MANAGUA, Nicaragua, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nicaraguan Tourism Board (INTUR) has launched a partnership with Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), the leader in global online travel, and TACA Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, to drive travel bookings to Nicaragua.
Visitors who go to http://www.orbitz.com/App/GDDC?deal_id=taca-nicaragua-deals can find flight and hotel deals in Nicaragua, including to such Pacific Coast resorts as Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa, Aqua Wellness Resort, Bahia del Sol Villas, and hotels in and around the colonial city of Granada, the most popular tourist destination in Nicaragua, including Hotel Plaza Colon and Hacienda Puerta del Cielo. Flights to Nicaragua from the U.S. start at $449 rt.
In 2011 Nicaragua welcomed 1 million tourists, more than in any year before. In the first 3 months of 2012, the number of tourists visiting Nicaragua is up 15.7% over the same period in 2011.
"Nicaragua Tourism's partnership with Orbitz is a critical piece of our strategy to increase tourism in Nicaragua," said Mario Salinas, Minister of Tourism in Nicaragua. "Now is the moment to distinguish Nicaragua from other countries in Central America, to sell Nicaragua as a unique destination and inform U.S. tourists about all our country has to offer."
Nicaragua Tourism's marketing campaign on Orbitz comes just after the launch of its first English-language tourism website, www.visitnicaragua.us and its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/visitnicaragua. Visitors to the VisitNicaragua Facebook page can enter a sweepstakes to win one of three free trips for two to Nicaragua.
Central America's new travel destination, Nicaragua offers visitors an authentic experience that puts them in touch with the country's vast natural beauty and warmth of its people. Travelers can enjoy ecotourism, adventure tourism and simply relaxation against a backdrop of dazzling colonial architecture; spectacular volcanoes, lakes and rainforest; and pristine beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Central America's largest country and the safest, Nicaragua beckons with a wide variety of travel options at affordable prices. www.visitnicaragua.us
SOURCE Nicaragua Tourism Board