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Air France Annouces Increase In Weekly Frequency of Direct Flights to Costa Rica

Air France Annouces Increase In Weekly Frequency of Direct Flights to Costa Rica

Q TRAVEL – Air France on Wednesday announced it will increase the number of direct flights to Costa Rica from two to three weekly for the 2017-2108 season. The airline says it will offer direct flights between the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris (CDG) and the Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose (SJO) on […]

Costa Rica Bets on Convention Tourism: Convention Centre To Be Ready In Early 2018

Costa Rica Bets on Convention Tourism: Convention Centre To Be Ready In Early 2018

  Q COSTA RICA – The goal of Costa Rica’s tourism board, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) is to organize 950 conferences and conventions for 500 people each in the next five years, generating US$1.3 billion in revenue. The five-year plan presented by the  ICT is based on the opening of the Centro Nacional […]

Low-cost Airlines Push Down Regional Fares

Low-cost Airlines Push Down Regional Fares

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL – Aggressive strategies by low-cost carriers are poised to overthrow the region’s established airline order. Low-cost airlines flying to and from Costa Rica are now offering never-seen-before rates of less than US$100 to a Central American destination. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – Costa Rica Tourism Board – classifies low-cost […]

In A Decade Costa Rica Could Have More Visitors Per Year Than Inhabitants

In A Decade Costa Rica Could Have More Visitors Per Year Than Inhabitants

Q COSTA RICA – In less than two decades Costa Rica will have tripled the number of tourist arrivals, closing 2016 with almost three million. In 2004, the country set a record, receiving 1.5 million visitors, double the number of the previous decade. According to the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – the tourism board […]

More Bureaucracy For Costa Rica Tourism

More Bureaucracy For Costa Rica Tourism

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Arguing that they would “give muscle” to the state in managing the sector, a bill, presented by several legislators, aims to create the Ministry of Tourism. The proposal around the suspicion of the private sector that would lead to more bureaucracy in the tourism sector. Costa Rica’s tourism sector is […]

Indigenous Tour Guides in Costa Rica Open Their Own Agency

Indigenous Tour Guides in Costa Rica Open Their Own Agency

(QTRAVEL, from Lonely Planet) Costa Rica’s tourism industry has long been at the forefront of Central America’s travel infrastructure, offering visitors access to everything from rainforest adventures, to sea turtle sightings, to exceptional point breaks. Few visitors, however, end up learning much about the indigenous culture in Costa Rica, and a group of Bribri tour […]

2015 Record Year For Costa Rican Tourism

2015 Record Year For Costa Rican Tourism

QCOSTARICA – 2015 proved to be a record year for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica with revenue from tourism up by 9% – an increase of approximately three times that of the country’s GDP which was up by 2.8%. Tourist arrivals hit an all-time high, with 2,665,608 visitors last arriving through all ports of entry […]

Tourist Arrivals Inflated, Legislator Says Of ICT

Tourist Arrivals Inflated, Legislator Says Of ICT

QCOSTARICA – Alberto Lopez, head of the Tourism Board (ICT), admitted Thursday afternoon before the Legislative Commission on Tourism, that the number of visitors entering the country are inflated. The ICT chief said the numbers only exclude Nicaraguans entering Costa Rica on work permits. This implies that to know the real number of “tourist” arrivals […]

Growing Opposition To Tourism Industry Subsidies

Growing Opposition To Tourism Industry Subsidies

( QCOSTARICA) There is growing opposition to a plan to subsidize the tourism industry using money from the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – tourism board – and the Development Bank. The plan, currently in the legislative process, would take US$15 million dollars from state resources (like the ICT) to readjust the debts of a […]

Spurring Costa Rica Women Into Information and Communications Technology

Spurring Costa Rica Women Into Information and Communications Technology

Costa Rica’s hi-tech industry is booming: in 2013, exports of electronics and medical equipment accounted for more than a quarter of total exports, while agricultural produce such as bananas and other fruit made up barely 16 per cent. Last year, the then-president Laura Chinchilla Miranda declared the electronics hardware and computer software sector a national […]

Southwest Inaugurates San José (Costa Rica) / Baltimore Daily Service

Southwest Inaugurates San José (Costa Rica) / Baltimore Daily Service

QCOSTARICA – Southwest Airlines on Saturday inaugurated its daily nonstop service between San Jose (SJO) Costa Rica and Baltimore / Washington. According to Southwest, this is the first-ever international flying offered from Houston’s Hobby Airport. Flight 602 from Baltimore / Washington to San Jose, Costa Rica, brought 143 people to Costa Rica and Central America […]