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Costa Rica tourism entrepreneurs report millions lost to bad weather, street protests

Flooding in recent weeks and road blockades staged by porteadores on Wednesday caused losses in the tourism sector at a time when businesses expected to profit from the mid-year school vacations.

United Airlines confirms Costa Rica-Denver seasonal flights starting in December

The U.S. carrier will fly twice weekly to Costa Rica, both to Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber international airports.

New Southwest flights to Costa Rica from Houston, Baltimore

Southwest Air will soon offer 22 weekly flights to Costa Rica's international airports in Guanacaste and Alajuela, outside San José.

Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness

The World Economic Forum ranked Costa Rica the fourth most tourism-ready economy in Latin America. Still, tourism sector leaders believe the country “can and should rank better.”

Costa Rica’s biggest tourism fair brings together reps from 29 countries

The 31st edition of Expotur 2015 will focus on displaying Costa Rica's cultural and rural tourism options.

Costa Rica’s capital San José the next big tourist destination?

In an effort to make tourists feel more secure in downtown San José, the Tourist Police headquarters recently moved to new facilities and added 49 police officers, two police cars, six motorcycles and ten bicycles for patrolling downtown.

Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014

Tourism Ministry officials on Thursday reported that revenues from Costa Rica's travel sector last year totaled $2.6 billion, an 8.3 percent increase over the $2.4 billion registered in 2013, according to figures from the Central Bank.

Singing animals will ‘save the Americans’ (and the Canadians) in a new Costa Rica tourism ad campaign

The campaign hopes to attract a segment of overworked and overstressed North Americans who “increasingly are refusing to take time off and relax.”

Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays

Beach hotel owners were the most optimistic in the survey, reporting that they expect at least 91 percent occupancy in the Central Pacific, 89 percent occupancy in the Northern Pacific (Guanacaste), 85 percent in the Southern Pacific and 69 percent in the Caribbean.

Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop sector

Some 200 representatives of tourism chambers and associations, entrepreneurs and professionals are meeting this week at the 18th National Tourism Congress to discuss key issues to improve Costa Rica's status as a popular tourist destination.

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