SAN RAFAEL DEL SUR, NICARAGUA--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - Intrepid investors and adventurers seeking a tropical lifestyle will have a chance to explore Nicaragua and its abundant opportunities March 16-20 when Grupo Mariana offers an extensive fact-finding tour and seminar. The special four-day event includes an oceanside celebration and a groundbreaking at Seaside Mariana, a 923-acre community situated on the country's Pacific Coast that will feature a 330-room Wyndham Mariana Resort & Casino, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and a variety of residential options.

The tour includes visits to Nicaragua's 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 Marco A. Roca, Senior Vice President of Development at Wyndham Worldwide, Mario Salinos, Nicaragua's Minister of Tourism and Javier Chamorro, Executive Director of ProNicaragua, the Nicaraguan Investment Promotion Agency, the country's economic development group.

"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."

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 2010. 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."

Nicaragua 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. Nicaragua also now is widely recognized as the safest country in Central America, as well as for its stable democratic government.

Grupo Mariana is building on these trends with a range of residential products on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast. The organization's centerpiece is Seaside Mariana, while Isla Mariana is an island eco-resort.

Grupo Mariana also is committed to contributing a percentage of each real estate transaction in its projects back into the economic development of the surrounding area under its 5% for Futures program.

For additional information on Seaside Mariana or the 5% for Futures Program, visit or contact Phil Alexander, Executive Vice President-Sales & Marketing, at

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