ICT prepares business mission to attract tourists from China

Costa Rica and China

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) prepares a business mission to travel to China, which will promote Costa Rica as a destination with previously agreed appointments.

The group will travel in the first half of 2013 and the minister, Allan Flores. He announced that the goal is to sign a trade agreement Air, for the establishment of air services.

Flores explained that instead of the figure of the open skies agreement, China uses an Air Trade Agreement. In general, these two agreements meet the same objectives, the minister said.

An agreement allows, for example, using charter flights and codeshare or itinerados.

These advantages can be leveraged with the memorandum of understanding, but must be secured in the Air Trade Agreement. The two countries have the commitment to sign this in 2013, but Costa Rica aims to achieve in the first quarter of the year.

The board of the ICT, sent the manager Rolando to the China International Travel Market trade fair from 15 to 19 November, to conduct contacts with wholesalers.

The actions of Campos were supported by the Costa Rican ambassador to China, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, to make the agenda.

It is estimated that there are several wholesale travel agency in Costa Rica, bringing interested tourists.

Flores added that within the promotion in China, they made deployable in Mandarin, which is being distributed in the country.

Another step is to negotiate with the Chinese internships on a full scholarship to train officials in the tourism market of China. This year in July, the official of the ICT Emilia Gonzalez and a representative of the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (Caturgua) were the first to take advantage of the benefit.