Only in 2017, the country hosted hundreds of people of different nationalities and, apparently, has positioned itself as an important point of reference for business tourism.
From 2017 until 2021, Costa Rica will serve as the cradle for a total of 60 international congresses, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) after the opening of the New Convention Center.
The center is 80% completed and it’s estimated it’ll be inaugurated in April. According to ICT data, the center, in addition to consolidating the country, will allow the arrival of 32,000 participants in five years and will generate an economic impact of $ 180 million.
When we think of expanding the country’s tourism offer, we seek to enter into highly positioned industries that have in common that could be carried out throughout the country, at any time of the year and whose spending is greater than that of the vacation tourist. That is how we ventured into wellness tourism and of course congress tourism, with planned strategies that are clearly generating very positive results for the country,”
said Minister Mauricio Ventura.
Worldwide, congress tourism represents 22% of the so-called industry without chimneys and generates around $ 11,000 million a year. The attraction of these congresses is part of the ICT strategy to expand its offer.