a promotion on flight and hotel packages to visit Nicaragua.

I priced out a couple of these deals; one from Houston and another from Los Angeles. For the same dates at the same Managua hotel (Hotel Contempo), it turns out Houston was $941 and Los Angeles was $731. How is it that an extra 3.5 hour flight is over two hundred dollars less, I don’t know.

I was also glad to see that they offer a few ecologically-friendly options,

 

Guerreros to defend C.A. title this weekend

Guerreros to defend C.A. title this weekend.

The Guerreros de Nicaragua, an American football club, will be hosting the “Four Nations Football Tournament” this coming weekend at Managua’s Cranshaw Stadium, next to Denis Martinez baseball stadium.

The local American style football club is hosting a big tournament this weekend. So if you relocate to Nicaragua you can probably still see some pretty good live football and cheer on your favorite team!

Price is right too at 20 cordobas for admission!

 

golocalnicaragua | Wix.com

golocalnicaragua | Wix.com.

DAY TRIPS >>

Day trips are design for those tourist that want to enjoy our beautiful country step by step, Day by day, all of this day trips are accompanied with our local tour guides which are going to show you in a Local way the different destinations. In all of this day trips you will witness why Nicaragua is bless with beautiful landscapes colorful flora and exotic wildlife, Come and join us to Rediscover our land of lakes and volcanoes.

Here we leave you an idea of popular destinations in Nicaragua and if you want to go further we customize your trip.

Just passing this along, a locally owned and operated tour company. Probably lower cost but with very knowledgeable guides.