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Costa Rica Looks to South America for Tourists

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Costa Rica hosted a private showing of its best tourists spots in Guanacaste to a group of tour operators from South America, who arrived on Liberia airlines as part of a promotion of its new direct flight from Panama to Guanacaste.

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Costa Rica attracts tour operators from South America

Copa Airlines, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (CATURGUA) and representatives of private tour of the region received this month in the province the first group of tour operators in South America, who arrived in Liberia as part of promoting the new direct flight between Panama and the Daniel Oduber Airport, scheduled to start operations from June.

The first South American tour operators -85 people from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay visited Guanacaste 18 to April 22, through a special charter flight from Panama, where they were transported from South America on Copa Airlines.

“Our intention is that wholesalers know firsthand the Guanacaste destination so they can offer it with property in different countries,” said Elisa Brenes, Regional Manager for Central America Copa Airlines.

“It was the first major joint effort between Copa Airlines, the government of Costa Rica represented by the ICT, and private enterprise of Guanacaste and surrounding areas, and we hope to repeat to boost tourist destination in the Latin American market,” said the Manager.

The Tourism Minister Allan Flores, said that this new flight strengthens trade relations with Copa Airlines and boost the country’s goal focused on the diversification of markets and investment by destination is as important as South America, a region over time is characterized by having a very strong economy, so the arrival of the 85 South American visitors to our country, represents an important effort in tourism promotion and positioning of the Costa Rican destination.

During the tour, visitors were exposed to the hotel infrastructure Guanacaste area with lodging and tours of the Westin Playa Conchal Resort, JW Marriott, Four Seasons Resort, Hilton, Peninsula Papagayo, Flamingo Beach Resort, Allegro Papagayo, Villas Sol Occidental Papagayo, Grand Papagayo and Marina Papagayo. Also visited Palo Verde National Park, Hacienda Guachipelín, a tour by sea on a catamaran and made inspection tours to areas of La Fortuna and Monteverde, where they had opportunity to meet with tourism operators in those areas.

The tour also served to that wholesalers had a chance to meet with tour operators in Guanacaste, La Fortuna and Monteverde, close deals and manage packages tailored to their markets.

With the new route Panama-Liberia, one of the four recently announced to start operations from June 2012 – Copa Airlines expects to promote tourism development, economic and social development of those territories, which are among the most important in Costa Rica .

“The arrival of thousands of tourists and business travelers from the Caribbean, Central and South America to these areas will become a catalyst-friendly Costa Rica. It also opens the possibility for tourists and especially entrepreneurs can connect directly to 63 destinations in 29 countries across America and the Caribbean to the Copa Airlines serves, “said Pedro Heilbron recently, President of the airline.

Copa Airlines has chosen to back the opening of the Panama-Guanacaste because of the strong position internationally in the region as a tourist destination and adventure, which will receive first jet flight from Latin America. This is the second destination of Copa Airlines in Costa Rica (San Jose was the first international destination for the airline since 1960).

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