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Venezuela Authorizes Foreign Currency Transactions for Tourism

Hotels in Venezueal will now be required to open a “special foreign exchange account” registered in Venezuela (Feliz Viaje).TODAY VENEZUELA – Tourism operators in Venezuela will now be able to accept payments of up to USD $500 daily, or the equivalent in other currencies,...

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...

Costa Rica Sets Record 1st Quarter Earning From Tourism

Visitors to Costa Rica, in the first three months of the year, left behind US$1.242 billion dollars, the highest amount recorded by the Banco Central (Central Bank). This quarterly amount is similar to what Costa Rica received in tourism in the entire year in...

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...

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...

Expotur 2016 Kicks Off Wednesday

QCOSTARICA - At the Parque Viva, Centro Kölbi in La Guacima, west of the San José airport, tomorrow will be one of the most important hospitality conventions hosted by a Central American country, the Expotur 2016, is being held. This year, according to the Asociación...

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,...

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...

Costa Rica Rural Tourism A Hit With Tourists

QTRAVEL (By Terri Colby, Star2.com) Deep-sea diving, zip-lining and surfing are well-known draws for tourists in Costa Rica, but another kind of soft-adventure option is gaining traction in the country: rural tourism. Costa Rica is wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, with the Caribbean on one side...

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...

Costa Rica Has One Of The Top 10 Pools In The World To Rent

QCOSTARICA - Do you love pools? If so, right here in Costa Rica there is one of the 10 best pools in the world for rent on Airbnb. AirBnB may be best known for its myriad of affordable apartment listings, but the site is also...

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...

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...

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...

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%...

The 7 Best Places To Live Rich Without Much Money (Not Costa Rica)

(QCOSTARICA TRAVEL) Following is a list of cities around the world to live rich withoug much money, so that you can bring your dreams to life. Notice that Costa Rica did not make this list! 1. Alicante, Spain Alicante is a city that has mastered the art...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bottom Line On Tourism; The People Ain’t Coming!

QCOSTAIRCA BLOG - Living in Costa Rica is way too close to the Wizard of Oz who might actually be running this country? Despite the hyperbole, Costa Rica or as some call it Paradise or "Pura Vida" is in a world of economic hurt...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Tourist Traffic Increased 30% Today, According to Costa Rica Tourism Board

QCOSTARICA - After the restoration of normal operations at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport, yesterday at noon, activity today was more than the usual Saturday volume with an increase of more than 30%, according to the Costa Rica Tourism Board (Instituto Costarricense de...

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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