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Costa Rica to sign up “Influencers” to promote tourism

QCOSTARICA - Best Place to Travel in 2021 (Costa Rica) was the title chosen by influencer Rob Strok when he released an eight-minute video among his 105,000 subscribers on YouTube with which he justified why Costa Rica is the best place to travel to...

Costa Rica reopens land borders to tourists starting April 5

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will reopen the land borders to tourists starting Monday, April 5, announced this Tuesday afternoon the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura. The land borders with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south have been closed to tourists, due to...

Tourism entrepreneurs should coddle local tourists, not scare them away

EDITORIAL - The Central Government has mandated its civil servants holidays for Semana Santa, shutting down, save for essential service, at the close of business on Friday, March 27 and re-opening, Monday morning, April 5. The shutdown will not cost the government an extra colon...

“Recovery is not just about seeing planes arriving with tourists”

QCOSTARICA - The tourism sector continues to recover slowly, while many companies struggle to see the light in an environment of uncertainty. Hotel occupancy in January was barely 30%, when normally the figure is 70% for the month in high season, according to data from...

Digital nomads from the United States, Chile and Portugal highlight the advantages of working from Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica has become an ideal destination for foreigners who choose to work remotely, highlighting digital nomads from Chile, Portugal, and the United States who have lived and worked from here, some for periods of months and in other cases for a...

In a week, Costa Rica off and on the list of risk countries in Spain for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Spain had excluded Costa Rica from the list of risk countries to enter by air for presenting a negative covid-19 test (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, or TMA) before arrival. As of February 22, Costa Rica remained off the list that includes countries in Latin America...

Costa Rica will authorize the arrival of Chinese tourists without the need for a visa, starting in March

QCOSTARICA - The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) announced Wednesday that as of March,  Chinese tourists from the cities of Beijing and Shanghai will not require a prior visa to enter the country. Exploiting a new market, at the moment the most dynamic in the...

French Tourists with Covid-19 stranded in Costa Rica call for help

"We're guilty, we're at fault for leaving. That's it, I'm saying it clearly,"  Antoine Stefanelli, one of the French tourists stranded in Costa Rica since January 25, after having tested positive for Covid-19, reports Rfi.fr. The group, made up of 22 retirees from La Poste...

Costa Rica sees ailing tourism sector stagnant in 2021 after COVID-19 blow

QCOSTARICA  - Tourism to Costa Rica will likely stagnate this year at the sharply reduced levels of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, weighing on the country's economy, said the Minister of Tourism on Saturday. Gustavo Segura said Costa Rica will in 2021 probably receive...

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...

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