Photo by Samantha Davis / Cronkite Borderlands Project

Proposed canal could help or hurt Nicaragua’s tourism industry

By Samantha Davis / Cronkite Borderlands Project

Published June 17, 2015

Nicaragua’s growing tourism industry could either be helped or hurt by a planned inter-oceanic canal that would bisect the country. Proponents of the canal project point to development plans that include large resorts and golf courses that could give the country a huge economic boost. Critics of the canal assert that construction could irreversibly damage some of the country’s most pristine natural treasures — and reduce the country’s draw of tourists.