Government Resumes Conference Center Project

The project, which is 12 years in the making, has become a priority for the Costa Rican Ministry for Tourism.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tourism Minister, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, indicated than in three months the feasibility study being carried out by the Innovation Group is due to be completed.

"Meanwhile, the working committee formed to revive and progress this initiative is now finalizing the financial arrangements for the work to go ahead," reports El Financiero on its website.

The conference center will be constructed on a site in Barreal de Heredia just north west of the Costa Rican capital and near the Juan Santamaría international airport.

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Costa Rica: New Convention Centers Announced

May 2011

Three new convention centers will open within the next three years.

With an investment of $30 million, a project promoted by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, to be built in Barreal de Heredia. is expected to completed by the first quarter of 2014.

For his part Fernando Poma, Vice President of Real Hotels & Resorts (operator of the Intercontinental Hotel chain), will announce the start of construction of a facility with a 2,700 person capacity, in Guachipelín of Escazú this July.

Managing a Convention Center

April 2013

The challenge is not only to build a site for the development of international mass events, but to plan and execute its promotion.

Javier Gámez, CEO of Cancun Center presented an exhibition entitled "Development of the tourism industry through a convention center" during the event "Costa Rica, with the pleasure of Conference Toursim."

Doubts Cast on Costa Rican Conventions Center

January 2010

The organization who will develop the Conventions Center project is unsure whether to invest in Costa Rica or Panama.

Known as "Feria Costa Rica", the $280-million project comprises an area for fairs and trade shows, two hotels, office space and a shopping mall.

"Difficulties in getting financing for buying the lots and developing the project in Costa Rica have prompted the company to explore options in Panama", reported Nacion.com. "The developers must decide where to invest in February".

Conventions Center in Costa Rica

September 2010

Tourism authorities are making progress in negotiations for land where a convention center would be developed.

Tourism Minister, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, said it is negotiating with the "Programa Integral de Mercadeo Agropecuario" (PIMA), who owns the land located in Barreal de Heredia.

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