Nicaragua- The New Place to Meet?
By: Gail Geerling
Well, it’s official. Last Saturday, March 18th, MSNBC reported that recent US restrictions on entry into the country has impacted business and recreational travel in a big way.
Mike McCormick, Executive Director of the Global Business Travel Association, commented that travel to the US has gone down 6.5% since the travel ban was implemented, and that it has created some uncertainty in international travel circles. He cites “perception” as the biggest factor in reduced bookings, and we here in Nicaragua certainly understand the impact of perception in a market.
Aqua Wellness Resort, on the Emerald Coast, offers group wellness programs and retreats that will revive and rejuvenate a business team, allowing for a return to work with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. Website: AquaNicaragua.com
Uncertainty, Mr. McCormick goes on to say, has been created by the ban, with the result that 45% of travel agents contacted by his Association say they will be spending less on promoting US travel to their clients. About the same figure, 45%, of European business travelers said they are less likely to book meetings or events in the US this year- and again, Mr. McCormick cited that the ban goes to the heart of traveler “perception”, that business is done globally these days, and relies upon the ability of business travelers to freely move among international borders.
It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out over the next few weeks or months, but meanwhile… might I suggest a country that welcomes foreign travelers to its shores? The Nicaraguan tourism industry welcomes all international visitors, and business travelers are frequently surprised at the facilities our relatively unknown country has to offer.
It’s easy to get here, with direct flights from Toronto, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, and Atlanta- as well as stress-free connections from Europe that do not require travel or stops in the US.
If you, like about 45% of European travelers, are thinking about alternatives to the US for business or recreation, think Nicaragua. We’d love to see you here!
Where to Meet in Nicaragua?
Large branded hotels in the capital city of Managua cater to the business traveler, and in addition, many hotels on the Coast offer meeting facilities which allow for corporate retreats with the opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate while conducting business.
Check out Pelican Eyes Resort in San Juan del Sur, for example. They offer resort and meeting facilities, spa services, sunset sailboat excursions, and even yoga classes in the middle of a butterfly farm. Website: PelicanEyesResort.com
And for a larger corporate retreat or business meeting, Rancho Santana- just a 15-minute drive from the Emerald Coast Airport- offers some of the best conference facilities in Nicaragua along with five beaches, four restaurants, tennis, surfing, yoga, horseback riding, and much more. Website: RanchoSantana.com