— mike (@el_porton_verde) October 11, 2015
Tourism must diversify
INTUR presents a proposal to the government
This morning, the president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Medium and Small Enterprises Tourism (Cantur), Leonardo Torres, will present a strategic proposal that contributes to the diversification of tourist circuits and helps increase the average daily expenditure of foreign visitors.
The initiative aims to be harvest sustainably productive farms in the country and thus push community tourism and agro-tourism.
“This is to exploit all available resources in the country, which are not only the beach but also the mountains, volcanoes, lagoons, colonial history and styles of some of the cities,” said Torres.
Currently the Nicaraguan Tourism Board (Intur) together with employers promote the routes of Coffee, Water, Colonial and Volcanoes, Haciendas and the South Pacific. But according to Cantur, this new initiative is expected to further exploit the attractions.
At the close of 2014t Intur reported 8,693 companies in the country that provide different tourist services, of which 59.9 percent were for local food and beverages, 17.8 percent to lodging and 22.3 percent to other tourist activities such as: night clubs, discos, travel agencies, businesses, land and water transportation, among others.
They aspire to US $ 75 DAILY
One of the expectations that is not lost on Cantur is that the average foreign tourist spending will rise to between 70 and 75 dollars a day and it considered two aspects: “First diversify the options and (second) provide overall complete tourist packages. Do this without neglecting the Central American visitors. Then, look a little closer at the foreigners who come from North America and Europe, who are the biggest spenders during their stay in the country.”
Intur published data by the Central Bank of Nicaragua and updated until the fourth quarter of 2014 which placed the average daily spending at $ 43.40 for foreigners, and to reach the seventies, a further growth of fifty percent would be required.
Torres is aiming the proposal primarily at the executive president of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), Mayra Salinas, and presidential adviser for economic affairs, Bayardo Arce. The presentation will be heldduring the implementation of the National Tourism Forum 2015 for MSMEs, which is to be held today at the Holiday Inn.
The department of Managua has the largest number of tourist establishments and contributes 30.7 per cent of total economic activity according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism. Secondly the Autonomous Regions of the North Caribbean and South Caribbean have a stake of 9.1 percent and Leon with 6.8 percent of the total.
This is the latest scheme by CANTUR, which is basically the chamber of commerce for the tourism industry here in Nicaragua, to propose to INTUR, which is the Nicaraguan Tourism Board. As one reads the story, it appears to be aimed at bringing in more eco-tourism and agro-tourism in Nicaragua, which of course from our perspective at the Farmstay, this is all good as that’s what we are!
This happened today 17 July, 2015, so the results are not exactly in yet, but I would be surprised if INTUR really supports something like this because they appear to myself and many other small lodging operations that they don’t particularly do much for the little guy who actually has or had some capital, developed or is developing a small hotel or b and b at present.
Of course that would be great if they could get it together a little bit more to somehow get farms in pretty locations of Nicaragua to start learning about customer service, maintenance and cleaning of facilities, marketing, sales, planning, etc. but I can say that it appears to me to be a huge challenge.
If CANTUR/INTUR can put together or partner with an existing simple reservation system with a website featuring a searchable database of properties, a way to rate the properties, view calendars, make reservations, and pay for your stay electronically, then we’d be talking. Lacking that, this proposal will go into the dustbin along with several other equally needed initiatives that never got off the ground.
Farmstay B&B in Managua
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We stayed at El Porton Verde for more than a week. Mike and the rest of his family were the best hosts that anyone can imagine. They were very helpful in every way. For instance they went with us to the police station (we had been robbed before we went to El Porton Verde) and helped us with translation, they let us use their private computer for hours and hours, they made us delicious food, they gave us good tips on what to do in the Managua area, they drove us to the bus station, etc.. The place in itself is beautiful and peaceful, with fruit trees and pool. It is a perfect amount of guests there, so that you can have nice conversations with Mike and his family as well as the other guests, but it’s totally silent during the night. In addition to all this, the rooms are very nice and the wifi is stable and strong. Mike also gave us a better deal since we stayed there so long. This was the best place we’ve ever stayed!
Stayed January 2015, traveled with friends
Well, another great review in the books! We had a long-term guest named Jeff who was doing some work in teaching here in Nicaragua during the weekdays. On the weekends he went to various locales to check out the sites. One weekend he went to Ometepe and met this couple from Norway who are students in the USA. Well, he passed them our information and recommended them to stay with us when in Managua.
Unfortunately for them, they booked a cheap hostel in the downtown Managua area instead of making a reservation with us at the Farmstay. When arriving on the last bus from Leon, they decided to walk the few blocks to their hostel instead of hiring a taxi for a couple of dollars to take them there safely.
Since it was nighttime and they were not paying very much attention to their surroundings, a motorcycle came up to them and grabbed her purse which unfortunately held their passports and student visas. No one was hurt, thank goodness, but I’m sure it was scary for these two young people.
We got the call then, since they literally had no one else on whom they could rely upon to help them in their situation. The couple ended up having to stay with us for about one week to get their emergency passports and visas arranged. We even went to the police station with them so that they could make a statement and report the crime, helping translate and to ensure that the police did their part of the job.
Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B&B
Your Farmstay Alternative to the Managua, Nicaragua chain hotels.
- If you like it tranquil, with a great view, a lovely pool, and some local farm walks quite nearby, you will like our location.
- If you like to stay at a place a step above the typical hostel or hospedaje, but still want a great price/quality ratio, you will enjoy our comfortable beds, thick towels, soft sheets, and clean rooms.
- If personalized attention, real conversation with a seasoned expat, and always someone being there to tend to your needs, the Farmstay will be a good fit for you.
Along with the above is the general thought of your having come all the way to Nicaragua, why on earth would you stay in a generic chain hotel when you can have a real Nicaraguan ambience on your first or last night in-country?
Looking for a friendly face and a tranquil and cool place to stay that first or last night in Nicaragua?
Due to airline schedules and travel times, many visitors to Nicaragua arrive late at night or depart very early in the morning. For some, that means staying overnight in the Managua area.
Your host Mike welcomes you with personalized service and attention to detail that the most discerning travelers can appreciate. We hope to help you have a relaxing stay here in Nicaragua from the moment you leave the customs area at MGA airport to the moment you pass through security on your way back home. For those first-time visitors, here is a link to my blog about What’s the drill? What to expect when arriving at MGA Managua’s Augusto Sandino International Airport
We work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua, overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua. We enjoy the views, peace and tranquility here so much, we decided to share it with a select group of travelers…if are you one of those who want a unique Nicaraguan vibe from your first to your last night in-country, then we are the right place for you!
You will not be ‘roughing it’ at El Porton Verde, far from it, as the property has excellent amenities usually found in four star hotels such as custom-made furniture, quality beds, bedding and towels. We also have a swimming pool, free high speed WiFi, and delicious Nicaraguan breakfasts that typically include ingredients grown and raised here on the farm.
We give you the “soft landing” treatment from the moment you pass through Customs at the airport until you go home. We also provide local half-day and full-day tours of our local area such as Volcano Masaya, the Masaya Artisan’s Market, the Pueblos Blancos, Granada, etc.
If you would like a little slice of Paradise, Nicaragua-style, we welcome you to stay with your host Mike. Check in 2pm. Check out 12noon. Only cash on arrival. We accept PayPal and are listed on air bnb. Cancellation policy 48 hours. Breakfast is included.
We have lodging for groups of up to 14.
What is a Farmstay?
A quick guide to cheap and unique overnight accommodations
Phong Nha Farmstay, Vietnam
A farmstay is a form of agritourism in which a traveler visits a working farm and either helps with chores, pays or does both in exchange for an overnight stay.
The farmstay experience varies greatly and many travel guides warn that they aren’t for everyone, but a common theme is the genuine rural experience that travelers can’t find in a chain hotel. There are Farmstays all over the world; the arrangement has been prevalent in Europe and Australia for a while and is now beginning to see popularity in the U.S.
Great article Ms. Gertstacker! Thanks for the effort on educating travelers about farmstays. I agree that they aren’t for everyone, but they do offer some very much more in-depth and personalized experiences then more traditional chain hotels or even boutique lodging options.
Not sure if anyone is willing to comment, but I have always wondered why farmstays seem to be more popular in the old Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK?
Farmstays sure are not very well known in Nicaragua, where El Porton Verde is located, but it made so much sense to put the word in our name since it is a stay on a farm. It succinctly gives a pretty good idea to the traveler what they can expect.