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Survey reveals what some think about traveling in times of pandemic

QTRAVEL - Surely, in recent days, you have read that Costa Rica is opening its air borders to more international tourists, adding more areas from the United States. From that, a myriad of concerns arise, but the one that must be turning around in most...

Want to learn a foreign language? Alcohol Improves Your Skills, Says Study

(Q TRAVEL) Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King’s College London gathered 50 native German speakers, all of whom had recently learned to speak Dutch at Maastricht. The participants were then either given a low dose of alcohol or a control beverage...

Is entry into the European Union based on physical location or nationality?

(QCOSTARICA) On July 1 the European Union (EU) Member States approved a list of 15 countries, considered as 'safe' due to their epidemiological situation related to the Coronavirus. Costa Rica is one of the countries not on the list. But, is entry into a EU...

Costa Rica is fertile land for “revenge tourism” by Americans

(QCOSTARICA) Betting on the sense of "revenge" that Americans have for having to postpone their travels, should be one of the strategies of Costa Rica when reopening international tourism country, estimates the study by EY consultants, "Why Costa Rica?" La Republica also reports that in...

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...

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,...

Two New Yorkers find true love while stuck in Costa Rica amid coronavirus

Before the coronavirus pandemic, two New Yorkers, Matt Robertson and Khani Lee, were just beginning to get to know one another. They had been on a couple of dates and had planned a long weekend getaway in Costa Rica, but due to COVID-19, they...

Antoine Cros, Air France-KLM: “There will be an airfare war in September”

(QCOSTARICA) International air activity could normalize in October, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), but before that, airlines must gradually operate until they regain their occupancy and frequencies. In this scenario, it will be vital to reduce the cost of operation to the...

Emirates Airline Begins Conducting Rapid COVID-19 Tests For Boarding Passengers

Rico's Covid-19 Digest: This from NPR published April 15 , in a move that could be a step toward making air travel palatable to the public again, Emirates Airlines has begun conducting rapid-on site COVID-19 for passengers. The testing began with passengers on a flight...

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)...

Honduras and Belize Ink Air Transport Agreement

The governments of Honduras and Belize signed an agreement creating opportunities for the operation of the country's airfields with flights to Belize to further promote tourism. The statement issued by the government of Honduras on February 28th says that "... Within the legal framework, the...

Should I Cancel My Trip Because Of Coronavirus?

OPINION - It has been some years since I visited my birth country, Italy. And 2020 was to be the year that I and my wife would visit, get to know the country, in particular the north, from where most of my Italian friends...

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that Costa Rica should extend the “open skies” proposal that the president of El Salvador has already agreed on. “The open skies policy is necessary for passengers to have the greatest benefit at the level of...

Coming to Costa Rica? Make Sure to Taste These Foods

While it may hurt our feelings to say this, Costa Rica is not one of the top food tourism destinations in the world. And how could it be, when it has so many established, world-famous cuisines to compete with, extensively covered by the media?...

Top 10 most Googled Travel Destinations of 2019, According To Google

Google Trends has come up with a list of top 10 destinations that were most searched (on Google) in the year 2019. Based on U.S. search data, the Maldives topped the list as one of the best travel destinations of 2019. The Maldives is every beach...

10 reasons why you should never invite a Tico to your home

The Spanish magazine Matador Network published a few years back its 12 reasons why people should not invite a Costa Rican (Tico) to their home. The article, first published in November 2016, is not to take cheap shots at Ticos, rather the writer, Sergio Otegui...

Tourism is bouncing back in Nicaragua

Tourism to Nicaragua is “recovering very rapidly” following the political unrest and subsequent travel ban by the British Foreign Office. View over Ometepe Island to Volcan Concepcion, Nicaragua. Kite Aerial Photograph/Flickr Nicaragua’s minister of tourism, Anasha Campbell, in London speaking to TTG revealed tourism arrival figures...

What are the two new questions you must answer when applying for a United States tourist visa?

Costa Ricans who, since October 12, looking to obtain a tourist visa to travel to the United States, must answer two new questions, part of the changes made to the questionnaire, which now also includes indicating the applicants' social networks. The new questions to answer...

360° Photo of Volcano Arenal

360° Photograph of Costa Rica's most popular and active volcano, Arenal, the lagoon and Chato Volcano (called 'Cerro Chato' in Spanish), an inactive volcano that sits in the southeast side of the Arenal.  For more, check out this great video by Travelution SWIMMING IN A...

JetSMART Adds Colombia

Chilean low-cost carrier JetSMART this week announced new service launch to Colombia, enterting the market for the first time, with scheduled non-stop service between the country and Chile. JetSMART is owned by the same investment fund that owns Volaris and Frontier, currently has a presence...

2 Vacations All Adventurers Will Enjoy

The world is full of travel destinations that make for perfect adventure playgrounds - for children and big kids like yourself alike! It means that you will have no shortage of options to choose from the next time you look into booking an adventure...

100 Years Of Avianca

Colombia will be preparing for festivities as Avianca will celebrate its 100th birthday on December 5th, 2019. The Colombian airline is the second oldest in the world with a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. Avianca was founded in the form...

Top Tips for Honeymooning in Spain

One of the most exciting kingdoms in the whole of Europe, Spain is soaked in a varied history – one of the pivotal shapers and players in the western world. From the days of the Spanish Armada to the more recent era of world-class...

Three Americans died within a week in same resort in Dominican Republic

Miranda Schaup-Werner and her husband were enjoying their anniversary in a Caribbean holiday resort when she had a drink from the hotel room minibar, suddenly collapsed and died. That same day, another couple — Edward Nathaniel Holmes and his fiancee Cynthia Day — checked into...

Caesar salad: one of the US’s most famous dishes was invented in Mexico

It was early Friday afternoon at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest land border crossing in the world, which connects Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego in the US. Some Mexicans were returning home from a week of work, while some Americans were...

Cuban visits to Nicaragua up 900%

(AP) — More than 5,000 Cubans have visited Nicaragua so far this year, a 900% increase over the total for all of 2018, Nicaraguan officials said Wednesday. It lends evidence to anecdotal accounts from Cuban migrants who say they passed through Nicaragua en route to...

Top Eco Tourism Destinations in the World

If you consider yourself to be a fan of ecotourism, the involvement of fragile and pristine lands and touring these natural areas, you may be interested to know which areas have been ranked as the top eco-tourism destinations in the world. The revelation may fascinate...

Some people just don’t seem to know how to travel

INSIDER - At every airport and on every flight, you'll find the person who doesn't stow their tray away after their belongings go through the scanner, or who spends the duration of the journey loudly wandering up and down the aisles, disturbing passengers who...

Bringing the border closer to home, one immersion trip at a time

This unfamiliarity can make it easy for politicians to distort what’s going on there and hard for immigration advocates and social movements to muster support for their primary goal: making U.S. policies toward undocumented people and asylum-seekers more humane. What can advocates for immigrants do...

Tips for Ticos – Book a Serviced Apartment When Visiting the UK

When traveling to the UK from Central or South America, it’s like stepping off the plane into another dimension. Even with the Internet and Satellite television, the way of life is literally worlds apart. If this is your first holiday to the UK from Costa...

What Numbers Tell, and Don’t About Solo Travel By Women

Solo travel by women has grown in popularity year after year, but there are no clear data on the scale of violence against female solo travelers. Hostelworld, an online hostel-booking platform, found in a 2018 study that bookings by solo female travelers increased by 45%...

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