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After 20 years of Waiting Costa Rica Gets News Convention Center

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The Costa Rican Tourism Institute presented preliminary designs for a new convention center located on 10 acres of land in Barreal de Heredia. Succeeding Costa Rican governments have placed the project on the agenda, but it has taken over 20 years for it to come to fruition.

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Convention Center Has a Face

For over 20 years, successive governments have placed on the presidential agenda building and operating a state convention center to house local and international major events. However, more than two decades, these promises have remained only on paper.

This time, however, it appears that the project is serious: the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and face and gave way to the initiative, the company chose to be responsible for preparing plans and the bid for award its construction. While these are preliminary designs, it is certain that the convention center will have 15,000 square meters, with an exhibition hall of 6,000 m², three times larger than it does the Ramada Plaza Herradura.

Will be located in Barreal de Heredia, on an estate of 10 hectares owned by the State and in the hands of the Integral Program of Agricultural Marketing (PIMA). Currently the project is being assessed by the National Environmental Technical Secretariat (Setena), said Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism.

The governor said that this development, which would be ready by the end of 2013 – by their nature, strategic location and type of events that will attract, promote investment in hotels and services, employment, airlines and even other smaller complexes in and out the Greater Metropolitan Area.

Of course, Flores insists that “in the world, convention centers do not generate revenue or the first, second or third year.” Last May the ICT, the National Bank and Bank of Costa Rica signed a commitment letter to fund the project. The loan is syndicated and each party will contribute $ 10 million.

Growing Market
The decision to build and operate a state convention center is justified by the global growth in this type of activities that include conferences, events, business or incentive travel groups.

Although no precise figures on how many people arriving in the country for this purpose, Pablo Solano, chief executive of Costa Rica Convention Bureau (CRCVB), acknowledged that is a segment that is growing and has a higher profile than leisure tourists and pleasure, spent an average of $ 380 a day.

“This market has a good purchasing power. If we talk about meetings (congresses and conventions) average daily spending of about $ 250 per participant and their average stay is three or four nights, “said Solano.

If it comes to incentives, the stay is five nights or more. In addition, visitors require higher quality services and enjoy several tours with at least three attractions. In fact, what ICT wants to turn the country into an international brand in attracting conventions and tourism events, but for Flores, with the current infrastructure can not compete.

Solano agrees with this objective. For him, Costa Rica enjoys a good international image, a name associated with nature and good practices towards sustainability. It also has high-level human resource of knowledge and experience. Costa Rica Convention Bureau was created in 1998 for the care and handling incentive groups and logistical development of international meetings.

It has 40 associated companies -21 of which are specialized in handling the destination-, 16 hotels, boutique and an airline. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), a worldwide organization of business travel and corporate meetings, will also Chapter Costa Rica, which will be formally announced this December 16. The entity has 5,000 members worldwide and manages more than $ 340,000 annually million in travel and business meetings worldwide.

Its regional director for Latin America, Luis Fernando Yglesias, said GBTA offers a network of 17,000 travel and meetings managers of government enterprises and the private sector. It also includes travel service providers, networking events, news, educational, professional, research, analysis and general support to the industry. Apart from these companies dedicated to providing quality care to this segment of the market, the country has a range of spaces for performing these activities.

Among them are the Ramada and the Intercontinental, which announced investments worth $ 12 million and $ 5.5 million respectively to improve and expand facilities. Similarly, the Events Center Pedregal ready a property for 6,000 people with five rooms and themall is Real Cariari, in its fifth floor, the International Conference Centre.

Learning How Others Do
For preliminary design the convention center, ICT decided to first know what they are and work more. Carlos Avendano, architect of the department of ICT for Sustainable Tourism, explained that convention centers visited nine different countries which allowed him to get an idea of why they are successful.

An important factor is that this type of building work only if you have a level. For this reason, to be built in the country will have a single floor in the nave and a second floor for other types of services. The building will house a huge area of exhibitions, five meeting rooms, nine meeting rooms, space for services such as kitchens, hallways, bathrooms, restaurant and VIP meeting rooms.

Its design will be redeemed native species of flora own colors Rican and water. At the architectural level will favor natural light, energy saving and the highlight of sculptures and national art.

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