December 31, 2010
Tourism Gains Demonstrate Nicaragua’s Growing Appeal
The positive image and perception of Nicaragua continues to increase around the world, as evidenced by the continuing rise in tourism. In fact, the number of foreign visitors to Nicaragua topped one million in 2010, which establishes a new benchmark for the country’s visitation efforts. This number also represents more than an eight percent increase over 2009.
Tourism and Investment Rise
This progress comes as no surprise to Pro Nicaragua and us here at Grupo Mariana where we are actively engaged in promoting Nicaragua at every opportunity. We would like to feel that our projects and the ongoing efforts we are making to increase the visibility and understanding of the country are supporting and contributing to this growth in tourism. Nicaragua remains a secret to many, but the focus of the world is gradually increasing as witnessed by this rise in visitors and increasing international investment. And, quite frankly, there’s no doubt that the popularity of television’s “Survivor:Nicaragua” has exposed many people to the beauty and diversity of the country.
One of the things we often encounter as we travel and promote activity in Nicaragua is the outdated perceptions that remain. It is a case where the country’s past, now more than two decades removed, continues to color its awareness and, in particular, how Nicaragua is perceived as a place to visit and invest. Certainly, we believe without doubt that Nicaragua is now beginning to command the positive attention it deserves, which will help more and more people understand the opportunities and promise here.
Bright Real Estate Opportunities
For those of us already committed to Nicaragua and its future—or considering the country as a place to visit, retire or invest—the increase in tourism is a significant sign that the future here is bright. However, it also means that it’s an ideal time to do your research and make an investment decision since the more visibility received translates into more people seeking opportunities. This is not unlike Costa Rica when it was “discovered” by outsiders over 20 years ago, which resulted in a boom of real estate investment that paid huge dividends to those with the vision and courage to push ahead.
The New Costa Rica
That’s why you’ll often hear us say that if you missed your chance in Costa Rica, you should act now in Nicaragua where the outlook is extremely bright. The country is politically stable, the economy is growing steadily, and there is a welcoming attitude among the people and government. The natural setting and environmental diversity is unparalleled, and, perhaps most important, is being actively and seriously maintained.
The critical factors are aligning in Nicaragua, and we are confident that promising tomorrows are on the horizon. As always, we’re happy to talk with anyone interested in the country and the opportunities here, so please contact us anytime. But, perhaps, the sooner the better.
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December 28, 2010
Understanding Nicaragua and the True Risks in Today’s Market
If you are concerned about risk, Nicaragua might be the answer you’ve been looking for!
Precisely why that is the case is a fascinating story. Nicaragua has redefined itself over the last 20 years so that it is now becoming one of the best places to live for people looking for the next big thing. Weekly, there are over 60 flights to Nicaragua; the numbers of people visiting Nicaragua and the number of people who invest capital in the country have been on a dramatic upward trajectory. The New Nicaragua has emerged as the must see vacation destination in Central America.
In uncertain times, people head for the hills. Private equity is attracted to a haven where they can ride out the storm, which in this case is international economic upheaval. Placing resources in beachfront resorts in a country like Nicaragua places you a world apart, yet convenience and luxury travel is never far away.
Today, there is plenty of risk at home. Many of these risks are unappealing to say the least—having to endure another drab and cold winter, uncertainty about financial institutions or allowing your investments to stagnate for another year.
Living in North America, there is a good chance that many people will not get out of the rat race until it is too late to really enjoy retirement. There is a global economy and a personal economy. Luckily, in Nicaragua, your personal economy has never looked brighter. Escape high prices. Escape chores. Escape winter.
There is risk in Nicaragua, too. There is the risk you might fall in love, discover the vacations spots and the adventure of a lifetime or want to extend your stay after being exposed to the warmth of the Nicaraguan people and the vibrant culture.
A prudent way to manage risk is to select the absolute best a country has to offer. Seaside Mariana is the preeminent development in Nicaragua with a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course from Nicklaus Design, making the property especially exclusive and desirable and anchored by Wyndham Mariana Resort.
Experience a new world filled with opportunities for fun, friendship and active lifestyle! We invite you to step inside and experience our world-class community first hand. If you are looking for a new place to call home or a luxurious vacation rental let our upscale Tropical Resort be your destination of choice.
Race the horizon by sailboat or personal watercraft… Dive below the surface for a scuba or snorkeling adventure… Get up close and personal with live whales… Learn to surf or fish the world class waters of Nicaragua… Accept the challenge – and rewards – of some of the world’s best deep sea fishing… it’s all yours in Nicaragua. With the vibrant colonial cities of Granada and Leon nearby, it is also possible to absorb some of the rich culture offered by this former capitol of the country.
Imagine what it could be like. No boss. Your time is 100% your own. Pursuing your recreation of choice, golf, surfing, fishing, hiking, bird watching or fine dining are just a few of the ways you can spend your time in Nicaragua – and the prices are phenomenal. Perhaps taking it easy for a day is more your cup of tea? You can relax in a hammock, tour a coffee plantation, sunbathe, get a massage or enjoy some spa treatments. Let Nicaragua be your personal oyster to open up and discover the riches within.
Grupo Mariana offers you a perfect way to balance risk. Eliminate the risk of non-participation and portfolio stagnation. Indulge in the risk of adventure, exploration and offshore investing by visiting the most enticing country in Central America.
After all, you have everything to gain. To find out more about this little known country of Nicaragua, (Go Here)
December 21, 2010
In today’s climate it can be difficult to find one great way to make money, let alone twelve great ways. But Grupo Mariana has twelve great ways for investors to make money immediately.
In a moment we’ll discuss the twelve excellent ways Grupo Mariana has created that will allow you to profit, but first we’d like to briefly discuss the development that is great for Seaside Mariana and great for you.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
That development is the arrival of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts , which will be coming to Seaside Mariana. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,000 hotels and 583,000 rooms and branded properties in 65 countries on 6 different continents.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is at the forefront of the travel and leisure industry and has been recognized as such. Newsweek ranked Wyndham as one of the Top Ten Greenest leisure and travel companies in America. Wyndham was ranked second in 2010 on Fortune Magazine’s list of Most Admired hotels and resorts. Wyndham also funds innovative programs such as Women on Their Way Worldwide. Wyndham’s forward thinking philosophy and environmental policies is an excellent fit with Seaside Mariana and we are very proud to welcome them into the fold.
Furthermore, from a financial standpoint Wyndham is great news for Seaside Mariana and great news for our investors. Wyndham has the largest hotel loyalty program in the world based on the number of participating properties; with over 7.5 million active members and over 2.8 million new members enrolled in 2009. Further great news for investors is that based on nightly redemptions, Wyndham has the highest payout to owners in the hotel industry.
The Wyndham agreement and together with the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, this is a major plus for the Seaside Mariana . The basic start of earth movement and site clearing of trees has begun, and the Mariana del Norte Beachfront Condominiums along with LAYA Boutique Hotel & Bungalows construction will start in the first quarter of 2011.
We know that you are eager to learn the specifics of the Twelve Great Ways you can profit during the holidays, so we will keep you waiting no longer.
December 17, 2010
One of the realizations that came from the economic issues of recent months is the recognition of just how connected we all are, that “global” is indeed a term that encompasses the world’s economies and all of its citizens. We all are part of one interconnected, interdependent community.
Based on that awareness and in reaction to developments in the markets, we found our vision evolving at Grupo Mariana. The cornerstone of Grupo Mariana’s vision remains investing in Nicaragua’s rich natural assets to provide investment opportunities, but also having a positive and meaningful impact on local communities. This vision has shifted our core business activities to incorporate social reinvestment as a fundamental component of our mission.
More Than Resort Property
While Grupo Mariana’s focus in the past primarily was the development of resort property for sale, the focus has since evolved to encompass the creation of communities in the largest sense of the word. By this we mean that Grupo Mariana will continue its individual development activities, such as at Seaside Mariana, but with the grander objective of incorporating the building of the community into the economy and life of the surrounding areas and their citizens. We will be a part of the overall community rather than a freestanding presence separated from the world around us.
We have laid the groundwork to achieve these business and philanthropic initiatives primarily through the establishment of the “5% For Futures” program that is governed by Fundación Grupo Mariana. The goal of this program is to help drive the economic growth and sustainability of the region, thus helping create an attractive area that will foster the sustained growth of tourism activities and economic activity while offering investors attractive lifestyle choices and return on investment.
Condos, Villas, & Bungalows
This means that Seaside Mariana, for example, is moving forward as a resort community with a revised master plan now centered on six individual neighborhoods that offer low-rise condominiums, town homes and private bungalows, home sites and golf villas. The addition of a Wyndham Mariana Resort and the new Laya Boutique Hotel further broaden the appeal. And, of course, there is the beautiful beach, spa and fitness club, and Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Underlying all of this is a new spirit of community that makes Seaside Mariana the ideal place in Nicaragua to vacation, invest or experience international living.
With this new blog, we plan to keep you abreast of developments at Grupo Mariana as well as introducing you to the beauty, culture and stability of Nicaragua that make it one of the world’s best places to live and invest. You’ll also learn about the outstanding opportunities awaiting investors with vision.
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December 16, 2010
While Grupo Mariana’s focus in the past primarily was the development of resort property for sale, the focus has since evolved to encompass the creation of communities in the largest sense of the word. This means that Grupo Mariana will continue its individual development activities, such as at Seaside Mariana, but with the grander objective of incorporating the building of the community into the economy and life of the surrounding areas and their citizens. We will be a part of the overall community rather than a freestanding presence separated from the world around us. This means that Seaside Mariana is moving forward as a resort community with a revised master plan now centered on six individual neighborhoods that offer low-rise condominiums, town homes and private bungalows, home sites and golf villas. Some of the perks of Seaside Mariana include: the beautiful beach, spa and fitness club, and Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Underlying all of this is a new spirit of community that makes Seaside Mariana the ideal place in Nicaragua to vacation, invest or experience international living.
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December 15, 2010
Congratulations to Latitude 33 for being featured in LA Confidential Magazine this past month! Latitude 33 is a modern beach-inspired community combining Los Angeles’ high-style attitude with the unique and eclectic flavors of the locale. Flats and townhomes in three distinctive yet complementary lifestyle collections: the SKY Collection, BOARDWALK Collection and BEACH Collection. Latitude 33 combines an inviting atmosphere with a unique coastal backdrop, perfect for enjoying the ultimate California lifestyle. Come see why everyone is raving about Latitude 33!
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DogtownStation sits at the intersection of Main Street and Abbot Kinney, just 2 blocks from the beach. Located in the hippest urban neighborhood in LA, Venice is attracting the young and the young at heart. The original Craftsmen bungalows mix with modern glass and steel structures and neighbors quickly become friends. DogtownStation are live/work lofts. They are the perfect live/work space for individuals, creative types and entrepreneurs, looking for space that suits their lifestyle. They offer every owner interior planning and design services, to customize their loft to their needs. All of the lofts have signature dual-paned double height windows, which flood the spaces with natural light, and the interriors include KitchenAid Series stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and Carrera marble in bathrooms. The rooftop decks and outdoor patios are great for barbecuing with friends and watching the night sky.
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December 10, 2010
The DC area’s upcoming arts destination is Arts District Hyattsville. And it continues to receive the attention of local artists, retailers and the media alike. There are tons of hot spots for artists all over town. Selected for its proximity to DC and edgy arts vibe, Arts District Hyattsville offers affordable new townhomes alongside the new retail town center. Arts District Hyattsville is close to all of the local favorites, including Busboys and Poets, Yes! Organic Market, Tara Thai, Elevation Burger, and Chipotle.
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December 8, 2010
Sycamore Walk in Garden Grove is now accepting applications for new homebuyers interested in being included in our Sycamore Walk VIP Pre-sales Event set for December 18th. See the ad for more details and be sure to visit us soon to secure your place in line. With only a dozen new homes to be built, the demand will quickly exceed supply.
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December 3, 2010
EYA’s new townhome community at Arts District Hyattsville has again been named “Best Mixed Use Neighborhood” by the 2010 Great American Living Awards (GALA) Committee at a ceremony on October 21st. The GALA competition is the DC building industry’s most prestigious awards event, in which architects, builders, and developers select the area’s best new home communities and home designs. Arts District Hyattsville, since opening, has been recognized with 15 local and national awards for its smartly planned urban design, unique architecture, and onsite amenities – including a restored 1950’s automobile showroom that has been repurposed into the community’s clubhouse. Anchoring the 25-acre neighborhood are art galleries, shops and restaurants, with popular local favorites opening Spring 2011: Busboys and Poets, Tara Thai, Yes! Organic Market, Elevation Burger and Chipotle. By providing onsite amenities and neighborhood retailers in the community, residents enjoy easy access to everything they need and love – all while spending less time in the car. It’s a greener, more convenient, and more relaxing way to live. It’s life within walking distance and smart city living. Since its founding in 1992, EYA has won over 150 GALA Awards (some formerly the MAME and Monument Awards) and just last year was given the GALA Lifetime Achievement Award.
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