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  • Delta Air Lines Adding Additional Nonstop Service Between Atlanta and Liberia, Costa Rica, beginning Jan. 7
    week between its Atlanta hub and Liberia Costa Rica effective Jan 7 2004 With the addition of the two weekly flights Delta will offer customers five weekly round trip flights between Atlanta and Liberia The new flights will operate Thursday through Monday with a 148 seat Boeing 737 800 aircraft Delta currently offers service between the cities on Wednesday Saturday and Sunday We are pleased to provide Delta customers with more flights to this exciting leisure destination said Subodh Karnik Delta s senior vice president Network and Revenue Management As the only U S carrier with regular service to Liberia Delta passengers now will have the exclusive choice of flying five days a week directly between the beautiful Guanacaste region of Costa Rica and Atlanta Delta s Expanded Atlanta Liberia Schedule From Atlanta to Liberia Flight Aircraft Departs Arrives Day 295 B 737 800 10 35 a m 1 37 p m Thurs Mon From Liberia to Atlanta Flight Aircraft Departs Arrives Day 366 B 737 800 3 00 p m 7 50 p m Thurs Mon On Dec 1 2002 Delta became the first major U S carrier to offer permanent regular service between Atlanta s Hartsfield International Airport and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia Guanacaste Delta also offers daily nonstop service between Atlanta and San Jose Costa Rica Delta Air Lines the world s second largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U S carrier across the Atlantic offers 5 813 flights each day to 447 destinations in 81 countries on Delta Song Delta Express Delta Shuttle Delta Connection and Delta s worldwide partners Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations flights and services For more information please go to delta com Delta

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  • Amistad bridge opens, replaces ferry service - Costa Rica
    Taiwanese government across the Tempisque river in Guanacaste province was officially opened today Apr 10 local news sources reported The 780m bridge was constructed by Taiwanese engineers RSEA for some US 27mn and will improve access to the Nicoya peninsula a popular tourist destination on the country s Pacific coast Works began end July 2000 and were originally due by December 2002 Until now residents have had to withstand long lines and tolls to cross the river by ferry the report said The crossing has now been reduced the trip from capital San Jose to Nicoya to 3 5 hrs from 5 hrs and will be cost free The ferry will now be closed after 30 years of service Local construction company Sanchez Carvajal will begin works April 20 under the direction of the public works ministry MOPT and RSEA to finish 11 8km of access roads totaling US 5mn The bridge is the region s second largest next to Panama s 1 650m Las Americas and is expected to provide a fillip to local tourism Guanacaste receives some 530 000 tourists year BNamericas com Copyright 2003 Financial Times Ltd Note The above information is not to be used for

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  • Costa Rica
    since June As a result total arrivals grew by 4 over the year as a whole to 1 131 406 The growth that was achieved was due to the heightened intra regional flows from Central and Latin American countries and a resilient showing from the US market which managed to generate 429 093 arrivals As travel to the US dried up in the final quarter Costa Rica prospered with many high spending Latin American Miami bound tourists opting for destinations closer to home 2002 In the first quarter of 2002 international arrivals fell by 6 to 14 300 and losses in revenue amounted to US 19 million However Costa Rica is managing to intercept tourists who are cautious about travelling to the USA and according to the ICT in the first quarter of 2002 some 50 000 South American arrivals represented a growth of 20 5 against 2001 USA From Atlanta or Miami it is quicker to fly to San Jose Costa Rica than San Jose California In 2001 the ICT s TravelStyles survey conducted by Menlo Consulting was mailed to 50 000 US households selected from a pre qualified pool of respondents and found that over half expressed an interest in visiting Costa Rica California Florida Texas and New York have been identified as the regional markets offering the greatest potential whilst in socio economic terms college graduates over a third of whom have incomes exceeding US 100 000 account for 67 8 of Costa Rica s best prospects The survey also showed a high rate of Internet usage with over half of the prospects organising their previous trip online A similar proportion stated a likelihood to use a travel agent on their next trip down from 65 in 1999 Market Characteristics Costa Rica s status as a pure holiday destination is diminishing fast and since 1997 the leisure market has ceded ground to business travel In 2000 business generated 21 7 of international arrivals and holiday travel 61 5 The VFR market is also growing in importance closing in on the 100 000 arrivals mark whilst study visits usually Spanish language courses are an important component accounting for over 40 000 arrivals in 2000 The high incidence of independent and solo travel is another feature of the Costa Rican incoming market Almost 40 of arrivals travelled alone in 2000 The growing importance of the VFR and business markets ensures a high proportion of repeat visits Seasonality The dry season running between December and April is the most pleasant climatic period and therefore the most popular and consequently the most expensive time of year The first three months of the year attract most arrivals from the North American market but elsewhere the dispersal is more even Duration of stay According to CANATUR the average international visitor to Costa Rica spends 11 1 nights in the country In spite of an encroaching business segment this reasonably long duration of stay says something about the broad palate of attractions and opportunities available to the international visitor This is borne out the multiple participation of visitors in the activities outlined in Figure 10 Activities Costa Rica is beginning to shed its earlier incarnation as being predominantly a sun and sea destination and participation in this area 2000 was down to 43 4 The large proportions of people involved in the activities below are testament to the fact that arrivals travel around the country investigate different aspects and spend time doing so There have been notable increases in the proportion of visitors who are making business visits and participation in marine activities appears to have diversified Independent travel has grown in stature since 1997 when it accounted for little more than a third of trips and in 2000 its market share is far in excess of two thirds of trips Standard packages have diminished in popularity from a market share of over a quarter in 1997 to less than 10 in 2000 whilst group packages have fared the same Individually tailored specialist packages appear to have acquired a small share of this fragmentation Accommodation Almost 30 of Guatemala s hotel capacity is located in San Jose but Guanacaste and Limon with slightly below a quarter of capacity each are almost equally important The market is dominated by mid range three star properties which account for over 30 of total capacity with the four star segment 23 6 holding the second greatest share Despite the predominance of mid range establishments in 2001 it was the higher grade four and five star hotels that enjoyed the superior occupancy rates 53 5 and 59 3 respectively The first three months of the year prove to be the most popular with guests and this period scored the highest occupancy rates across all sectors in 2001 Figure 14 presents Costa Rica s monthly performance across all hotel sectors in 2001 and 2002 Whilst February and March are confirmed as peak months for occupancy the recovery post September 11th in 2002 is yet to materialise despite a significant drop in average room rate during the early peak season According to the National Hotel Chamber in September 2001 foreign arrivals dropped by 24 7 but by October this had receded to a loss of 15 2 Total year end losses were estimated at US 70 4 million Construction and investment The year 2000 saw a flurry of hotel investment amounting to some US 173 million Projects included a US 105 million Four Seasons hotel near Guanacaste Grupo Real s three star hotel Comfort Santa Ana and two Allegro Group establishments Transport Air Juan Santamaria International Airport just outside San Jose is served by 17 international airlines Costa Rica is connected to the USA by the carriers American Delta United Continental and Grupo Taca Airlines Sansa is Costa Rica s largest domestic airline operating daily services from San Jose to 15 internal destinations Operational since 1980 Sansa s fleet now numbers 43 aircraft Nature Air is another domestic carrier serving 16 destinations from San Jose s Paras airport In 2001 arrivals by air accounted for almost 72 of the total international visitors compared with 73 5 in 2000 however they still managed a 1 4 increase during the troublesome course of the year Those losses incurred were mostly from the minor regional markets where road travel is predominant North America effectively the USA sustained its 59 share of the air arrivals market during 2001 and also managed to expand by 2 3 South American air arrivals still only account for 11 of the total but their numbers have grown by 43 6 since 1999 to mark them as an emerging and expanding market Road In 2001 arrivals by road grew by 16 6 to almost 380 000 and a market share of 27 2 up from 24 2 a year earlier Arrivals from the major North American market grew enormously possibly in response to a fall off in air arrivals at the close of the year The greatest increases both in terms of volume and proportion were from neighbouring Central American countries Cruise Costa Rica s incoming cruise market has been in strong decline since 1999 when capacity was slashed and arrivals fell by almost 20 Organisation Promotion According to a survey by Camara Nacional de Turismo over half of international arrivals in 2000 had decided to visit Costa Pica upon the recommendation of friends or relatives who had done so themselves The next greatest influencing factor was work or college 16 of responses followed by newspaper articles 10 3 This rightly suggests that the impact of government promotion is minimal In 2002 the tourism promotion budget rose to US 9 million thanks to a US 1 8 million injection as part of a recovery plan This was put into perspective by the fact that in the USA Florida alone spent US 44 million on promotion Cost effective online promotion presents cause for optimism and in the first three weeks of 2002 the Costa Rican Tourism Institute s website received in excess of 70 000 hits up from 24 000 the previous September USA Costa Rica s promotional efforts are largely focused on the US market Following September 11th efforts were intensified with a new advertising campaign 100 Costa Rican aimed at high to medium income American travellers These newspaper advertisements which appeared 43 times in the nation s top ten publications celebrated Costa Rica s natural beauty and biodiversity and emphasised the opportunities for golf scuba diving fishing adventure and hiking tourism Colombia Colombia is another source market which has been targeted as part of a regional drive to attract more South Americans and in early 2002 the Foreign Minister and Costa Rican tourism business representatives visited the country in a bid to stimulate interest So far this has yielded the incentives of fare reductions on Avianca Airlines routes from Colombia and added reductions for members of the Colombian National Golf Federation West Caribbean Airlines have also increased Colombian services from Cartagena and San Andres and plan to add another flight from Medellin The future After the fall out of September 11th compromised Costa Rica s tourism industry the new administration of President Abel Pacheco issued a decree deeming tourism to be a socio economic activity of high priority This followed on from US 210 billion worth of government investment in tourism projects in 2000 compared with a mere US 23 million in 1999 The decree seeks to ally the tourism ministry with the private sector represented by the Chamber of Tourism CANATUR and also create a National Tourism Promotion Board Protur The Costa Rican Tourism Institute ICT has contributed US 17 5 million towards this drawn from its 3 tax on hotel rooms and 5 tax on airfares CANATUR has also called for the construction of an international convention centre and the completion of road construction projects at Lake Arenal Playa Tamarindo and bridges between Partita and Quepos Financially the aim is to generate an additional US 400 million in revenue by 2005 Ruben Pacheco is faced with the task of restructuring and renovating the Costa q Tourism Institute ICT through a ten year plan which seeks to work in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and Public Works the Costa Rican Electricity Institute ICE and the Water and Sewage Department The ICT is sympathetic towards the demands of CANATUR particularly the need for a second airport The ICT has also spoken of the need to increase direct flights and seat capacities to Costa Rica particularly through targeting airlines in Europe The country s ports including Limon and Puntarenas have also been earmarked for development in order to welcome cruise ships and stimulate interest in yachting and sport fishing Costa Rica s coasts are home to its poorest citizens and the ICT is seeking to raise tourism income in these areas through training programmes to improve the product for visitors Sustainable tourism The government has been actively protecting its parks and reserves since the 1960s and today around a third of Costa Rica s territory is currently under some form of protection The authorities are determined that the country s most saleable asset its natural beauty should not be undermined Costa Rica s Sustainable Tourism Certificate CST programme was developed by the tourist board and has been adopted by the World Tourism Organization s Sustainable Tourism Commission as the model to be implemented in destinations worldwide The CST programme ascertains the sustainability of those businesses and hotels that voluntarily put themselves forward for an evaluation of their physical interaction with the surrounding environment their management policies and operational systems their interaction with external clients and their interaction with local communities Participants are then awarded leaves in a score system running from zero to a possible total of five In 2000 the WTO commission the UN and US representatives gathered in Heredia to formulate a global strategy for sustainable tourism and grant Costa Rica a two year presidency The Costa Rican Tourism Institute ICT and the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation JICA have investigated how systematic planning can secure sustainable growth in particular at the Pacific peninsulas of Osa and Nicoya The benefit of ecotourism is that the financial benefits go to the local community as opposed to private business as is often the case with all inclusive beach compounds Outlook Ruben Pacheco has lamented that private industry government and local communities all remain unaware of tourism s importance and its ultimate potential for the country He has also called for the implementation of a national tourism training plan Costa Rica currently thrives on its reputation as a paradise of flora and fauna and its tourism product is diversifying further and further beyond the unspoilt beach resort image of some years ago Once this has been safeguarded and secured with a sustainable ecotourism product it will seek to supplement this with secondary complementary experiences such as golf courses beach resorts museums and casinos FIGURE 1 MAJOR GENERATORS OF CURRENCY 1996 2001 US mn Micro Tourism Coffee Bananas electronics 1996 688 6 385 4 631 1 1997 719 3 402 3 577 3 1998 987 2 883 5 409 5 667 5 1999 2 558 6 1 036 1 288 7 629 0 2000 1 653 5 1 229 2 273 7 546 1 2001 810 1 1 278 6 161 8 515 9 Source Banco Central de Costa Rica FIGURE 2 BALANCE OF TOURISM ACCOUNT 1992 2001 US mn Receipts Expenditure Balance 1992 431 1 223 3 207 8 1993 577 4 266 5 310 9 1994 625 7 299 8 325 9 1995 659 6 320 6 339 0 1996 688 6 334 9 353 7 1997 719 3 357 7 361 6 1998 883 5 408 0 475 5 1999 1 036 1 445 9 590 2 2000 1 229 2 482 2 747 0 2001 1 277 6 467 0 810 6 Source Banco Central de Costa Rica FIGURE 3 AVERAGE DAILY EXPENDITURE 1997 2000 1997 1998 1999 2000 Under 15 11 9 12 5 13 8 7 7 15 50 32 1 35 3 30 4 32 9 50 85 21 7 23 3 20 3 23 2 85 120 12 9 9 4 10 7 11 9 120 155 8 9 7 2 8 4 7 6 155 190 4 0 3 5 3 9 4 9 190 225 3 4 2 5 3 6 3 5 Over 225 51 1 6 3 8 9 8 3 Total 100 0 100 0 100 0 100 0 Source Camara Nacional de Turismo FIGURE 4 INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS BY SOURCE 1999 2001 Country 1999 2000 2001 change Canada 45 565 52 696 52 661 0 1 USA 392 556 429 725 429 093 0 1 Mexico 31 875 33 432 36 841 10 2 North America 469 996 515 853 518 595 0 5 Guatemala 33 677 33 191 32 574 1 9 El Salvador 28 572 31 149 35 054 12 5 Honduras 26 400 24 338 27 174 11 7 Nicaragua 168 447 143 142 171 583 19 9 Panama 53 565 54 646 53 892 1 4 Central America 310 661 285 466 320 277 11 8 Cuba 3 585 3 570 3 578 0 2 Dominican Republic 3 921 3 906 3 668 6 1 Jamaica 785 802 894 11 5 Trinidad Tobago 445 456 501 9 9 Caribbean 9 327 9 450 9 298 1 6 Argentina 10 805 15 823 16 098 1 7 Brazil 4 806 5 560 5 847 5 2 Chile 6 252 7 624 7 333 3 8 Colombia 26 704 40 458 47 547 17 5 Ecuador 6 749 5 435 5 539 1 9 Peru 6 173 6 883 6 718 2 4 Venezuela 8 372 10 142 10 782 6 3 South America 73 340 95 612 103 917 8 7 Germany 24 622 26 475 23 995 9 4 Spain 27 031 26 877 26 916 0 1 France 11 531 12 797 15 558 21 6 Netherlands 15 612 18 994 18 119 4 6 UK 17 215 18 256 18 922 3 6 Italy 17 215 18 736 16 479 1 5 Sweden 2 616 2 998 2 814 6 1 Switzerland 9 149 10 061 9 898 1 6 Europe 141 331 151 393 150 796 0 4 Asia 20 140 21 162 20 423 3 5 Africa 897 789 837 6 1 Total 1 031 585 1 088 075 1 131 406 4 0 Source Area de Empresas y Servicios Turisticos Departmento de Fomento Instituto Costarricense de Turismo FIGURE 5 ARRIVALS BY PURPOSE OF VISIT 1997 2000 1997 1998 1999 2000 Holiday 73 7 64 8 65 4 61 5 VFR 3 8 6 7 4 5 8 4 Business 13 7 18 3 22 7 21 7 Study 4 0 3 8 3 3 3 8 Other 4 8 6 4 4 1 4 6 Total 100 0 100 0 100 0 100 0 Source Camara Nacional de Turismo FIGURE 6 SINGLE AND GROUP ARRIVALS 1997 2000 Travelling 1997 1998 1999 2000 Solo 27 9 30 2 38 2 39 9 With family 34 8 26 4 20 7 11 3 With friends 24 3 26 5 18 7 19 5 With friends family 5 9 3 4 2 8 2 3 As a couple 21 3 Other 7 1 13 5 19 6 5 7 Total 100 0 100 0 100 0 100 0 Source Camara Nacional de Turismo FIGURE 7 FREQUENCY OF VISITS 1997 2001 Frequency 1997 1998 1999 2000 First time visit 70 3 63 1 61 0 58 5 Repeat visit 29 7 36 9 39 0 41 5 Total 100 0 100 0 100 0 100 0 Source Camara Nacional de Turismo FIGURE 8 SEASONALITY OF ARRIVALS BY SOURCE 2001 Month North Central Caribbean South Europe Total America America America Jan 57 997 42

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  • Costa Rica Launches Advertising Campaign as a Leader in Sustainable Tourism
    tourism in a responsible way The CST is an excellent tool to assist in the growth of the country s tourism sector and at the same time will motivate tourism and industry executives to increase their usage of environmentally safe resources resulting in financial and environmental savings said Ruben Pacheco Costa Rica s Minister of Tourism The advertising campaign includes the CST logo an artistic rendering of half a face and half a leaf which will serve as a symbol of distinction for Costa Rica a country that is continuously working to satisfy the needs of today s society without sacrificing the resources necessary for fulfilling the needs of future generations This forward thinking will be a great asset to Costa Rica s development as a stable and bountiful country At the national level CST represents a new form of competition a new way to differentiate Costa Rica s tourist industry with respect to their competitors and one which enhances tourism products that show sustainability therefore opening new possibilities for international promotion Bary Roberts who directed the process of creation of the CST and is presently Marketing Advisor to the Minister of Tourism summed it up well when he stated Tourism in the 21st century will be sustainable in Costa Rica or it simply won t be The Certification for Sustainable Tourism program will reinforce Costa Rica s position as a leader in ecological tourism and its reputation for preserving and enjoying the natural and social environment while positively contributing to the quality of life of Costa Ricans Using the CST as an incentive will allow Costa Rica s government to limit the usage of natural social and cultural resources in such ways that they could negatively contribute to the destruction of natural and economic activities In order to grow

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  • In Costa Rica's cattle country: Northwest region resembles Hawaii
    in the middle of cattle country and there s a lot of grazing lands in my province which is called Guanacaste We also grow rice and sugar cane You can see landscapes of flatlands with beautiful trees especially along riverbeds There are volcanoes in the distance Q What state up here does it resemble A I moved here from Hawaii and it looks like that tropical except that we have a dry season and a wet one And there aren t as many flowers I m originally from California and the Coco area doesn t particularly look like that Costa Rica is like California in that there are many different climate zones with varying vegetation I have a pizzeria in the mountains that s between two volcanoes I sometimes enjoy going from the beach to the cooler climate Q Are you on the beach A No about 500 meters from there about a five to 10 minute walk The town consists of a little main street where the bank market plaza bars and restaurants are I m in town but out a bit I live on 2 3 acres of property The Pacific beaches range from white sand to black depending on whether they have a coral or lava base Some are very well protected and good for boat anchorages We have a lot of sailing visitors There s also some really good surfing Take a look at a surf magazine There s an international surf tournament at Playa Jaco There s a little surfing camp here where people go on a daily basis One place is known as Witch s Rock Q What about rain forest tourism A We re not far from Santa Rosa National Park which is a tropical dry forest We re not far from Monteverde which is a tropical rain forest a cloud forest actually because it s covered in mist all the time You ll find bird tours butterfly farms up where my pizzeria is nature walks where you ll see incredible plants And there are tree canopy tours where you go tour in a tram and there s a sky walk a series of bridges between platforms There s also an adventure kind of tour where you get harnesses and cables and slide from platform to platform It s exciting but you re less likely to see wildlife Q What s the difference between a tropical dry forest and a rain forest A In a rain forest it rains all the time and is green all the time Where I am we have a six month dry season when everything turns brown except trees by the river During the six month wet season it doesn t rain all the time but the whole countryside turns green Makes it look like a whole different place Q What kind of animals do you see out your window A In my yard Domestic animals dogs My neighbors have horses and cattle I had a goat recently

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  • Melbourne, Vancouver top city list
    and Tokyo were the highest rated in Asia in equal 21st spot Next best was Hong Kong in 44th place The most livable mainland Chinese cities were Guangzhou and Shanghai at equal 73rd London was also rated 44th while Honolulu was the preferred U S city in equal 21st place New York was ranked 52nd Middle East Regionally the highest hardship was found in Africa and the Middle East the report found The European Union was the least affected by hardship but North America was also a good place to live Despite the increased fear of terrorism and high levels of violent crime in some cities the United States and Canada have fairly low hardship ratings thanks to a highly developed infrastructure good education and health indicators and the widespread availability of recreational activities the survey said The EIU report found a clear gap between west and east European cities while hardship in Asia and Australasia also was grouped in two extremes Compared with the low hardship ratings in Australia and also parts of Asia the region was home to cities where expatriates encountered severe hardship the survey found The Pakistani port city of Karachi received the second highest hardship rating of 74 the Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai scored 62 and 57 respectively while the Indonesian capital Jakarta polled a high 56 coming in 119th place Elsewhere in Asia Bangkok scored 45 Manila 47 Colombo 52 Hanoi 54 Ho Chi Minh 55 Phnom Penh 70 and Dhaka 71 1 tie Melbourne Australia 1 Vancouver Canada 3 Perth Australia 4 tie Vienna Austria 4 Toronto Canada 4 Geneva Switzerland 4 Zurich Switzerland 8 tie Adelaide Australia 8 Brisbane Australia 8 Sydney Australia 8 Copenhagen Denmark 8 Dusseldorf Germany 8 Frankfurt Germany 8 Oslo Norway 8 Montreal Canada 16 tie Calgary Canada 16 Helsinki Finland 16 Stockholm Sweden 19 tie Berlin Germany 19 Amsterdam Netherlands 21 tie Tokyo Japan 21 Osaka Japan 21 Honolulu Hawaii 24 tie Hamburg Germany 24 Munich Germany 24 Auckland New Zealand 24 Wellington New Zealand 28 tie Brussels Belgium 28 Reykjavik Iceland 28 Luxembourg Luxembourg 28 Boston Massachusetts 32 tie Lyon France 32 Paris France 34 tie Barcelona Spain 34 Atlanta Georgia 34 Chicago Illinois 34 Lexington Kentucky 34 Miami Florida 39 tie Cleveland Ohio 39 Houston Texas 39 Los Angeles California 39 Minneapolis Minnesota 39 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 44 tie Hong Kong China 44 Lisbon Portugal 44 Madrid Spain 44 London England 44 San Francisco California 49 Seattle Washington 50 tie Singapore 50 Manchester England 52 tie Dublin Ireland 52 New York New York 54 tie Milan Italy 54 Detroit Michigan 54 Budapest Hungary 57 tie Prague Czech Republic 57 Rome Italy 57 Washington D C 60 Taipei Taiwan 61 Seoul South Korea 62 tie San Juan Puerto Rico 62 San Jose Costa Rica 64 tie Athens Greece 64 Montevideo Uruguay 66 Santiago Chile 67 Buenos Aires Argentina 68 Dubai UAE 69 tie Tel Aviv Israel 69 Warsaw Poland 71 tie Zagreb Croatia 71

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  • Delta to Bring Direct Flights to Liberia
    States to the Guanacaste city of Liberia are on their way as of Dec 1 when Delta Air Lines will offer a new flight between Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia Guanacaste Delta will be the first major U S carrier to offer permanent regular service to Liberia Passengers can board the approximately three hour flight on Wednesday Saturdays and Sundays via a Boeing 737 800 Delta decided to add the flight in response to increased tourist demand in the northern province of Guanacaste where tourism is one of the principal sources of revenue According to Leopoldo Hernández Delta Costa Rica sales manager The flight will have a positive impact on the development of Guanacaste and the increase in tourism will boost the economy Delta is also offering additional flights to other Latin American and Caribbean destinations such as Aruba Nassau and San Martín as part of a new expansion plan for Latin America Delta currently operates one daily direct flight from its hub in Atlanta to San José s Juan Santamaria International Airport Copyright 2002 Note The above information is not to be used for any other purpose other than private study research

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  • Costa Rica's Samara perfect hideaway
    is heating up from a sun that already feels like our midday version And late June is the off season or the beginning of the rainy season mid December through April is the dry season Rain often falls once a day this time of year but within an hour the sky is usually clear and the sun s rays are burning again Mornings are primetime and long Afternoons are short You can stroll the three kilometer beach of the cove enjoying warm water flats created on the south end of the cove by waves rock beds and the sun Shells are plentiful Or if your group includes teen age girls sunbathing is essential all hours of the day Or you might book one of the reasonably priced ocean trips for a day of fishing in the Pacific or go snorkeling in the shallow reefs near the mouth of the cove California transplant Jesse Dicker s surfing shop is located a couple hundred yards north of the hotel He will provide an hour of expert surfing lessons for 20 A hundred yards farther is the beach entrance to the town Once there first stop is the all important supermarket where a gallon of bottled water can be purchased for a little more than 500 colones about 1 50 in U S dollars Next to the supermarket is the town s most thriving business a two computer Internet stop Four hundred colones the conversion rate is anywhere between 350 to 360 colones to a dollar will buy you 15 minutes of web surfing time just enough time to check out Wimbledon and the status of the U S financial markets while leaving some time to send e mails to friends back home After a few days in Samara our driver arrives at 9 a m to take his party of four on the 61 2 hour trip across the Tempisque Ferry south past tourist Mecca Jaco and fishing town Quepos to bustling beach town Manuel Antonio This time the ferry is working fine but the line of cars buses and trucks is long The wait is about an hour Fortunately there s a row of open air restaurants and bars Near one of them a man is tending to tempting chicken shish kabobs on an open fire grill We pass and instead purchase bottled water and drinks The next hottest items here are the bathrooms at a cost of 100 colones Once we cross the Tempisque River it s only a short trip down the coast near Jaco before our driver stops at a bridge for us to observe a dozen or so huge crocodiles lining the north bank of a river that empties into the Pacific After Jaco the road deteriorates around bridges The road is still paved but for some reason the pavement on each side of the many bridges is usually interrupted for approximately 100 yards of mud and potholes But this is nothing like Monteverde We turn inland

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