Costa Rica means business. Following its impressive win during the 2014 World Travel Awards — the Oscars of the travel industry — this Central American hotspot continues to wow business travelers, meeting planners and convention attendees with its unparalleled array of facilities, amenities and business-minded options.
In 2014, the capital city of San Jose was named Mexico & Central America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination by the World Travel Awards. But the destination isn’t resting on its laurels; in fact, the city and the nation are upping the ante, with the first national convention center slated to open in 2016 with over 51,000 square feet and over 27 acres of eco-friendly exhibition space, as well as breakout rooms, the latest modern amenities and easy access to the capital’s best hotels and event venues.
It’s no surprise that Costa Rica leads the region in terms of options for meetings, events and business travel. Start with its central location between North and South America, which makes Costa Rica geographically convenient for a wide variety of travelers and attendees. In addition, the nation’s extensive international air service and superior infrastructure makes it easy for business travelers to arrive and move about the country to various venues. And the fact that Costa Rica is a world-famous vacation destination only makes it that much more attractive, since it can motivate attendees and improve overall attendance.
In Costa Rica, groups and business travelers can choose from many major international hotel brands at a variety of price points, as well as unique independent hotel properties, all with fine-tuned service that meets the most demanding international standards. In addition, groups can make use of many options for fine dining and catering, with a sophisticated array of menu options. Meeting and event space in Costa Rica is equally noteworthy; both hotels and unique public venues offer state-of-the-art facilities for groups both large and small.
There are also plenty of unique activities for groups outside of the boardroom. Local destination management companies (DMCs) and tour operators can provide everything from VIP ground transportation and transfers to help with themed events like Costa Rican bullfights, traditional dinners, stylish dine-arounds and gala festivities in museums and historic sites. Exciting team-building events, unique corporate social responsibility opportunities and memorable pre- and post-tours to some of the country’s top attractions are also popular with businesses and organizations.
When meeting in Costa Rica, attendees go home with memories that last a lifetime, whether they choose to zip line through lush rainforests, hike beside stunning volcanoes, join a surf class on the Pacific coast or go whale watching. Championship golf, indulgent spas and some of Central America’s best beaches are also big selling points.
It’s easy to see why Costa Rica is a natural choice for groups looking to make their meeting, incentive or event not only productive, but also enjoyable and memorable. Few destinations on earth provide such an impressive combination of well-equipped meeting space, world-class accommodations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Costa Rica is truly paradise for groups.