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“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: 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...

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...

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...

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 Selects VoX in Canada

Correction: the original article posted by Travelweek Group referred to Costa Rica as an island. Costa Rica not an island. The Costa Rica Tourism Board has named VoX International as its public relations and communications representative in Canada. VoX will manage the Central America destination’s media...

ICT launches first outdoor promotional campaign in Madrid

"Yo estoy Pura Vida. Y tú, ¿Cuándo vienes?” (I am Pura Vida. And you? When are you coming?) reads the billboard in front of the Plaza de Cuzco, in the cold weather of the central Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain. The billboard invites...

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...

More Ticos Than Ever Are Travelling Abroad, Survey Reveals

Q COSTA RICA - The numbers are in, low airfares, the arrival of low-cost airlines and stable dollar exchange rate, has resulted in more Costa Ricans (Ticos) are travelling abroad. According to the information provided by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - the Costa...

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...

Tourism To Costa Rica Continues To Grow, But Is Alo Diversifying

Q COSTA RICA- No longer tourists come to Costa Rica only for the beaches, volcanoes or cloud forests, rather more foreigners come on business trips, to get medical treatments and study. According to the most recent data by the Central Bank (Banco Central de Costa...

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...

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...

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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