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  • Meliá's Costa Rica Golf Course Receives the "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" Ranking
    division of Audubon International Don Johnson Superintendent CGCS of Garra de Leon Golf Course has led the effort to maintain this course and obtain sanctuary status Johnson is also being recognized for his achievement in Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International For a golf course to receive the official Audubon certification a course must demonstrate that it is maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of categories These categories include environmental planning wildlife and habitat management outreach and education chemical use reduction and safety water conservation and water quality management At Meliá Playa Conchal we are delighted to receive this certification as an environmentally friendly golf course said Richard Pfeifer Managing Director By receiving this honor we are showing our continuing efforts to maintain and preserve Costa Rica s environment and its beauty Situated on 2400 lushly landscaped acres in the pristine Guanacaste Province named for its majestic Guanacaste trees Meliá Playa Conchal emphasizes the major natural elements of the existing environment The famed tropical forest surrounds the resort and the topography is dominated by hills and valleys providing guests spectacular views of the Pacific and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes With meeting facilities of more than 5 000 square feet a lively casino and disco bar the challenging Garra de Leon Golf Course 11 restaurants and bars Central America s largest free form swimming pool and Costa Rica s most beautiful white sand beach the Meliá Playa Conchal offers convenience luxury and eco adventure at its best The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses sponsored in part by the United States Golf Association provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources Golf courses from the United States Canada Australia Asia and Europe have also achieved certification in

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  • Costa Rica launches tourism initiative
    the Costa Rica tourist board ICT which has hired Porter Novelli s Florida office as its agency of record to educate US travelers about the proximity of Costa Rica to the US PN will handle all media relations for the ICT and will provide strategic counseling The aim is to influence key travel industry players and to target travel trade and consumer magazines as well as websites In addition PN will provide counsel on all areas ranging from interactive campaigns to industry relations efforts PN s Centro america division located in Costa Rica will help develop the communications effort The campaign will reflect the biodiversity culture and tranquil setting of Costa Rica One point that PN will stress is that it takes less time to fly to Costa Rica from Atlanta than it does to fly to California Another focus will be to build the ICT s relationships with airline and travel industry partners that are based in major travel hubs like Dallas Miami and Atlanta In light of everything that has happened we foresee that US travelers are going to want to stay closer to home said Isabella Guerin account supervisor for PN s Florida office based in Fort Lauderdale She also thinks that the travel industry will have to change tactics in how it has traditionally lured US travelers overseas More travelers will spend their vacations in Central and Latin America she continued This is going to give us an advantage but all across the board I think that the travel industry has to rethink its communications strategy to highlight the comfort level of services that are available in these countries Last year the small Central American country of Costa Rica attracted more than one million US visitors Copyright 2001 Haymarket Media Inc Note The above information is

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  • Blockbuster Inc. Expands Presence in Central America
    entered into agreements in Costa Rica with Immobiliaria de Videos S A which is affiliated with Blockbuster s Panamanian franchisee Grupo Mizbe S A as well as Corporacion de Entretenimiento de Guatemala S A an affiliate of the current Blockbuster franchisee in El Salvador Both franchisees opened one store in each market earlier this month and anticipate opening additional stores in these markets by the end of 2001 As the leading international retailer of rentable home movies and video games it is very exciting to announce our latest expansion into Costa Rica and Guatemala said Chris Wyatt president Blockbuster International Through franchising we are able to effectively expand our consumer reach and bring the Blockbuster brand into new markets Blockbuster has corporate store presence in Argentina Canada Chile China Hong Kong Denmark Great Britain Ireland and Uruguay International franchise markets include Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Israel Italy New Zealand Panama Peru Portugal Thailand The Philippines and Venezuela Additionally Australia Mexico Spain and Taiwan have both corporate and franchise presence Blockbuster Inc is a publicly traded subsidiary of Viacom Inc NYSE VIA VIA B and is the world s leading renter of videos DVDs and video games with nearly 7 800 stores throughout the Americas Europe Asia and Australia The company may be accessed internationally at www blockbuster com Viacom is the No 1 platform in the world for advertisers with preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television radio outdoor advertising and online This news release contains forward looking statements relating to Blockbuster s international franchise operations These forward looking statements are based on Blockbuster s current intent expectations and estimates and are not guarantees of future performance These statements involve risks uncertainties assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those

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  • Los Suenos Resort and Marina joins growing list of hotels opening in Herradura Bay, Costa Rica
    in Costa Rica Costa Rica is known for its rain forest the Arenal volcano and tropical beaches not necessarily for luxury resorts But that changed with last year s opening of Los Suenos Resort and Marina in Herradura Bay The resort features a five star Marriott beachfront hotel a spa a 250 slip marina and a Ted Robinson designed 18 hole championship golf course Bill Royster president and CEO of Los Suenos Resort and Marina conceived the project while on a fishing trip there in 1991 At the time the country saw about 500 000 tourists a year most staying in small boutique hotels We noticed there was a demand and a need for an upscale product and destination for Costa Rica Royster said Los Suenos Marina is the country s first government sanctioned international marina between Acapulco and Venezuela The marina project inspired the government to approve a new marina law in 1998 designed to coordinate and regulate the development of marinas within Costa Rica Los Suenos has a broad demographic catering to couples and families The 201 room colonial style resort is set on an 1 100 acre rain forest along the Pacific Coast Accommodations include 24 hour room service air conditioning in room safes minibars voice mail cable satellite TV and dataports The hotel has six restaurants and bars Activities include horseback riding white water rafting a canopy tour a Tortuga Island cruise and a jungle crocodile safari Sport fishing also is available through Costa Rica Dreams 506 643 3942 Guests wishing to pamper themselves will enjoy the resort s Serenity Spa which offers the usual menu plus a Costa Rican mud treatment Room rates during the rainy green season May to mid December range from 129 to 750 Copyright 2001 NorthStar Travel Media LLC Note The

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  • Costa Rica natural beauty and friendly business climate
    to include grilled corn on the cob chorreadas a thick johnny cake made from tender corn and empanadas filled with cheese beans or meat In addition if a visitor so desires he or she may try other cuisines such as French Italian German Korean Chinese Spanish Mexican U S and vegetarian all of which are well represented in the country Communications Costa Rica has one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in Latin America with telephones and fax machines all over the country and an increasing number of businesses online To call or fax Costa Rica dial the country code 506 before the number Mail service is reliable and San Jose has an ample selection of courier services Most large hotels in the San Jose area have cable television Newspapers and magazines from North America and several European nations are sold in many shops and hotels in and around the capital Transportation It s easy to get around in Costa Rica There is bus service to just about every town and city and buses that serve main tourist destinations are of high quality Taxis are also plentiful and inexpensive and in San Jose they are required to use meters for most trips The standard charge for a taxi between the international airport and downtown San Jose is US 10 The quickest way to get around is to fly and several domestic airlines offer daily flights to most of the popular tourist destinations There are also plenty of car rental agencies most of which rent four wheel drive vehicles Banks and Money State and private banks abound in San Jose and at least one major bank is located in every large town The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon but U S dollars are accepted in most hotels and restaurants U S dollars and traveler s checks can be changed in banks and hotels Major credit cards are widely accepted and cash advances can be obtained in San Jose Business Hours Government offices are generally open from 8 a m to 4 p m while banks close any time between 3 and 6 p m depending on the branch Most shops are open from 9 a m to 6 p m while some open at 8 a m and others close at 7 p m most grocery stores close at 8 p m Some shops also close for lunch between noon and 1 or 2 p m Holidays Though government offices and most banks close for national holidays travelers are not inconvenienced since they can change money or travelers checks in their hotel Do not change money on the street During the week of the Annexation of Guanacaste July 25 the main towns in the northwest province of Guanacaste are overflowing with revelry and folklore Carnival which is celebrated in the Caribbean port of Limon during the week of October 12 is another colorful affair Entry Documents Anyone who wants to visit Costa Rica should contact the Costa Rican

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  • Procter & Gamble decided to consolidate its back-office operations for all the Americas in one place.
    story office buildings Inaugurated in mid February it s already the largest of P G s three new GBS centers worldwide the others are in Europe and Asia GBS Costa Rica currently employs 650 people and expects to reach 1 200 fully bilingual college educated employees by 2005 P G is recruiting in Costa Rica using the same standards used worldwide Horvath says We re hiring Costa Ricans not just for a job but for a career with P G The four buildings making up GBS Costa Rica are wired with 675 000 meters of voice and data cable to handle the company s electronic correspondence with clients throughout the Americas as many as 300 000 emails per month P G workers also provide computer technical support for 5 000 sales agents accounting for 80 P G factories and payroll services for nearly 50 000 employees from Alaska to Argentina Labor rates apparently did not play a big role in selecting the center Although Costa Rica s average hourly wages are below comparable salaries in the US they exceed those of Mexico and the rest of Central America Costa Rican labor is expensive but when you combine multilingual skills and educational levels then we become competitive says GBS Corporate Manager Randall Chinchilla We need college educated bilingual people The reason If for example a retired P G factory worker calls the company s toll free 800 number with a question about retirement benefits the call will most likely be answered by a bilingual payroll specialist in San Jose Our employee in Costa Rica will know exactly what to tell the caller says Horvath Other companies monitoring the success of P G s center include American Express and Southwest Airlines One leading multinational Western Union has already located an 85 employee customer call center for all of Latin America and the Caribbean in San Jose right next door to P G Even so Horvath notes that Costa Rica is moving too slowly toward privatizing its state owned telephone monopoly The notorious inefficiencies that result make P G nervous about relying on conventional circuits That s why it pushed hard for the undersea Maya fiberoptic cable which has brought down exorbitant Internet access prices since its arrival in December A lot of high tech companies are looking at Costa Rica but they want to see what happens with telecommunications first says Lynda Solar executive director of the Costa Rican American Chamber of Commerce The fact that P G came here given the telecom situation is a miracle Then again miracles occasionally happen Copyright 2001 Americas Publishing Group Procter Gamble s GBS center in Costa Rica Establishment of a Global Business Service center in Costa Rica Global Business Services Backgrounder Global Business Services GBS has been created as part of Organization 2005 to bring together business activities such as accounting Human Resources systems order management and information technology into a single global organization GBS will provide services to all P G business units

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  • Heinz expands its global ketchup business with acquisition in Costa Rica
    make and sell an array of sauces and condiments under various brands including Columbia R Tipica R Salsitica R and Emily Gyor R The companies sell to both retail supermarket customers and to the foodservice trade Their factory is located in San Jose and they have five distribution centers throughout Costa Rica employing a total of nearly 150 people Central America particularly Costa Rica is a logical step in Heinz s expansion in Latin America These acquisitions fit perfectly with our strategy to establish a local Heinz presence in key parts of the region and to quickly achieve market leadership This is particularly true in Venezuela where Alimentos Heinz is a food industry leader and where Heinz is the number one brand of ketchup and baby food explained Braulio Gamez Heinz s Area Director Latin America and the Caribbean Heinz last year celebrated the 40th anniversary of Alimentos Heinz which has operated a factory in San Joaquin since 1960 The company also sells canned tuna and pet food among other varieties This news release contains forward looking statements regarding the company s future performance These forward looking statements are based on management s views and assumptions and involve risks uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking statements These include but are not limited to sales earnings and volume growth competitive and industry conditions production costs achieving cost savings programs acquisitions or disposals of business assets and new product and packaging innovations and other factors described in Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward Looking Information in the company s Form 10 K for the fiscal year ended May 3 2000 as updated from time to time by the company in its subsequent filings with the Securities and

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  • Delta adds more service between Atlanta and San Jose
    San Jose Costa Rica The new seasonal flight will operate from Dec 1 through April 30 In making the announcement Mark A P Drusch Delta s senior vice president network management said Delta has strategically scheduled this additional flight to meet the needs of the business traveler with a convenient morning departure out of San Jose This second flight builds upon the overwhelming success of Delta s current year round nonstop service between Atlanta and San Jose The new flight will operate on Delta s Boeing 757 aircraft configured in two classes business and economy Delta s Atlanta hub is the fastest growing gateway for travel between the United States and Latin America Throughout the year Delta is committed to providing its passengers with more travel options to the places they want to fly Drusch said From its Atlanta international hub Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer more than 900 daily departures to 163 cities in Asia Canada Europe Latin America and the United States Delta s goal is to become the 1 airline in the eyes of its customers flying passengers and cargo from anywhere to everywhere Passengers already choose to fly Delta more often than any other airline in the world on 5 263 flights each day to 351 cities in 54 countries on Delta Delta Express Delta Shuttle the Delta Connection carriers and Delta s Worldwide Partners Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam a global airline alliance which provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations flights and services For more information visit Delta at www delta com BETWEEN FLIGHT TIMES Atlanta San Jose 10 30 a m 1 35 p m San Jose Atlanta 3 05 p m 8 05 p m Atlanta San Jose 6 05 p m 9 10 p m San Jose Atlanta

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