Panama: Plan to Reactivate Tourism and is Nicaragua safe for tourists?
Updated: Nov 10
The most beautiful places in Central America are full of gorgeous natural landscapes, cultural activities, and delicious food. Remember that if a country required travelers to have a valid tourist visa before the COVID-19 pandemic, that rule still applies. The COVID crisis has led to a collapse in international travel. According to the World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals declined globally by 73 percent in 2020, with 1 billion fewer travelers compared to 2019, putting in jeopardy between 100 and 120 million direct tourism jobs.
The Cabinet Council approved several impact measures for the reactivation of the tourism sector and the economy, including the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism 2020-2025.
The Cabinet Council, in a face-to-face session held at the Panama Convention Center, in Amador, approved several impact measures for the reactivation of the tourism industry and the economy, including the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism 2020-2025 (PMTS), as well as B/.20 million for the construction of the Cruise Port in Amador and the delivery of the order to proceed for the study, design, construction, and financing for the interconnection of the Cinta Costera 3 with the Amador Causeway, for B/.46,041,191.00
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COVID-19 risk in Nicaragua is high. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services & CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Nicaragua. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Nicaragua.
If you get sick in Nicaragua and need medical care, resources may be limited. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.
The political crisis that has been going on for more than a year has led wholesale travel agencies to remove the country from their portfolio of tourist destinations because of insecurity.
Claudia Aguirre, president of the Nicaraguan Association of Receptive Tourism (Antur), explained to Elnuevodiario.com.ni that "... 2019 is proving to be a difficult year, as the crisis that began in April last year is impacting current activities and the outlook is bleak for the coming months." Aguirre added that "... the country's tour operators are severely affected, to the extent that they operate with the minimum of staff and since last year the wholesale travel agencies have been removing Nicaragua from their portfolio of destinations, because of the insecurity that exists in the country.”
Regarding the expectations for the future, businessmen in the sector hope that for the 2020 seasons, wholesale companies will value the reincorporation of Nicaragua in the travel catalogs.
According to "TripAdvisor" Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in Central America. While the statistics of crimes in Latin America the statistics are a little bit high, Nicaragua is second in the worldwide ranking behind Southern Africa. Many of the neighboring countries of Nicaragua in Central America are with an index of very high crime, Nicaragua reports only 14 crimes for every 100,000 inhabitants. Countries like El Salvador with 71 in 100,000, Honduras with 67 in 100,000, Guatemala with 52 in 100,000, Panama with 24 in 100,000, Belize with 29 in 100.000, Only Costa Rica is a bit lower than Nicaragua 13 crimes for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Another fact that confirms the drama that lives tourism companies is revealed in the sixth report of Monitoring of Economic Activities of Nicaragua, which details that for the quarter from May to July this year the tour operators of the country expect a 95% decrease in sales.