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Posted on 21. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Yesterday, the Developers Association ANID met in the 475 year old city of Granada to hear from experts in the development and tourism sectors. A representative of INTUR was on hand to discuss the upcoming year and the promotions for the country. Tourism in Nicaragua Growing Nicaragua has more than doubled the budget to promote [...]
Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Well a proud husband and father does have to brag once in a while. While I was in Colorado Springs at a conference talking about why people should consider homes in Nicaragua, my family was sitting for a TV commercial to be aired in the US for a medical tourism company here in Nicaragua. A [...]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
In last weeks show, I spoke with Jack and Margaret Griffin who are exploring all parts of Nicaragua in retirement. Having just returned home from a fishing trip on the Rio San Juan, Jack and Margaret were flush with stories about boating down the river, horseback riding, a night hike to search for Caymans, [...]
Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Wow, I guess it had to happen. After 3,467 days (9.5 years) living in Nicaragua and driving almost every day, sometimes a lot, I finally got a ticket. Not So Lucky Thus far I had been able to talk my way out of the many other stops over the years. This time, I had picked up [...]
Posted on 12. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
On tomorrow’s Radio Show, I will be talking with and old friend, Ajay Patel, the former Dean of the Wake Forest Business School. He and his students, along with funding from Tom Dingledine, have created an extension of the university and a primary research center in Managua. The focus of their work is to pull [...]
Posted on 06. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Tune into the Overseas Radio Network tonight when I interview Tim Rogers, founder of the Nicaragua Dispatch, the only English language newspaper in the country. Tim will tell us a little about his history in Nicaragua starting when he was a 15 year old kid coming here to do service work, through his stint [...]
Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
The Tsunami Skydiver group landed at Gran Pacifica yesterday and then played a round of golf on the seaside course. Rich Grimm, founder and coordinator of the jump was on the ground to light the smoke signal and bring the jumpers home. A crowd on on lookers and a ground team was in [...]
Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Gran Pacifica residents Murray and Teena along with some friends from Canada have started an incredible transformation of life for a child and family in Villa el Carmen, Nicaragua. The subject line of their e-mail to me says it all, ”Today on the 11 kilometers of opportunity…” Read how they have given the gift [...]
Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Seniors are getting squeezed in a lot of ways these days. Higher costs, lower savings rates, and uncertain markets are creating concern and even panic in some cases. While I am an advocate of taking a look overseas as a way to achieve a higher quality of life on a limited budget, there are some [...]
Posted on 14. Feb, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Gran Pacifica was recently written up in one of Spain’s largest business newspapers. The article describes Gran Pacifica’s activities and business strategies for surviving the very challenging past few years as a real estate developer. With the market for retiree properties expanding due to increased Baby Boomer retirement, communities like Gran Pacifica with infrastructure, homes, [...]
Posted on 07. Feb, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Nicaragua has some great events for tourists and the Poetry Festival in Granada is a huge one drawing over 100 poets from over 60 countries. Only 90 minutes from Gran Pacifica, Granada is an easy day trip. Granada is a fantastic colonial city, the oldest in the Americas at 492 years old, and the perfect [...]
Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Kent Payne, Vice President of Sales for Gran Pacifica will be featured on the Overseas Radio Network Tuesday, February 7th at 6:45PM EST. Be sure to tune in for the entire program starting at 6:00pm EST for Ben Phillips from Save the Children as well as our Expat Kids segment and a terrific success [...]
Posted on 02. Feb, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Nicaragua continues to lead the region in safety and security. This despite the perceptions lingering in the minds of many North Americans from the civil war in the 19080’s. When I speak at conferences about Gran Pacifica, one of the first things people ask me is about crime and do I feel in danger. [...]
Posted on 31. Jan, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Gran Pacifica, a Nicaraguan subsidiary of ECI Development, recently completed a transaction with Roger Keeling and the TKG Group. This deal transferred the rights to operate the Pacifica Golf Course and develop select Nicaraguan real estate around the golf course and in Phase I. It also added another sub-development group that can sell and [...]
Posted on 26. Jan, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
As with most things in business, there are cycles and right now it looks like the cycle for textile manufacturing is swinging back in favor of Central America. Incredibly, China dropped 3% in textile exports while Central America picked up by 2.6% last year. Time lines for shipping is one factor, but cost of production [...]
Posted on 24. Jan, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Great news. Nicaragua’s Ministry of Tourism has reworked it’s English version website and it looks spectacular. http://nicaraguatourism.us/ In addition to the things you’d expect like tours, places to see, history etc… you also get a section of travel specials. One section I especially like is the section on “What People are Saying About Us” which is [...]
Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
It’s great to know movers and shakers. Until now, I never knew anyone who’d been in National Geographic. But to my surprise a couple weeks ago, there was my friend José Urteaga on the pages talking about the Olive Ridley Turtles. Jose and his team at Flora and Fauna have been doing some great [...]
Posted on 20. Jan, 2012 by Mike Cobb.
Gran Pacifica is “Green Pacifica” with nearly half its power coming from renewable resources off of Nicaragua’s grid. The nation’s green energy production is now 48% of total demand. Nicaragua is proving its dedication to build a renewable energy basis and the results are impressive. As new hydro and geothermal come on line, that percentage [...]
Posted on 27. Dec, 2011 by Mike Cobb.
Nicaragua was recently ranked as one of the top ten best value destinations for 2011 by Lonely Planet, one of the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher owned by BBC Worldwide. According to the website’s recent article, “Nicaragua is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to escape winter. Culture, adventure, sand [...]
Posted on 18. Oct, 2011 by Mike Cobb.
Dear Friends of Nicaragua, A Gran Pacifica intern from Pitt didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he talked to the local priest in the small village of Villa el Carmen one night last spring over a couple beers. In fact, it was only when he came knocking early the next morning to [...]
Posted on 18. Oct, 2011 by Mike Cobb.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently confirmed that Nicaragua’s economy will grow by approximately 4.0 percent in 2011, information also confirmed by official government projections and independent organisms such as the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES, for its acronym in Spanish). According to the IMF’s projections, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) [...]