Upcoming Tour will Introduce Visitors and Investors To Nicaragua's Natural Features and Opportunities

Nicaragua is a country of amazing beauty with a wealth of rich natural and cultural assets. From the wildness of active volcanoes to the serenity of her Pacific shores, Nicaragua creates a mysterious and magical destination for vacation travelers.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Intrepid investors and adventurers seeking a tropical lifestyle will have a chance to explore Nicaragua and its abundant opportunities November 28 - December 2, 2012, when Grupo Mariana offers an extensive fact-finding tour and educational seminars during our Live and Invest Ultimate Discovery Event into the heart and soul of Nicaragua.

The special five-day event includes a celebration marking the start of construction at Seaside Mariana, an oceanfront community spread over 923 acres on 2 kilometers of pristine Pacific beachfront situated on the Pacific Coast just an hour from Managua, Nicaragua. The area around Seaside Mariana is rich in history and culture with the cities of Granada, Leon and Managua, and other smaller towns and villages within easy driving distance.

The Nicaragua event includes visits to colonial towns, as well as guided exploration of some of the country's renowned natural features, including its beaches, rain forests, lakes and volcanoes. Participants also will interact with specialists and experts who will provide information on the positive economic and tourism trends in Nicaragua, real estate investment in the country, and numerous other topics designed to provide a broad-based understanding of Nicaragua and its future. Among the speakers are Mario Salinas, Nicaragua's Minister of Tourism and ProNicaragua, the Nicaraguan Investment Promotion Agency.

"We're confident this event is an outstanding opportunity to gain a complete understanding of the beauty and opportunity found in Nicaragua, and ways to benefit from a very promising future," says Kevin Fleming, Chairman of Grupo Mariana. "For North Americans tired of the cold weather, it's also a wonderful chance to bask in warm sun and enjoy a beautiful tropical setting." Kevin Fleming is originally from Vancouver, Canada and, while living there, he met Maria, a native of Nicaragua, who became his wife. When she brought him to Nicaragua, he also fell in love with the country and its people and saw there could be tremendous opportunity here for someone with vision and a sense of adventure.

Nicaragua continues to gain recognition as possessing a wealth of natural beauty and resources, combined with one of Central America's fastest growing economies that is highlighted by increasing international investment and record tourism numbers—over one million people visited the country in 2011. Noting this trend, well-regarded Kensington Tours, which offers travel in more than 80 countries, cited Nicaragua as an outstanding place to visit in 2011. The report stated, "For clients who enjoy tropical weather and exotic surroundings, Nicaragua may be the next best, if not more authentic, alternative to travel to Costa Rica."


also was proclaimed as one of the "world's top retirement havens for 2011" in a report by Kathleen Peddicord in U.S. News & World Report's Money section. She cites the country's very low cost of living, combined with realistic pricing for real estate, including beachfront property along the Pacific Ocean. Peddicord also noted that Nicaragua has established a new and improved foreign retiree residency program. "As Ms. Peddicord points out, the availability of real estate and welcoming programs for retirees is making Nicaragua a top choice among people looking for a haven outside of North America," Fleming says.

As International Living puts it: "Nicaragua's lower cost of living does not mean you have to sacrifice the quality of life you have been accustomed to in the U.S. or Canada and U.S. News & World Report article described Nicaragua as "super-affordable," and stated the cost-of-living has remained "seriously low."

Nicaragua also now is widely recognized as the safest country in Central America, as well as for its stable democratic government. Nicaragua is no longer a mystery to most of the world, and now is being more widely recognized as a wonderful place to visit as well as call home, whether for a few months each year or permanently. Another very positive development is the steady advance in foreign direct investment. Recent reports from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank demonstrate that Nicaragua's upward trends are being recognized around the world.

"This is a place with many special attributes and a very bright future, which will be home to a future Wyndham Mariana Resort and a Nicklaus Design Golf Course,"says Kevin Fleming, Chairman of Grupo Mariana. Grupo Mariana has also created a program called "5% for Futures" which promises to donate 5% of all sales under all Grupo Mariana businesses to a fund that is governed by their foundation for the economic development of the surrounding communities of their developments.


Grupo Mariana, an established leader in Real Estate Development on Nicaragua's blossoming Pacific Coast, has recently shifted their core business activities to incorporate social reinvestment as a fundamental component and driving mission. Grupo Mariana has created a program called "5% for Futures" which promises to donate 5% of all sales under all Grupo Mariana businesses to a fund that is governed by their foundation, Fundación Grupo Mariana.

The first Grupo Mariana business to activate this program is the Seaside Mariana Oceanfront Community. It is estimated that over time, $35 million dollars from the program can be reinvested in the growth and economic development of Masachapa, the first community receiving benefits from the program, and the surrounding area and the Mariana Region.

Kevin Fleming, Chairman of Grupo Mariana supports the recent changes to the company's direction. "Grupo Mariana believes in this country," said Fleming. "We believe in the value of Nicaragua's people, her communities and her rich, natural assets. We believe it is our responsibility as part of the Nicaraguan community to make "Giving Back" the core mission of the company… not an afterthought."

For additional information on Grupo Mariana or the 5% for Futures Program, visit www.seasidemariana.com or contact Kevin Fleming, Chairman of Grupo Mariana, at info@grupomariana.com.

Media Contact: Kevin Fleming Grupo Mariana, 7862456535, kevin.fleming@grupomariana.com

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