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New Union for Health Companies

New Union for Health Companies

Q COSTA RICA – Pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, medical tourism companies, laboratories, pharmacies and research centers are part of the new Costa Rican health chamber, the Cámara Costarricense de la Salud. The chamber arose from the previously the  Consejo para la Promoción Internacional de la Medicina de Costa Rica (Promed) – Council for the International Promotion […]

Nicaragua Sets Eyes On Costa Rica’s Tourists

Nicaragua Sets Eyes On Costa Rica’s Tourists

Q COSTA RICA – In a, if you can’t have the province, take its tourists attitude, tourism operators in Nicaragua believe that the construction of the Costanera (Pacific coastal highway) will allow European and North American tourists arriving at Costa Rica’s Liberia, Guanacaste airport (LIR) to head to their country A report by Today Nicaragua […]

Beyond the Tourist Facade Are Cuba’s Victims of Communism

Beyond the Tourist Facade Are Cuba’s Victims of Communism

Visitors to Havana should visit areas beyond the tourist zones and meet Cuba’s victims of communism. (LinkedIn) TODAY CUBA (Panampost.com) Havana’s roads received a new layer of asphalt along the beautiful Prado Boulevard and the colorful buildings in Old Havana were shining brighter than ever prior to Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba. The decay and […]

Go Out On A Limb: Costa Rica’s Best Tree Houses

Go Out On A Limb: Costa Rica’s Best Tree Houses

QTRAVEL (Lonely Planet) Sleeping in a tree house is the best, maybe because it is something different, or maybe because the human subconscious understands that a few million years ago it was something normal. Even after our arboreal ancestors stopped living in trees, they still climbed up to sleep because it felt safe. Lately a […]

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 […]

New animal safari tour delights Costa Rica travelers

New animal safari tour delights Costa Rica travelers

QTRAVEL – Feeding carrots to giraffes and zebras in Costa Rica? Don’t be ridiculous. They don’t live in this part of the world. But wait. Now they do, thanks to the efforts of entrepreneur David Patay and his new Africa Safari Adventure Park. Visitors to Guanacaste Province can now say, “Call me Bwana.” Unlike a […]

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 […]

One Visa For Central America

One Visa For Central America

QCOSTARICA – The Central American Parliament (Parlamento Centroamericano – PARLACEN) is calling on Central America and the Dominican Republic to implement a regional visa, such as Europe, to promote multi-destination tourism in the area. The implementation of a regional visa would boost economic relations and open new markets among the member states (El Salvador, Honduras, […]

The British Are Coming!

The British Are Coming!

(QCOSTARICA TRAVEL) – British Airways announced it wills start direct flights to Costa Rica from May 4, 2016, the first airline to fly nonstop between Gatwick and San Jose. The airline will be offering two flights weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday during the summer season in the UK and three times a week, Tuesday, Thursday […]

Government Intent On Boosting Tourism With Convention Centre

Government Intent On Boosting Tourism With Convention Centre

(qCOSTARICA) In the next three years the government will try to make inroads in the country’s convention industry, a potential market identified years ago, but has not advanced from its early stage. The goal, according to Tourism Minister, Mauricio Ventura, is consolidate efforts to attract conventions that could in the next 3 to 4 years […]

President Solis Fears Higher Unemployment, Accepts Some Of The Blame

President Solis Fears Higher Unemployment, Accepts Some Of The Blame

(qCOSTARICA) A possible deterioration in employment opportunities, particularly among the poorest areas of the country, has President Luis Guillermo Solis worried. He expressed his concern on Friday, after learning of the Banco Central’s (Central Bank) 2015 national economy growth projections dropping from a forecasted 3.4% to an expected 2.8%. Solis said this occurs due to […]

Avianca Begins Direct Flights Between San Jose And San Andres

Avianca Begins Direct Flights Between San Jose And San Andres

(QCOSTARICA) Starting last Friday, the Colombian airline, Avianca, is now offering three weekly direct flights to the Caribbean island of San Andres. The flights leave the San Jose International airport at 11:50am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving a the Colombian island at 2:09pm. The return flight leaves San Andes at 2:44pm and arrives in […]

More Tourist Projects In The Central Pacific

More Tourist Projects In The Central Pacific

(QCOSTARICA) Punta Leona, a well established 300 hectate (750 acre) beach community in the Tarcoles tourist district of the Central Pacific, between Puntarenas and Playa Jaco, will be getting new projects that includes commercial and residential buildings and aparetment towers. Grupo Leumi and Nisa del Pacifico are the two developers behind the projects. Leumi says […]

Panama Launches Campaign To Woo Costa Rica Tourists

Panama Launches Campaign To Woo Costa Rica Tourists

(QCOSTARICA) The Government of Panama, in alliance with Air Panama, has launched a promotion offering special packages for Costa Ricans to visit their country. Packages include 3 days, 2 nights, airfare, taxes, hotel, breakfast and transfers from US$339 for the city and US$489 for the beach. A city/beach combination of 4 days, 3 nights starts […]

Information Technology Services Outperforms Tourism

Information Technology Services Outperforms Tourism

(QCOSTARICA) Sales of technology services is outperforming tourism, due to the increasing demand for Costa Rican products. According to the annual report by the Costa Rican Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (Cámara de Tecnología de Información y Comunicación – CAMTIC), annual exports, excluding components, is about US$2.88 billion dollars. CAMTIC says that the numbers […]

Liberia Airport, Its All In The Name

Liberia Airport, Its All In The Name

(QCOSTARICA) The confusion of Liberia, Costa Rica and Liberia, Africa arose during the Ebola virus infection last year, as many travelers, mainly from the United States and Canada, confused one for the other. Once again, to avoid the continued confusion, the Tourism Chamber of Guanacaste (Cámara de Turismo de Guanacaste – Caturgua) has presented the […]

Departure Tax Big Business For Country

Departure Tax Big Business For Country

(QCOSTARICA) When added up, all the departures at the country’s airports and land crossings, the total collected for the “exit” or “departure” tax in 2014 was ¢33 billion colones. The amount is the highest ever recorded since the tax went into effect and 20% higher over 2013, despite a decline in the actually number of […]

Hotel Operators Vs. The OTAs

Hotel Operators Vs. The OTAs

(QCOSTARICA TRAVEL) — Updating their websites, customer service, booking platform and innovative products are some of the strategies by hotel operators feeling the effect of travelers using online travel agencies (OTAs) when booking a room. For the major part, consumers feel they are getting better deal with OTAs such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Booking, Agoda, […]

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

(QCOSTARICA) — Although its territory accounts for only 0.03 percent of the planet’s surface, Costa Rica is home to almost 5 percent of the world’s total estimated species, enabling the government to promote a different kind of development, an official has said. In an interview with Xinhua on Thursday, a day ahead of the International […]

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 […]

Tourism: How Much Does it Pay to Be “Green”?

Tourism: How Much Does it Pay to Be “Green”?

When it comes to making a choice, there is a clear preference by travelers for “green” hotels and tourism products, confirming that the sustainability of the tourism business only makes sense when the sustainability of the area is guaranteed. In her blog in Elfinancierocr.com, Katiana Murillo highlights the growing preference of tourists worldwide for hotels […]

Tourism Minister Says NO to New Airport in Costa Rica

Tourism Minister Says NO to New Airport in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Tourism Minister, Wilhelm von Breymann ruled the project of a new airport in the country, saying that the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport has sufficient capacity, saying the improvement and expansion of the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia has more urgent need. The minister made the statement to the media during the opening […]

Government Says Playa Naranjo Ferry Service Will Be Restored Next Week

Government Says Playa Naranjo Ferry Service Will Be Restored Next Week

UPDATE: March 27, 2015 – The ferry service will resume on Sunday, March 29, says Coonatamar and with additional trips throughout Semana Santa, leaving th Puntarenas dock at 6:30am, 10:00am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm and from Playa Naranjo at: 8:00am, 12:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm. On Saturday, authorities will test (without passengers) the temporary dock to ensue […]

Costa RicaTourism Is “In The Background”

Costa RicaTourism Is “In The Background”

QCOSTARICA – The limited political strength of the current Minister of the Tourism, Wilhelm von Breymann, in the cabinet and government agencies, is preventing tourism industry demands from being addressed and priority given to the sector in the government’s strategy. Representatives from the tourism industry argue that they have been given a back seat because […]