Following the example of Panama, attracting new airlines in Costa Rica has had a positive impact on the number of tourists coming into the country.
Improving a country's air connectivity is the main recipe for increasing the influx of visitors and improving the country's ranking as a destination for tourism. These elements, along with others, explain the 7% increase in the number of tourists who came to Costa Rica in January and February 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.
The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism is prepares for the first half of 2013 a business mission to China in order to reach agreements with wholesale agencies.
Travelling with the mission will be Tourism Minister Allan Flores, whose aim is to sign an Trade Air agreement, which would complement the memorandum of understanding for the establishment of air services, signed last August during the visit of President of the Republic Laura Chinchilla .
After having missed the deadline for renewing the period for the committee to analyze changes in order to make the System for Banking Development more diligent, the project remains stalled in Congress.
The work of the committee dates from May 2010 and the aim was to decide how to use the $320 million.
Competing with giants like Mexico and Brazil, Costa Rica managed to attract 40,000 health tourists in 2010 and hopes to attract more with a variety of value added medical tourism offers.
Emphasizing treatments for Parkinsons, drug addiction, alcoholism and stress, including holistic therapies, Costa Rica is aiming to maximise opportunities in medical tourism, which attracted some 40,000 visitors in 2010, according to the Council for International Promotion of Medicine in Costa Rica (Promed).
The consolidation of medical tourism should help attract more foreign visitors and increase revenue in the country, which amounted to $288 million for these activities in 2011.
Ecotourism is not sufficient to promote the arrival of more foreign visitors to Costa Rica, estimates the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, and it therefore intends to increase its efforts to promote the country as an attractive destination for medical tourism and international conventions relating to this field.
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