Airbnb sees opportunity to promote another type of tourism in Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

Approximately 50% of tourists coming to Nicaragua through the Airbnb application are looking to stay in shared spaces, said Carlos Muñoz, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Airbnb for Central America and the Caribbean.

That means, according to Muñoz, that this type of tourist shares the lodging with another person who lives in the house, which in his opinion “creates an immense possibility of a very strong and rich cultural exchange, which promotes the possibility of that person wanting to return to Nicaragua.”

According to the official of Airbnb, the tourist agencies could take advantage of that characteristic to attract more tourists to the country.

“Normally in the region where I work, the Caribbean and Central America, 70% of tourists rent a whole house, that is, do not cohabit with a family or another person. They rent the whole house to go and spend with the family, “he said.

“In Nicaragua I see it as a great opportunity to develop this type of tourism that I mentioned, which is a tourism with a very cultural experience, well personalized, that differentiates this country from others in the region. And it should be noted that many of the tourists who come to Nicaragua are looking for this type of experience and it is an experience that is not achieved in the traditional tourism market,” he said.

“Collaborative Economy”

Airbnb, the world’s premier hosting business that has no place physically speaking, emerged in 2008 in San Francisco, United States, as an idea of ​​two young college students.

According to Carlos Muñoz, the application has more than two million properties registered, in more than 34,000 cities in 191 countries. It is a company valued at US $ 30 billion.

In Nicaragua there are over 1,000 properties active on Airbnb.

Currently Nicaraguan lodgings registered in Airbnb are concentrated in the Pacific of the country. “There are a lot of holiday homes, beach houses, but at the same time there are houses in Managua, in the mountains and some other offer on the Caribbean coast,” said Carlos Muñoz.

For Muñoz, it is difficult to predict the growth that the use of the Airbnb system of business in Nicaragua could have during the next years.

“Airbnb is an open platform. It is not that we buy hotels or buy properties and that way we can predict what supply we can have in the country. It is an open platform and everything depends on the free market, and how many people want to enter,” said Muñoz.

Airbnb’s Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Central America and the Caribbean participated in the Nica Tech Summit 2017, held last Saturday in Managua, and said that they are starting to socialize a little about what is the “Collaborative economy” and publicize the Airbnb platform, so that more people can participate and enjoy the benefits of the tourism sector.

Democratize tourism

“We see this platform as a way to democratize what tourism is, because it allows people who have traditionally not been able to participate to participate and receive benefits from that sector,” said the manager of Public Policy and Government Relations of Airbnb for Central America and Caribbean.

Muñoz pointed out that one of the characteristics of the “collaborative economy” is that it does not require a big investment.

In the case of Airbnb the idea is that a person who has a property, whether a whole house or a single vacated room, can enable and offer it through that application to more than 100 million users worldwide, and so generate income for the family.

Source: Airbnb ve oportunidad para promover otro tipo de turismo en Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

As part of the recently held Nica Tech Summit 2017 (21 January in Managua), the person who heads up Airbnb’s efforts in Central America spoke and had some interesting things to say, namely that more people using Airbnb to book their lodging in Nicaragua look for shared spaces, i.e. not a whole house but a room or two in a house with other occupants, be they Nicaraguan or foreigners.

The point Mr. Muñoz is making is that this is a higher percentage than other countries in the region and that it is a good thing because this means that, especially for first-time visitors to Nicaragua, they can get a more locals perspective and experience than they would if they didn’t interact with actual Nicaraguans or expats at their rental properties.

Here at El Porton Verde, we certainly believe that, especially for your first and/or last night in Nicaragua, it’s good to get a very comfortable experience and one that is much more personalized than one that you might get just staying at a regular hotel or hostel.

When you are living with a family you get to eat the food they eat, listen and learn about what their lives are all about, and have a chance to ask questions as a visitor that just doesn’t happen in a more corporate or chain hotel type of situation.

As I’ve posted before, I think it’s completely legit to ask the first-time visitor, “why stay at a chain hotel when you can stay with us?” Not only does the visitor get more value for their dollar, yen, euro, pound, etc. you get the experience that totally supersedes having a room at a chain hotel that is pretty much like any other hotel room in that chain. I mean, a Holiday Inn is a Holiday Inn, amiright? 🙂

Another benefit of staying with a place like El Portón Verde is that you get to ask about things like relocation, medical tourism, local tours, beach house rentals, rental car tips, driving tips, and a bunch of other topics that you won’t get any exposure to in a more traditional lodging option like a big hotel chain.

If this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will? If you have a question about the value proposition that places like El Portón Verde offers, please comment below!

Bang! Mic drop…another five-star review!

Folks looking to relocate to Nicaragua enjoy a great start to their adventures with a Farmstay!

Yes, we give thanks for our fabulous visitors!

Yes, we give thanks for our fabulous visitors!

Man, it’s gonna be tough to not get a big head with our recent visitors providing us with such lovely reviews like this one from Jeff, a recent visitor from Arizona that came to us via Airbnb. He and his wife Karla and their cute puppy came in using the VIP Service at the airport, so a “soft landing” was almost guaranteed! Turns out they are relocating to Nicaragua and will likely be neighbors of mine at a beach property down in Playa Guasacate, Tola, Rivas so we expect to see much more of them in the near future! Thank you for the five-star review, we appreciate it.

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Airbnb Review – Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Great retreat location, outside the madness of Managua. Gorgeous views of the countryside and the volcanoes at Masaya. Immaculate pool and a warm and inviting “Nicaraguan-family” feel. Super-flexible host in Mike (patient to a “T” with our transportation needs!), great “Nica” breakfast and warmly attentive hostesses in his wife and Samantha. Eager to please and make us feel at home.

via Profile – Airbnb.

Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua

Farmstay B&B in Managua

About This Listing

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a fresh alternative to the chain and airport area hotels of Managua. If you would prefer to stay in a natural and cool setting, yet be only ten minutes from the best of the capital city, please inquire further!

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This is in front of the apartment. Swimming pool and volcano views!

This is in front of the apartment. Swimming pool and volcano views!

The Space

Bed type: Real Bed
Property type: Apartment
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Amenities

Prices
Weekly Price: $366 /week
Monthly Price: $933 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Description

House Rules

Availability

1 night minimum stay

 

Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua.

Guest Reviews – Sushil from Canada (Airbnb)

Sushil

As soon as I landed Mike picked me up from the airport and drove me to his guesthouse. Staying at the guesthouse/farm for seven days was a marvelous and relaxing experience. Mike and the family are very friendly and served fresh food daily ( breakfast complimentary). The location is close to Granada as well as Managua city (just a half hour from the airport). One day I tagged along with mike for a tour of Managua with another tourist family. It was fun and enjoyable. Mike gave ample information of how to get around, with good advice for local tourist spots such as Laguna Del Apoyo, which I took a short 25 min bus ride to for a couple of days. All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first time in Nicaragua, I will surely return to the Mike’s Finca

 

January 2015

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Thank you Sushil from Canada for the nice review. We love getting guest reviews and like to feature the good ones. But they’re all good aren’t they? (Click through to find out!)

We had a lot of fun with Sushil during his week with us and we hope he comes back to visit us again soon!

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Farmstay El Porton Verde Reviews – Airbnb, Anthony

Anthony

We arrived at the airport in Managua on a late flight and Mike was there to collect us, which was great having coming off a long haul flight. He drove us to his beautiful finca. We found in the morning that the views over the neighbouring hills were stunning, and Mike’s wife and sister in law cooked us traditional Nica food – which happened to be the best traditional food we ended up having on our travels in Nicaragua – including “Nacatamales” on Sunday, which were amazing! As well as being introduced to the family and pet dogs we also had a tour of the farm. Mike also took us for a tour of the Masaya volcano and helped us get a local bus to our next destination. He would have been happy to drive us but we fancied having a go on the local buses – which we were cheap and safe. All in all, very pleased with our experience. Thanks Mike.

Ensuite Queen Tranquil Farmstay B&B

November 2014

via Mike’s Profile – Airbnb.

Ensuite Queen Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua

Fun couple!

Fun couple! Hayley & Anthony

 

My husband and I ended our 6 day adventure in Nica at Mike’s El Porton Verde and are so happy we did! It was a perfect ending, coming off an amazing stay in SJDS 4 nights prior to coming to Managua.

Upon arrival, we were promptly greeted by Samantha and offered water or fresh juice. Such a refreshing way to start our stay and we felt right at home. Our room wasn’t ready (only because we ended up getting there 1+ before we said we would) but changed into our bathing suits and spent the next few hours enjoying the view and the pool, surrounded by good company. We were again offered a bowl of fresh fruit which was a delicious snack to hold us over until dinner.

Our dinner was prepared from scratch by Samantha and we devoured the baked chicken, rice and salad. We enjoyed all of the guests that night and had great dinner conversation about our travels and life experiences.

The room was just what we needed. Average size room, nothing over the top and just perfect for our last night in Nica. The shower pressure was good, the bed was comfortable and we got a great night’s sleep. Just what we were looking for!

The farm provides some space to wander around and enjoy the city without feeling like you’re even in Managua. Fresh fruit all around, rustling banana leaves and plenty of chickens to keep you company as you wander thru the property.

By now, you can probably tell that we highly recommend staying at El Porton Verde with Mike as your host. Great guy, super friendly, clean rooms, awesome view of the volcano, nice and clean pool, and on and on. Mike even took us to the airport at 6am and that was a huge bonus in terms of having piece of mind that we were taken care of there. We will definitely be back, sooner than later, and can’t thank Mike enough for making our short but sweet stay at El Porton Verde such a memorable one!!

via Ensuite Queen Tranquil Farmstay B&B in Managua.

Thank you for the great review on Air BnB from Hayley and Anthony! I love love love getting good reviews from our guests so a big yaay to you guys for the kind words. I can’t wait until you come back again to Nicaragua. Lots more to see and do!

updated: our airbnb postings with new photos!

Added some photos of the swimming pool

I realized somewhat belatedly that our fabulous swimming pool at Farmstay El Porton Verde was not included in the listings we have on airbnb.com

A real “duuuuuude” what are you thinking moment! I also realized that airbnb has a service where a professional photographer comes out and takes excellent photos of your place for FREE and then they are airbnb certified (i.e. we’re not just making this all up folks!) so long story long…this guy William is coming in a couple of weeks to take the sweet photos that will help us in marketing the properties to prospective vacationers, relocators, adventurers, surfers, etc. who might like to have a luxury stay at a very lovely farm close to all the important places in Managua but not in the city center with all that goes on down there!

If you’re still with me (hey, THANK YOU by the way!) here are the links to the three separate offerings we have listed on airbnb.com  You can book directly on the site!

One Bedroom Apartment that sleeps two

Bunk Bed Rooms that sleep up to four

Wheelchair-accessible en-suite room that sleeps two