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Tourism Board Estimates a 9% Increase in 2018-2019 Cruise Ship arrivals

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Costa Rican Tourism Board - estimates an increase of 9.2% in cruise ship arrivals at the five main points of the country - Limón, Caldera, Quepos, Golfito, and Puntarenas - for 2018 (August) to 2019 (July) season. In...

European airlines seek to expand operations in Costa Rica due to high demand

European airlines that connect Europe with Costa Rica are extremely pleased with the results obtained in recent months, as they told the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) during their meetings at the ITB in Berlin; leading fair in the world tourism industry. Given this situation,...

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,...

Cruiseliner with 3,500 tourists cancels stop in Puntarenas due to the strike

Celebrity Cruises announced the cancelation of the stop in Costa Rica of its Infinity liner with 3,500 passengers on board, that was due to dock in Puntarenas this morning (Monday) at 6 am. The cruise line said it decided to bypass the stop in Costa...

Hotels in Nicaragua Juggling to Deal with the Crisis

Reducing prices to attract local tourists is the main strategy being used by Nicaraguan tourism entrepreneurs in areas such as Tola, San Juan del Sur and Ometepe Island. A tourist looks at the town from a church tower in Granada, 45 km from Managua, in...

Crisis in Nicaragua has left 70,000 people unemployed in the tourism sector

The crisis in Nicaragua since April 18 has left at least 70,000 people unemployed in the tourism industry, a source in the sector said today. Some 70,000 jobs have been lost due to the crisis, more than half of what the tourism industry generates “Some 70,000...

Costa Rica’s new Minister of Tourism reveals plans to increase sustainable tourism to the country

Maria Amalia Revelo, Costa Rica's new minister of tourism, has revealed her plans to increase tourism to Costa Rica over the next four years. With over 40 years of experience in the airline, tourism and hospitality industry, Revelo has an ambitious agenda to continue placing...

Anit-Government Protests Have Hit The Heart Of Nicaragua’s Tourism

Granada, the heart of tourism in Nicaragua has stopped beating. Almost all tourists have fled Granada, leaving behind a desolate town that is called by many the “Paris of Central America”. The famous Granada road, where tourists came to eat, drink and listen to music,...

Costa Rica Readies To Attract More Cruises

Costa Rica set a goal of attracting more cruise ships to its ports, not only because of the number of passengers who invest their money in tours and the possibility of returning but also because of the opportunity for domestic producers and the generation...

Nicaragua and Losses in the Tourism Sector

Due to the crisis affecting the country, the tourist sector union estimates that hotels, hostels and restaurants are facing losses of around US$100 million. As a result of the social crisis that the country has been suffering from for two weeks, representatives from the National...

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,...

Costa Rica: Then and Now

(From Suitcase and Heels) I wasn’t planning on travelling this winter/spring. I really wasn’t. I told all my friends as much. I made plans for how I’d squirrel away money instead to pad up my savings account. I was a bit tired of always playing...

Campaign Seeks To Reactivate Tourism and Economy of Playa Jacó

The growing lack of opportunities in the area of Jacó in Puntarenas led area businesses to seek a solution to return the town as it was before. According to the Jaco area businesses, for some time now, the community has seen a reduction in tourists,...

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,...

Popular things to do in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a very popular vacation destination, whether you are looking for complete relaxation or an action packed trip, and visitors to Costa Rica can choose from a wealth of fun activities that are sure to suit their tastes. Here are some of...

In the age of cheap flights, city breaks and world cruises, how to make your holiday better for the environment

Recently surfaced before and after shots of Benidorm – a seaside resort on the eastern coast of Spain – capture the physical transformations that have taken place in the region in less than 50 years. Gone is the small fishing village of single story houses...

The Impact of Costa Rica’s Business Tourism

The 60 conventions planned for the next five years in Costa Rica will bring together more than 32,000 people and have an economic impact of almost $180 million. From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, "The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT),...

Eco-tourism in Costa Rica

Nature reserves in rainforests, protection programs for threatened flora and fauna, organically farmed cacao for cocoa production - Costa Rica is known for all that, and has a reputation as an ecological role model. When I visited I tried to track down practical examples of...

Tourism Slows Down In Costa Rica Due To Drop In Visitors From The U.S.

The arrival of tourists to Costa Rica grew only by 1.3% in the first eight months of the year with respect to the same period in 2016, especially affected by an overall fall of 3.4% in the arrival of U.S. tourists. The deceleration has 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 Big Business

Costa Rica tourism, foreign travel to the country,  generated US$4 billion dollars in income between July 2016 and June of this year. Expenditures of dollars for trips abroad from Costa Rica have also increased. Between July last year and June 2017, an accumulated amount of US$885...

Nicaragua’s Inexplicable Obstacle to Tourism

Q COSTA RICA - Nicaraguan immigration authorities have introduced a new and inexplicable measure that requires foreigners who intend to enter the country to file a "notice of entry" seven days in advance. The Nicaragua business sector has expressed concern. The Consejo Superior de la...

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...

Modern slavery and tourism: when holidays and human exploitation collide

Holidays are a privilege that many who are fortunate to take them look forward to. They are an opportunity to indulge, relax and recharge – and what could be better than being able to do so while doing good? But the costs of production of...

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in...

Are Tourists In Costa Rica Getting Screwed Over? You Decide!

Costa Rica, characterized as a jewel for tourism, last year alone visited by more than 2 million tourists, half of which were Americans, can you imagine the bitter experience by some paying more than US$120 (¢70,000 colones) for a bottle of Cacique? Or Agua...

Popular Places That Don’t Want Any More Tourists (List)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g7-4gf76s4] Q TRAVEL - Costa Rica welcomes tourists. Ranked as one of the most visited international destinations, tourism is one of Costa Rica's main sources of income. Since 1999, tourism has become a major source of income, taking the lead ahead of bananas, pineapples...

Colombia’s tourism industry benefits from peace deal

After the deal was signed in 2016, Colombia has had an inflow increase of 14.5 % compared to 2015 The peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas helped Colombia consolidate itself as a top tourist destination. It is evidenced by the increase in the number of...

In booming Old Havana tourist quarter, Trump speech puts Cubans in a bad mood

© Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images A man wearing a T-shirt with a U.S. flag design walks along a street of Havana on June 16, 2017. TODAY CUBA, HAVANA — Cuban families gathered anxiously around their television sets in March 2016 when then-President Barack Obama made his...

Argentina Closes Deals with US on Tourism, Lemon Imports and Declassified Documents

(Q24N) The impact of the meeting between Argentina President Mauricio Macri and United States President Donald Trump this week is already taking shape, as new policies and information have come to fruition regarding the past and future relationship of the two nations. Lemon imports The province of...

Costa Rica Exonerates Millions of Dollars In Fuel Tax To Airlines

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica exonerated US$226 million dollars (¢128.501 billion colones at the current exchange rate) of the fuel tax on passenger and cargo airlines in the last five years. The figure is from information requested from the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of...

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...

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