Bureaucracy Affects the New Convention Center

In Costa Rica the new convention center, still under construction, is missing out on opportunities to promote itself overseas due to a delay in the tender to hire a company to manage it.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Companies in the tourism sector state that most major events and congresses are negotiated up to two years in advance, and because the convention center does not have an management company to set rental rates for the site and other aspects, the possibilities for promoting it abroad are reduced.

See "Award: Convention Center for $32 million"

Pablo Solano, Executive Director of the Costa Rica Convention Bureau, explained to Nacion.com that "...while the building is being constructed the country can promote it as a tourism destination of this type, which is very important and laudable. However, he warned, customers need information about rates, types of contracts, possible promotions for use over several days and other details that have to be decided on by the management or negotiated with them."

The tender has not yet been published because the comptroller questioned the type of tender that the Ministry of Tourism intends to use to grant the concession. The Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura, explained that they are now in the process of defining a new procedure in order to be able to carry out the call to participate.

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