The average european tourist plans trips less than a year in advance and searches and books tour packages via the internet, without using intermediaries.
A study by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute to identify best prospectsfound that"... generally Europeans decide on their holiday destination less than a year in advance and in most cases organize their trips independently i.e., without using intermediaries. It was also found that the most used methods of finding information include recommendations from friends, search engines and online travel agencies and websites promoting the destinations.
In 2016, 19,586 meetings were held with 1.2 million participants, 695 thousand hotel rooms were occupied and an estimated economic turnover of $1 billion was generated.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute:
Guatemala April 5, 2017.With the objective of finding out the significance of the segment for Meetings, Incentives trips, Conferences and Events, (MICE), the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism, INGUAT, disseminated the results of a study that measured, among other subjects, the contribution in consumption in the tourist industry and in other economic activities, as well as in the generation of jobs.
The company's proposal states that in just two months it could start making tax
payments, putting to the test the responsiveness of bureaucracy against the speed of the real economy.
Airbnb, one of the leading global companies that is taking advantage of the momentum that the technological revolution has provided to the collaborative economy, has now created a housingsupply available for seasonal rental in Costa Rica which is equivalent to 18% of the supply of hotels.
A new official Ironman race will be held in Playa del Coco, Guanacaste, on June 18, 2017.
From a statement issued by the ICT:
SAN JOSE, CR / TAMPA Fla (June 16, 2016) -. IRONMAN today announced the addition of a new official race in Central America, Ironman 70.3® Costa Rica.The inaugural event will take place on Sunday June 18, 2017, in Playa del Coco, Guanacaste, located on the Pacific Coast.
Participating for the first time are Nicaragua and the United Arab Emirates as exhibitors, and buyers will be coming from Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Italy, Colombia and Sweden, and other places.
From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (CCIAP):
International Tourism Expo, in its seventh version, will feature more than 150 exhibition booths, which will be displaying to national and international companies, working in different areas of tourism, in 3,000 m2 of the Atlapa Convention Center in the exhibition which will be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May.
Panamanian authorities are contradicting one another regarding Tocumen Airport's ability to host flight operations from the Emirates and has confirmed they have been delayed due to lack of passengers.
Emirates airline has suspended the opening of the Panama-Dubai flight because of lack of passengers, confirmed Gustavo Him, CEO of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP). To date there are no flights registered for the Panama-Dubai journey of 17 hours and 35 minutes.
Tourism companies have denounced underspending in the budget for international promotion of the country and assert that the official figures for hotel occupancy are not real.
Industry representatives argue that the hotel occupancy rate published by the Tourism Authority merely represents a sample of some large hotels in the capital ", while data from hotels in the interior of the country are not even taken into account in the statistics. Added to this problem is the low implementation of the budget for marketing tourism in the country. According to a report by the ATP, "... as of April 30, 2015, not a single penny has been invested of the $2 million earmarked for the development of Panama as a country brand."
In 2014 the industry generated revenues of $21.2 million, 8.5% more than in 2013.
In 2014 19,000 tourists, mostly from the United States, visited the country to have a procedure or undergo treatment, whose average prices are up to four times lower than in the United States.
Tourism Minister Jose Napoleon Duarte, told Elsalvador.com that "... When medical tourism began to emerge, tourists came for dental care, but today they are also looking for specialized surgeries, treatments for cancer and heart ailments, which are gaining importance worldwide. Aesthetic plastic surgery is also experiencing a big boost. "
During the year 2.3 million tourists came into the country, of which 48% came from South America, 24.3% from North America, 12.7% from Central America and 2.5% of the Antilles.
The increase of 4.7% compared to 2013 did not solve the problem of low occupancy in hotels, because the supply of rooms also continued to rise. A drop of 20% was reported in financial income from this sector.
The Central Rail Summit 2015 will be held in El Salvador, from May 13th to 15th, where it is expected that 15 corporations from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association will be involved.
The Salvadoran Chamber of Tourism (CASATUR) hopes to have the participation of 30 union members who will be publicizing various tour packages offered by shipping lines. During the summit, which will be held in the capital, short visits will be conducted with the aim of positioning the capital as a tourist destination.
At the end of 2014 110 hotels were operating in the main tourist city of Nicaragua, where three new establishments plan to open to the public during the year.
Tax incentives granted by the Nicaraguan government have allowed employers in the hotel sector to increase their investment in Granada, which in 2014 received 521,000 tourists, according to figures from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism.
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