|Wednesday, 31 October 2012|
|GROUPO PRO IMAGEN PROMOTES COSTA RICA|
In the midst of the rain and wind brought on by hurricane Sandy, a select group of travel agents enjoyed a warm and sunny presentation on Costa Rica inside Toronto’s Novotel hotel yesterday.
|Joshua Reyes, Conferences and Tourist Information and Reggie Kieda, general manager, Aviareps
Joshua Reyes, Conferences and Tourist Information, in partnership with Groupo Pro Imagen Costa Rica, held a breakfast seminar outlining the country’s potential, offers and tourist regions.
First, Reyes gave a brief overview of Groupo Pro Imagen. “It is an initiative of the Costa Rican private sector to increase the awareness of the country as a travel destination,” he said.
The group’s mission is to ‘foster and project a strong, positive image of Costa Rica through mutual promotional efforts between the private and public sectors.’ The group includes more than 110 members, including hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and car rental companies.
Reyes then outlined the country’s seven tourist regions and what they have to offer.
San Jose and the Central Valley includes museums, national theatres, nightlife and commercial areas, easy access to rainforest, volcanoes and oceans; the Caribbean Coast offers Port of Limon for cruise ships, beaches and vegetation, the Tortuguero Canals and Caribbean and indigenous culture; Monteverde is considered a major ecotourism destination with many forest reserves; the Northern Plains is home of the Arenal Volcano, it offers windsurfing and fishing, hot springs, national parks and wildlife refuges; the North Pacific has beaches, diving and windsurfing, and nesting sea turtle reserves; the Central Pacific offers beaches and small and large scale resorts, easy access to San Jose and several ship ports; and the South Pacific has the Corcovado National Park, the Golfito Forest Reserve for offshore and inshore fishing, marine observation, and deep sea diving on Cano Island.
He mentioned that there has been rapid growth of ecotourism and adventure tourism in the country and that tourists are seeking a diversity of activities.
Reyes also emphasized the safety of Costa Rica.
“Like any other country in the world, [it] has areas where you need to be [cautious]. But the government has increased police services so [tourists] can feel safe," he said.
“Costa Rica is a beautiful place,” Reyes concluded. “It has nice, kind and helpful people and culture, and the places and views are [fantastic].”
Luis Blanco • 2012-10-31
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