Costa Rica participates in Seatrade Cruise Global 2021

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Costa Rica participates in Seatrade Cruise Global 2021
Source: ICT
September 29, 2021

The Central American country has an outstanding presence in the most important cruise fair in the world that takes place in Miami, Florida


From September 27 to 30, Costa Rica participates in the Seatrade Cruise Global 2021 Fair in Miami, Florida, the most important event and the main exhibition of the cruise industry in the world.
 
Seatrade brings together all stakeholders in the business, including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agencies, destinations and partners from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, the United States, Central and South America, Mexico, among other countries.
 
"The presence of Costa Rica in Seatrade Cruise Global communicates that we are ready to receive cruises in the 2021-2022 season inaugurated on September 1, we are a safe destination with health protocols," said Gustavo J. Segura, Rector of Tourism. 
 
Segura stressed that maritime tourism generates employment on the country's coasts, particularly when passengers disembark to carry out tourist activities, benefiting carriers and guides, local tour operators, artisans and gastronomy, among others.
 
Due to the importance of promoting this tourist segment, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute was accompanied to this fair by representatives of the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports (INCOP) and the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic Coast of the Coast Rica (JAPDEVA). Jill Salmon, general manager of JAPDEVA, and Juan Ramón Rivera, chief of INCOP, accompany the ICT representatives.
 
Attractive destination
 
During the fair, meetings will be held with the executives of the cruise lines to present them the biosecurity protocols developed for the care of cruise ships, their passengers and crew, as well as meetings with representatives of the Florida and Caribbean Cruise Federation ( FCCA) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
 
Costa Rica has an exhibition stand in a physical space of 100 square meters in which it offers general information about the country on cruise tourism, characteristics of the ports, tourist attractions, facilities, entry requirements, health protocols and the measures to be taken. have taken for the restart of the 2021-2022 season.
 
Since September 1, Costa Rica reopened the maritime borders for the attention of cruise ships in the Caribbean and Pacific after 17 months of closure due to COVID -19 and received the first of the vessels in the port of Golfito last 02 September.
 
Costa Rica allows the entry of cruise ships with passengers with the complete vaccination scheme against Covid-19 for 95% of the crew and 100% of the passengers of vaccination age. 
 
Our country traditionally received around 250 thousand cruise passengers annually. In 2019, the cruise industry generated an economic impact of more than US $ 29.2 million and created more than 10,000 jobs in the country's port cities.
 
Seatrade Cruise Global calls more than 140 tourist destinations and more than 80 cruise lines, which represents at least 74.0% of executives who make decisions to establish the destinations where cruise ships will arrive.
 
The event was suspended due to the pandemic in April 2020 and April 2021, resuming the presence again for this month of September at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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