Costa Rica recently concluded three successful days of EXPOTUR, Central America’s leading travel industry marketplace.
The event, which ran from May 14-16, in San Jose, gathered entrepreneurs from 37 countries and more than 300 tourism and hospitality businesses from the Central American region.
International participants and buyers had an unparalleled opportunity to explore tourism products and services ranging from hotels and airlines to tour operators and major attractions.
The new President Luis Guillermo Solis, Minister of Tourism Wilhelm Von Breymann as well as the president’s advisors launched Expotur at a formal presentation at The National Theatre of Costa Rica. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Wilhelm Von Breymann, congratulated everyone “at the Costa Rican Association for Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT), for playing a historic and vital role in the country during these 30 years of creating and developing this important tourism trade mart, EXPOTUR, which is today recognized as one of the leading travel expos in Latin American.”
EXPOTUR is organized by the Costa Rican Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT) and sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT). The annual event provides opportunities for networking and business development through numerous seminars and exhibitions focused on a variety of niche markets including sustainable tourism, adventure, weddings and honeymoons, wellness tourism, meetings, incentives and conventions, corporate travel, educational tourism and active adult travel, among others.
EXPOTUR generated at least $15 million in total revenue and produced over $800 million in local revenue. The event also created the opportunity for several Costa Rican businesses to sign agreements with various foreign enterprises.
“Costa Rica remains competitive at a global level, thanks to ongoing improvements and innovations made within the tourism industry, and our continued commitment to the sustainable tourism model, which continues to be the country’s top priority,” added Breymann. Recent figures show that Costa Rica has experienced a noteworthy year thus far, from January through April the country welcomed over 1 million visitors, a 6.3 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013. The new administration is extremely optimistic about tourism’s continued growth in the country.
Costa Rica and its EXPOTUR partners are committed to sustainable and responsible travel initiatives. All event attendees were asked to provide carbon credit donations to be used for the country’s ongoing reforestation efforts.