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Covid-19: Private labs will test anyone who travels to countries that require testing

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, announced this Tuesday afternoon an agreement for private laboratories to help in conducting covid-19 tests for travelers bound for the United States, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries that require a negative covid-19 test...

Tourist arrivals to Costa Rica fell 68% last year compared to 2019

QCOSTARICA - Arrivals of foreign tourists to Costa Rica by all routes fell 67.7% last year, compared to 2019 figures, although that third is estimated to be a good result in the middle of a pandemic. According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de...

ICT seeks to make COVID-19 tests cheaper for tourists returning to the United States

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica's Tourism Board, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) said Wednesday that is coordinating with private laboratories the lowest possible cost of covid-19 tests for Americans visiting the country and locals who want to travel to the United States. The ICT announcement...

Costa Rica recovers air routes, but international tourism remains lukewarm

QCOSTARICA - The country recovered most of the air routes that were frozen due to the Covid-19 pandemic, confirming the return of 17 international airlines that had slowed down their operations to avoid economic losses. Despite this significant recovery, tourist traffic is lukewarm, to the...

Costa Rica ranks as the best destination for retirees in the 2021 global index

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica was placed in the first place as a destination for retirees in 2021, according to the annual ranking by International Living (IL), surpassing countries such as Panama, Mexico, Colombia and Portugal. According to IL's Annual Global Retirement Index 2021, which has...

Jetblue resumed flights to Liberia with direct flight from Los Angeles

QCOSTARICA - This Saturday, December 19, the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste (LIR)received the new JetBlue flight from Los Angeles International Airport, California (LAX). JetBlue is one of the eight airlines that returned to Costa Rica after the border closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jetblue's maiden...

Costa Rica’s Tourism reports losses of $3 billion and affecting 100,000 families

QCOSTARICA - Around US$3 billion in losses and direct impact on some 100,000 people are part of the effects caused by the crisis in the Costa Rican tourism sector this year. According to the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) the main impact has been due...

Five Ways Costa Rica can Secure Travel Leadership into 2030

As the world looks at 2021 and the beginning of a post-COVID future, Costa Rican Vacations CEO Casey Halloran looks at how Costa Rica's travel industry can pull itself out of the ashes and become true leaders in the next decade. No matter which way...

Incop revamp the Golfito pier pending the reactivation of the cruise industry

QCOSTARICA - The Golfito port terminal was renovated pending the reactivation of cruise activity in the Pacific, after almost 10 months of impact on the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. These works, planned before the health emergency by the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific...

US arrivals to Costa Rica quadrupled in November

QCOSTARICA - The opening of the air borders on November 1 to all nationalities has resulted in an increase in visitor arrivals, in particular visitors from the United States. According to a report released on Monday, December 7, by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT),...

Without vaccine, it would take up to 4 years for the Costa Rica to recover pre-pandemic tourism figures

QCOSTARICA - Without a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it would take Costa Rica between 3 and 4 years to recover the tourist arrival rates reported prior to the health emergency. That is the estimate made by the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, who...

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...

Campaign seeks to position Los Chiles as a tourist destination

TODAY COSTA RICA - Tourism entrepreneurs and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) seek to give a new face to the canton of Los Chiles, in the north of the country, to position it as a tourist destination. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged small and medium-sized...

Open letter to the Minister of Tourism: Time to get serious

QCOSTARICA - OPINION - Dear Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura Sancho, as you have mentioned on various occasions, tourism is the engine that drives Costa Rica's economy. Following your momination to the post on July 8, 2020, you referred to the three key axis in...

Costa Rica extens hours on beaches

QCOSTARICA - "Sun and beach tourism is the cornerstone of our industry, expanding visiting hours allows the country to continue reactivating employment," Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura reported on Thursday, in announced that beaches will be open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 10...

Tourism sector estimated 50% cancelled reservations over the weekend

QCOSTARICA - The protests and roadblocks caused the cancellation of around 50% of the reservations planned in the tourism sector, for the past weekend, a blow considered very strong when the industry is just recovering., according to a telephone survey carried out by the...

Nicaraguan tourist transport asks Costa Rican open border

(QCOSTARICA) The president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tourist Transport, Enrique Quiñónez, said last Friday that three companies in the sector sent a letter to the Costa Rican president, Carlos Alvarado, requesting the opening of the land border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, closed...

KLM to resume flights in October; Air France and Edelweiss push back dates

(QCOSTARICA) The Dutch airline KLM announced that it would resume direct flights to Costa Rica starting next month, while Air France and Edelweiss are expected to start October 31 and November 1, respectively. KLM foresees the reactivation of its operations in the country on October...

How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come

In late 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published its “Economic Performance of the Airline Industry” report. It contained a 2020 forecast of 4.1 per cent growth in global air traffic demand and net post-tax profits for North American airlines of US$16.5 billion. Travel...

El Salvador: Hotels at Risk of Bankruptcy

Managers of the Salvadoran Association of Small Hotels of El Salvador (Hopes) claim that hotels and the tourism sector were among the first to receive the economic impact of the crisis resulting from the health emergency, and will be among the last to recover. Leonor...

Costa Rica airports to reopen to tourists on August 1!

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, announced this afternoon Costa Rica's borders to international tourists will be opened on August 1, 2020. The border restrictions will be extended, again, to July 31, 2020, where only Costa Ricans and legal residents (who did not leave...

Tourism Sector: “We Need Phase 3”

(QCOSTARICA) The tourism sector is requesting phase 3 of the reopening program laid out by the government last month, necessary to give the economy a breather, that includes among other things, the return of international tourists and extending the hours of the beaches. Tourism entrepreneurs...

Travel agencies “demand” of the government a clear date to restart tourism

(QCOSTARICA) Although they agree that the reopening of borders to international tourists is something that must be carried out gradually, the Costa Rican Association of Travel Agencies - Asociación Costarricense de Agencias de Viajes (ACAV) - considers that it is time for the government...

Opening to international tourism would start with countries without magnified transmission of COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) Without giving a specific date, including not commenting if the current restrictions of the arrival of tourists will be lifted or extended, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, confirmed that the eventual opening of borders for international tourism will take place gradually and...

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...

Concentration of COVID-19 cases is no longer in the Metropolitan Area

RICO'S COVID-19 DIGEST - My first thought while listening to the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, on Wednesday announced 86 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day, the highest recorded in a 24-hour period since the first case on March 6, was here...

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...

Costa Rica is betting on ‘staycations’ to keep tourism afloat

(The World) On a recent weekday afternoon, Alberto Hernández tended to his vegetable garden near the popular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, high in the mountains of Costa Rica. Normally, Hernández, a guide, would not be home. He would be guiding tourists along forest trails,...

Moody’s changes the outlook on Costa Rica’s ratings to negative from stable; affirms B2 ratings

Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday (June 2) changed the outlook on Costa Rica's ratings to negative from stable. Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed Costa Rica's B2 long-term issuer and senior unsecured bond ratings. The negative outlook reflects Costa Rica's increased funding risks due to higher borrowing...

Rubén Pacheco: “Tourism is in a race with the lion at its back”

The re-opening of international flights, the modification of sanitary regulations, and financial support, all done in a moderate but in a consistent manner, are key to reviving the tourism sector that contributes the most to the national economy. That is the opinion of Rubén Pacheco,...

Decree reduces price of jet fuel in order to encourage tourism

The price in Costa Rica of jet fuel will be reduced by eliminating the subsidies on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), bunker, asphalt and asphalt emulsion. The measure is concretized through a decree and is part of the plan promoted by the government for the revival...

Big savings in fuel purchases helps maintain abundance of dollars in the market

The strong savings that Costa Rica is having in the purchase of fuels due to the pandemic contributes to the internal foreign exchange market remaining in surplus, despite the reduction in income from tourism. According to data provided by Recope, the State entity that purchases...

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