The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic Coast (JAPDEVA) signed an agreement for ¢93 million for the development of specific projects that seek to strengthen the dock area for cruise tourism in Limón.
The agreement specifies that the Board will allocate the sum of ¢46.7 million and the ICT will provide ¢47 million. The term of the agreement is 3 years.
In addition to the technical coordination, it will cover the construction of a new sanitary facility, modification of the existing health facility as well as the necessary requirements, such as furniture and equipment, modular space for migration, information, among others, so that this cellar becomes a suitable terminal for cruise passengers care.
ICT will be responsible for the definition of projects and their categorization. This agreement is expected to facilitate the implementation of specific agreements to strengthen the area of cruise tourism, improve the competitiveness of the province and promote small and medium entrepreneurs and employment growth in the Atlantic region.
In spite of the country’s consolidated worldwide image, two coasts and a recognized touristic product that captivates demand, cruise arrivals figures have been declining over the years, forcing us to determine whether these cruise lines decided to go for things like lack of promotion, infrastructure and rising costs. But, beyond analysis, we need to act and that is why this agreement represents the starting point to give Limón another face and position as an attraction for the cruise industry destination,”
said Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism.