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Costa Rica was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination”

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Costa Rica was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination” at the 2019 World Travel Awards Latin America.

The most excellent travel brands in Latin America have been revealed at a star-studded gala ceremony in Bolivia. The cream of the travel industry gathered for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America Ceremony in the official capital, La Paz, to discover out who amongst them would be honored as best of the best.

Winners at the red carpet soiree included Colombia, which fended off stiff competition to win ‘South America’s Leading Destination’, whilst Costa Rica, with its lush cloud forests and rich biodiversity, was voted ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination’.

The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru was named ‘South America’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ and the medieval charms of Quito, Ecuador helped it lift the title of ‘South America’s Leading City Destination’.

Bolivia’s engagement to sustainability was recognized with the title of ‘South America’s Leading Green Destination’, and the mesmerizing beauty of its Salar de Uyuni recognized with ‘South America’s Leading Natural Tourist Attraction’.

Hundreds of the leading travel industries figureheads from across South and Central America attended the ceremony at Real Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “It has been an honor to bring WTA to Bolivia for the first time in our 26-year history. La Paz has proven a gracious host of what has been a spectacular evening of travel triumph, and a highlight of our 26th Grand Tour. We have had the privilege of recognizing many of the leading hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from across Latin America and my congratulations to each of them.

Other Costa Rican locations also earned regional prizes, including:

  • Gaia Hotel & Reserve (Leading Boutique Hotel)
  • San José, Costa Rica (Leading City Break Destination)
  • Costa Rica Convention Center (Leading Meetings & Conference Center)
  • Hotel Nantipa (Leading New Hotel)
  • Costa Rica Tourism Board (Leading Tourist Board)

World Travel Awards was founded in 1993. Previous winners of Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination include Mazatlán, Mexico, Ambergris Caye in Belize, and Cancun.

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Luxury brand Six Senses in Costa Rica

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Luxury brand Six Senses in Costa Rica, planning to open a new resort in Guanacaste, its first in Central America.

 

Originally started by Indo-British entrepreneur Sonu Shivdasani, Six Senses was taken by InterContinental Hotels Group at the beginning of 2019.

IHG recently announced plans for two new resorts, one in Iceland and the other on Guanacaste’s Papagayo peninsula.

Like the brand’s other properties, Six Senses Papagayo will feature wellness and sustainability when it opens in 2021. Designed by London-based architect John Heah, it will be settled 40 minutes from Liberia International Airport, which gives daily flights to and from just about every major metropolitan hub in the United States, as well as Canada and Latin American countries.

According to the Six Senses announcement, “Six Senses Papagayo” ranges from the highest point and 360-degree view of the Guanacaste archipelago to a forested beachfront dotted with 41 secluded and generously-sized pool villas.

There are also 31 one-of-a-kind residences ready for sale to owners engaged in an interesting investment opportunity along with full access to a unique resort-life experience.”


You may also be interested in Hiring a tour guide in Costa Rica: Pros and Cons

 


Reference: 

Six Senses plans new resort in Guanacaste – Costa Rica Tourism News. (2019). Costa Rica Tourism News from https://crtn.cr/six-senses-plans-new-resort-in-guanacaste/

 

 

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New rules to enter in Costa Rica

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When you enter in Costa Rica, for many years the airport time was frustratingly slow because (Among others) of the long lines that the declaration of goods used to take.

enter in Costa RicaNot anymore! Learn here about the change! 

Now it’s easier to enter Costa Rica by eliminating the paperwork of most travelers. Those who are coming with only standard baggage can do so without having to sign any declaration. 

Those who enter in Costa Rica carrying large amounts of cash, products of animal or vegetable source, and/or items to trade, and those who want to use an exemption must fill out the form. 

According to the plan behind this change, it would only be few people, and this will move the lines faster.

This change was established on June 28th, 2019. The obligation was changed through circular DGA-CIR-015-2019 issued by the Customs General Directorate. This change affects ports, airports, and land border posts.

Aside from facilitating the process and wait times of those  Costa Ricans and tourists that enter Costa Rica without anything to declare, it also concedes the authorities to concentrate on the inspections on those who must report.

Reference:

Customs Office Eliminates Goods Declaration for Travelers | The Costa Rica News. (2019). The Costa Rica News. Retrieved 19 July 2019, from https://thecostaricanews.com/customs-office-eliminates-goods-declaration-for-travelers/