Pleasant Holidays Expands Presence in Nicaragua Vacation Packages | David Cogswell | August 18, 2015
Pleasant Holidays continues to expand its Central American presence with the addition of five resorts in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is still relatively new on the tourism market, but Pleasant is signaling that it will be expanding there as part of its push southward in Central America. “The largest country in Central America yet a relatively unknown and exotic vacation haven, Nicaragua offers charming colonial cities, tranquil beaches, majestic volcanoes, expansive lakes, tropical jungles, exotic wildlife and fascinating eco-tourism adventures,” said Jack E. Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays. The additions include Barceló Managua in Managua; Hotel Dario in the colonial city of Granada; Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Granada Isletas on Lake Nicaragua; and three resorts on the Emerald Coast, including Aqua Wellness Resort, Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge and Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa Resort. The offering covers a range of styles of hotel, from luxury resorts to boutique properties for honeymoons to eco-lodges. The company is launching the new series of resorts in Nicaragua with a $100 savings per booking for all Nicaragua resorts. The discount is valid on new bookings of air-inclusive packages of three nights or more booked by Sept. 13 for travel through July 16, 2016. Travel agents can book on Pleasant Holidays exclusive travel agent site.
Another data point for those following developments in the Nicaraguan tourism sector. This short press release discusses some additional tour options offered by well-known tour operator Pleasant Holidays. I take this as an indicator of Nicaragua becoming a more mainstream travel option for those looking for packaged deals instead of independent travel.
This offering means that any travel agent can book a nice (albeit more expensive) guided tour of Nicaragua without having any specialized knowledge or experience traveling here, thereby bringing a whole new type of traveler to this country. Your thoughts and comments appreciated!