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Iberia plans to add a fourth weekly flight to Costa Rica in December

QCOSTARICA - The Spanish airline Iberia plans to increase to four weekly flights to Costa Rica in December, as part of a general plan to recover services to Latin American countries. According to a company statement, for November it would offer three weekly flights from...

Airlines will have 300,000 seats available to travel to Costa Rica in December

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have, in December, potentially 299,822 available seats on airlines filled with tourists, according to an estimate published by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). This forecast is obtained through the OAG Schedules Analyser, based on airline schedules database and the...

Costa Rica opens air borders to tourists from Mexico and Jamaica; Ohio added to U.S. list

(QCOSTARICA) Starting October 1, citizens and residents of Mexico, Jamaica and the U.S. state of Ohio are authorized to visit Costa Rica, announced the Tourism Minister, Gustavo Segura. The announcement authorizing Mexico was received positively by the tourism sector, given that the Aztec nation is...

ICT will verify international insurance for tourists online

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) keeps refining the entry requirements for tourists following the opening of air borders on August 1 and more particular to U.S. tourists from selected states on September 1. One of the issues found my many is the verification...

“Reopening of airports not just around the corner,” Minister of Health

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, during the Thursday noon press conference at Casa Presidencial, responded to the question of the reopening of the airports to international tourists with: "It's not just around the corner". The question was put to the minister by...

ICT calls to resume tourist flights on July 1 with Europe and Canada

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT - Costa Rican Tourism Board -  reported on Wednesday, June 24, that it will arrange for the government to resume tourist flights starting July 1, first with European countries and, later, with Canada. The ICT explained that this...

ICT: Hotels have a guarantee to continue operating

(QCOSTARICA) Tourists who have reservations at different hotels in the country are not obliged to cancel their vacations. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board -  clarified that hotels are exempt from the new vehicular restrictions announced by the Ministry of Health this...

July will be a key month for Costa Rica’s tourism

(QCOSTARICA) July will be a key month for Costa Rica tourism and the revival of the economy due to the total opening of the beaches, the eventual resumption of international flights, and the financial support that will be provided to businessmen in the sector. That...

Tourist buses will return to the street under vehicular restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) After almost 3 months without being able to circulate, the transport units (big buses, small buses, minivans, etc) dedicated to tourism services ("turismo") will resume operations according to the last number on the license plate. The Public Transportation Council (CTP) approved this June 2...

Pending task: Lowering costs for tourists via taxes

(QCOSTARICA) Reducing the cost of tourist services and alleviating the burden on companies in that sector through a greater tax exemption is not among the points on the road map that the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board -  presented to rescue...

Costa Rica stands out in the world press as a destination to visit after the crisis

They miss us and we are present in the minds of potential tourists in our main markets. Remembering Costa Rica and in these weeks of quarantined in their countries, ours stands out for the diversity of natural attractions and biodiversity, the fullness that is...

Tourism in Danger by Covid-19: ICT Reports Historical Drop In Arrivals By Air In March

One of the most relevant sectors for the Costa Rican economy is declared in "Total Emergency and State of Calamity", as it is the first time in the "zero" season that total income ceases. The Board of Directors of the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)...

World Tourism Council proposes plan to save the travel sector

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) proposed a plan to rescue the sector, badly hit by the health emergency that produced the coronavirus covid-19. Due to the weight of the tourism business at the global and local level, the WTTC suggested that the governments...

How to prepare for coronavirus in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Minister of Health has warned that the novel coronavirus will arrive in Costa Rica. Although the country has no suspected or confirmed case, in the words of Minister Daniel Salas, "We cannot prevent it from reaching our country (…) there will be...

Costa Rica is the second best destination in the world for foreign investment in tourism

Having 6.5% of the world’s biodiversity in just 0.03% of the world’s territory and talent as its flagship differentiating resources amazes more than one from the moment they set foot on Costa Rican soil. Just like it did to fDi Intelligence’s judging panel who chose...

Costa Rica Keeps On Winning In Tourism

Costa Rica got into 2019 on European catwalks, fashion items, French cuisine, public roads, buses, electric cars, trams and subway stations. Also in film festivals, television programs, biodiversity conservation gardens, sporting events, and social networks. This “Only the Essentials,” tourism campaign by the Instituto Costarricense...

Touristic bet would be to receive cruises all year round

Betting on extending the cruise season annually and investing in infrastructure should be the next steps of the tourist cruise industry in Costa Rica, several experts agree. This would allow the country to improve its tourism revenues and not be left behind by its competitors...

Costa Rica Wants To End Selfies With Wild Animals

Despite being banned in the country more than 10 years ago, travelers to Costa Rica continue in large numbers to take selfies with wildlife anyway. For such, the country with more than 5% of the world's biodiversity and one of the countries with the...

These are the new rules that will regulate services such as Airbnb

In a matter of months, non-traditional hosting and their intermediation through digital platforms will be regulated by new rules. This is established by a bill - promoted by PUSC legislator Pablo Heriberto Abarca - approved in first debate by the Legislative Assembly last Thursday. The bill,...

Travelers Will Have Direct More Routes To And From Costa Rica

More flights to North America and Europe will be available to travelers at the end of the year due to the increase in both frequencies and routes. Meanwhile, there will be fewer flights with connections in the region due to the reorganization of Avianca, while...

Airbnb fears blow to Costa Rican hosts for permit charges

Airbnb fears that the initiative that is making its way through the legislative process to regulate its operation in the country will hit its hosts and discourage them from using the platform in renting out rooms, apartment, villas and houses, that has become, for...

Costa Rica Tourist Arrivals Grew 4% up to June 2019

During the first half of the year, 1.73 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica, a figure 3.9% higher than that reported in the same period in 2018, behavior that is explained by the rise in the arrival of tourists from North America.   Figures from the...

300 volunteers will clean up Playa Tamarindo

A group of some 300 volunteers who will celebrate the second anniversary of The Clean Wave Foundation will develop an environmental effort in Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, in Guanacaste. The initiative will take place on July 13 and 14 when that group - made...

International arrivals by air grew 7.8% in the first two months of the year

International arrivals by air grew by 7.8% in the first two months of the year compared to 2018, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the Instituto Costarricense de Tursimo (ICT). Between January and February, 499,693 arrivals to Costa Rica by both international airports,...

Costa Rica Tourism: Lights and Shadows

Although between 2017 and 2018 the average spending of tourists in Costa Rica fell 14%, the average spending per foreign tourist in Costa Rica increased in the last eight years by 9%, which, it is estimated, is due to a combination of more activities...

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,...

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