USA wants more tourists from Central America

As the nation with the greatest potential visitors, the U.S. has chosen Costa Rica as the site of an Advisory Council to promote the northern country as a tourist destination throughout Central America.

Friday, June 13, 2014

After receiving complaints about the amount of paperwork that has to be filled out and visa requirements needed in order to visit the country for tourism as well as the slow speed of processing, the government has decided to implement the Brand USA Act, to streamline procedures and facilitate the promotion of the country as a tourist destination.

"... The organization is coordinating its activities with hoteliers, travel agents, airlines and other tourism operators in each country. The work consists of offering package deals which provide transportation, lodging and tours, as well as facilitating migration requirements, so that more Central Americans can visit the U.S. " notes that "... The U.S. government has allocated $100 million to an initial program to promote their country and requested that Brand USA finds a further $100 million. These resources are being managed through coordination with private tourism businesses said Benjamin Diaz, representative of Brand USA for Mexico and Central America."

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"Annually, about 2.5 million passengers use the Tocumen airport as a connecting point for travel to other destinations.

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