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Guide Victim In Rafting Accident Was Not Registered With The Tourism Board

Kevin Thompson Reid, the guide who died in a raft accident on Saturday in Quepos, was not registered with the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT), according to the ICT director of Tourism Management, Gustavo Alvarado. Thompson Reid, 45, worked for the company Quepoa Expeditions,...

‘App’ Will Alert Tourists About Insecurity in Costa Rica

An app(lication) with warnings and safety tips for tourists would be ready in December, at the beginning of the peak tourist season, reported Friday the Tourism Board - the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) The application will have geolocation to alert the user about the...

Don’t Be Scammed! The ICT Does Not Have A “Tourist Ombudsman”

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - the Costa Rican tourist board - is warning of the improper use of the institution's in the social media, on fan page of Facebook, including that of a self-described "Tourist Advocacy Group". The ICT assures there is no...

Costa Rica Bets Strong On Convention Tourism

The new convention center opened its doors on Thursday and is expected to impulse Costa Rica in the global market for convention tourism. The Centro Nacional de Congresos y Convenciones (CNCC), located on 10 hectares fronting the autopista General Cañas, east of the Plaza Cariari,...

Heredia Man Sentenced To 18 Years in Prison For Sexually Abuse Girlfriend’s Daughter

A Heredia court sentenced a 48-year-old man to 18 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl, his girlfriend's daughter. According to the authorities, the events occurred in 2011, the victim was the then-girlfriend of the abuser, identified by his last name Ramirez. The Prosecutor's office...

British Airways Connection Drives Costa Rica Tourism

The latest figures from the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) indicate that a total of 76,173 visitors from the UK travelled to the destination in 2017 – representing an increase of 6.7%on the previous year. This positive figure strengthens the position of the United Kingdom...

Tourism Generated US$228 Billion In The Last Decade

Tourism has become the great machine for obtaining dollars for the Costa Rican economy, and the data supports the claim. In the last ten years, the tourism industry generated US$28 billion dollars and with the exception of 2009, due the consequences of the global crisis,...

Costa Rica Enters World Competition For Investments In Tourism

Costa Rica officially enters the world competition for the attraction of investment in tourism, holding a specialized meeting on the matter, on November 13 and 14, at the Real Continental Hotel, that will be attended by high-level entrepreneurs from Asia, Middle East, and America. The...

Costa Rican Tourism Seduces European Market; Intensifies Efforts In North America

The strategies established by Costa Rica to attract European tourism are reflected in the increase of international arrivals and the attraction of airlines. Costa Rica now had eight direct flights by European airlines: Iberia from Spain; British Airways and Thomson Airways from the U.K.; Condor from...

Costa Rica Tourism Leads Service Exports

Of the US$8.792 billion generated from services exports in Costa Rica between April 2016 and March 2017, 45% corresponded to the tourism sector. From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT): Tourism is consolidating itself as the leading sector driving growth of services...

Costa Rica launches new campaign in North America

For the first time in its history, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has established a partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and CNN International to launch a new campaign: "essential Costa Rica. My Choice, Naturally." This new advertising campaign will go...

Bureaucracy And The New Convention Center

Q COSTA RICA - In Costa Rica the new Centro Nacional de Congresos y Convenciones (CNCC) - National Convention Center - still under construction, in Heredia next to the Plaza Cariari, is missing out on opportunities to promote itself overseas due to a delay...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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