• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rican courtship of U.S. tourists to be turned up a notch

June 12, 2009

As the tourism industry confronts its first real crisis of the decade, Costa Rican authorities announced an initiative Wednesday they hope will reclaim the attention of the U.S. tourists, who account for more than 50 percent of its visitors.

The campaign, “Costa Rica Plus,” will be a full-throttle ad initiative, inundating the pages of the U.S. news industry, said the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). With an announced budget of $500,000, the idea is to hit newsstands with coupons, travel deals and information about the tropical beauty and biodiversity that defines Costa Rica in the minds of gringos.

According to the ICT, four major U.S. dailies – The New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times – as well as Travel Weekly magazine will all get a chunk of the ad revenue, which will be focused in the weekend travel sections.

The advertising will begin Friday and run through Aug. 9, and will consist of everything from coupons redeemable at hotels and tourist sites to travel combos between hotels and rent-a-car agencies.

The local tourism sector has been hit especially hard this year, as the global recession has found its way to Costa Rica. Unofficial numbers from early May claimed the country saw tourism numbers decrease by 13 percent in the first quarter 2009, compared to the first quarter of last year. That represents a big hit to a country where the tourism industry makes up 8 percent of the gross domestic product.

You may be interested

Sloths in Costa Rica: 11 Little Known Facts
Costa Rica wildlife
15415 views
Costa Rica wildlife
15415 views

Sloths in Costa Rica: 11 Little Known Facts

The Tico Times - March 7, 2021

Since they were first described by naturalists in the 1700s, sloths have been misunderstood. Early scientists described the slow-moving beasts…

Surge in young migrant border arrivals poses challenge for United States
Central America
3743 views
Central America
3743 views

Surge in young migrant border arrivals poses challenge for United States

Laura BONILLA / AFP - March 6, 2021

Thousands of minors without papers are arriving at the US border with Mexico, presenting President Joe Biden with a potentially…

Six arrested in Costa Rica with 1.1 metric tons of cocaine
Costa Rica
1437 views
Costa Rica
1437 views

Six arrested in Costa Rica with 1.1 metric tons of cocaine

AFP and The Tico Times - March 6, 2021

Costa Rican authorities seized 1.1 metric tons of cocaine and detained six men — four Colombians and two Costa Ricans…