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  • Holiday Inn Brand Expands in Central America with Opening of Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu (Costa Rica)
    miles of downtown San Jose in the upscale neighborhood of Escazu where a number of major global corporations house their Costa Rican operations The property s location adjacent to the state of the art Hospital CIMA makes it an ideal destination for Costa Rica s rapidly evolving medical tourism industry The property is also within walking distance to many of San Jose s major centers including the 350 shop Multiplaza Mall restaurants and entertainment The Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu boasts a contemporary innovative design that provides accessible comfort and sets new standards for business travelers and families alike It also includes eight elegantly designed meeting rooms totaling almost 8 800 square feet 800 square meters the largest one accommodating 240 people all equipped with the latest in audio visual equipment Amenities also include WiFi and high speed internet a pool deck with panoramic views a fitness center bar and restaurant featuring international cuisine The hotel design creates a residential atmosphere that is warm and comfortable The hotel features a natural fresh color palette punctuated by pops of energetic colors Guest beds are made using crisp white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels soft and firm And the bathrooms include a specially designed showerhead that offers superior pressure as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod and new amenities The residential design includes business focused necessities like an ergonomic work station data ports complimentary high speed Internet access in guest rooms WiFi capabilities which will allow guests to conduct conference calls for up to six participants even while using their computer online In addition each room will have the standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations comfortable double queen or king sized beds a sitting area with a lounge chair cable television hairdryer coffee maker iron and ironing board San Jose Costa Rica is one of IHG s pivotal cities for development in Latin America as there are six IHG properties in that city across five brands InterContinental Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Express and the region s first Hotel Indigo IHG has almost 200 hotels in Mexico Central and South America and the Caribbean and has been serving Latin America for 65 years IHG has hotels situated in nearly every key market throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts participates in IHG s guest loyalty program Priority Club Rewards The industry s first and largest guest loyalty program has 56 million members Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub com by calling 1 888 211 9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG s more than 4 400 hotels worldwide About Holiday Inn With more than 1 200 hotels worldwide Holiday Inn Hotels is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world In fact Holiday Inn was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984 Holiday Inn Hotels

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  • Wild drives in rugged Costa Rica
    with Views prev next TicoNET Real Estate Costa Rica Real Estate Wild drives in rugged Costa Rica By Nick Parker CNN March 29 2011 CNN Driving along a dirt road I mentally prepared for an event I had been dreading driving through a river in a car As we rounded a corner a view of the river opened out in front of me There appeared to be a partly submerged pickup carrying three local men and a dog blocking my route Perhaps I should backtrack I am a city dweller who drives once or twice a year and am not well placed to cope with this kind of situation But after deciding to visit Costa Rica my wife and I were seduced by the idea of a driving holiday around the sun drenched Nicoya Peninsula It quickly became obvious even to a complete amateur that a 4x4 vehicle was mandatory There are a few good motorways but around 75 of the country s roads are unpaved My guide book even had a section on crossing rivers which I thought was amusing but not something I had to worry about Read more about Costa Rica Copyright 2011 Real Estate Information Buying

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  • Costa Rica might prove addicting
    TicoNET Real Estate Costa Rica Real Estate Costa Rica might prove addicting By David Peters Pittsburgh Post Gazette June 10 2007 PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA Costa Rica The locals on the southeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica are a warm friendly lot Show your manners throw in a few words in Spanish and the residents are more than ready to answer your questions or point you in the right direction Some of them even want to expand your consciousness beyond the beautiful waters and lush foliage A case in point Sunday morning our first day in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca We were strolling on an almost deserted beach We encountered a man walking in the opposite direction His face was framed by dreadlocks He was wearing a yellow jacket and cutoffs his shoulders supporting a backpack Decorum demanded a Buenos Dias He responded in kind Perhaps 20 feet had distanced us before he called out softly and asked me if I d like a good smoke I don t think he was talking about Cuban cigars No thank you I politely responded Read more about Costa Rica Copyright 2007 Old URL http www post gazette com pg 07161 792348 37

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  • Costa Rica Government Inauguration Ceremony Lends Major Support for Bahia Escondida Bayside Village and Marina Project
    for later this year upon completion of initial site facilities This inaugural visit symbolizes our firm commitment of support for the Bahia Escondida Bayside Village and Marina project stated Arias But it also symbolizes our commitment to the citizens of Golfito to provide resources that will serve to improve the local economy We look forward to the improvement of an area that in spite of its extraordinary natural beauty has been economically depressed for many decades said Benavides Unfortunately the local residents have not had many possibilities of advancement up to now Bahia Escondida is one of the many strategic projects that we consider important for the development of the southern zone Phase I of the waterfront village and marina is expected to employ more than 400 people and more than 2000 upon completion The marina development which was permitted for construction in October of 2006 and has been stockpiling material on site for nearly six months has officially notified the government of its formal commencement of works Lynskey also announced the receipt of a commitment for the project s first round of financing from Banco Costa Rica in syndication with BCIE Central American Bank for Economic Integration The official government endorsement of the Marina project will prove to be invaluable as we progress through the building process said Lynskey Aside from the securing of fill material another milestone nearing completion is the selection of the marina dock manufacturer In March of this year the bid for the manufacturing of the docks was opened to six of the world s leading dock manufacturing companies including Bellingham Technomarine and Shoremasters Abdalla Architects was hired as the General Consultant for the project and is responsible for the coordination of contractors as well as the elaboration of the architectural plans With more than 15 years of experience in the labor environment Abdalla s President Pedro Abdalla Slon is actively involved in public policy for the construction industry and is the Director of the National Institute of Housing and Urban Development INVU and Vice President of CIMAT Commission Inter institutional of Marine and Tourist Quays Abdalla has already completed the necessary site preparations and has secured the respective construction permits to begin construction The addition of Grupo Corporativo Saret the largest private energy power producer in the country will also prove to be an asset We are very pleased to become Bahia Escondida s General Contractor added Mariano Ramirez of Grupo Corporativo Saret Our 31 years of experience building the most significant facilities in the region together with the use of proven technologies will benefit the construction of this project Saret s Group of companies comprises civil earth works electromechanical installations heavy metal fabrication and hospitality infrastructure They also operate the Pacific Port of Caldera in Costa Rica Bahia Escondida is a joint venture between Miami native Jim Lynskey President of Hacienda El Dorado Bahia Escondida s holding company and Golfito Holdings LLC an affiliate of Great American Capital a Las Vegas based fully

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  • Secret surf haven found in Costa Rica
    actually moving underneath you Modest success in my early efforts has brought me back to the sport on an annual basis pulling me out into the ocean on short trips to exotic locales like Cabo San Lucas Mexico the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador and a little spot I like to call Kooksville population me Most recently I made a return trip to Costa Rica a sort of nostalgic pilgrimage to the break where I broke my first surfboard Stefan Canas an ex pat friend from Aspen who married a local Tica and opened up a cluster of surfing oriented guest houses under the inviting name of Casas Pura Vida www casaspuravida com graciously pretended to forget my last visit to his local break in the small town of Santa Teresa on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and stood on his oceanfront deck until he determined the coast was clear It wasn t of course but it s a big beach and not very crowded So even when my longboard was smashing into the sand he could safely sneak out to another spot while my head was being dunked underwater by the crashing surf The visit turned out to be good practice for the second leg of our journey a visit to the renowned northern Nicoya surf town of Tamarindo and the legendary nearby breaks of Witch s Rock and Ollie s Point made famous by the film Endless Summer II Unlike me Santa Teresa is regarded among surfers for its consistency something that Tamarindo was known for before it became known for its crowds Fortunately those crowds have established an industry in Tamarindo a robust economy that caters to the needs of surfers by providing necessary rentals lessons tours and an unquantifiable number of watering holes in which to boast of your daily conquests or drink yourself into memory loss Oddly enough the whole thing reminds me of fly fishing Surfing demands far more patience than you might expect waiting for the right waves as you might wait for a fish to strike You might spot a potential lunker now and again and then it comes down to placement just like casting before you can set the hook Then that sucker takes off like a tarpon a wild animal that you still have to land even play Suffice it to say I still lose a lot of flies And that s where guide services and schools like the Witch s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo come in The vast majority of our clients are beginners said Colin Briers sales manager for the one stop shop at Witch s Rock www witchsrocksurfcamp com Really avid surfers tend to be in the know They get information from friends or other surfers and just sort of figure it out What we do is provide all that for everyone else Witch s Rock helped me avoid the crowds of Tamarindo s main beach break with junkets out to nearby

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  • SABMiller Disposes of Pepsi Franchise and Interest in Hotel and Real Estate Development in Costa Rica
    beer and soft drinks manufacturer and distributor in Panama has agreed to sell its Pepsi bottling operations in Costa Rica consisting of Embotelladora Centroamericana S A ECSA and Distribuidora Centroamericana de Bebidas DCB S A DCSA to Cervecería Costa Rica S A CCR SABMiller also announces that it has completed the sale of its 42 5 interest in Reserva Conchal a hotel and real estate development in the north west of Costa Rica the Real Estate Development to Crosslake Commercial Inc Crosslake Both CCR and Crosslake are subsidiaries of Florida Ice and Farm Company S A FIFCO The total consideration for the two transactions payable in cash amounts to US 116 million The disposal of the Pepsi bottling operations which is not subject to any regulatory approval is expected to close by the end of March 2007 ECSA is the exclusive Pepsi Cola bottler in Costa Rica and distributes its products through DCSA FIFCO which is listed on the Costa Rican stock exchange holds investments in beverages tourism and services in Costa Rica and Central America SABMiller acquired the Pepsi bottling operations and its interest in the Real Estate Development as part of its Latin American transaction which completed on 12 October 2005 Ends Notes to editors About SABMiller plc SABMiller plc is one of the world s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents The group s brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell as well as an exceptional range of market leading local brands Outside the USA SABMiller plc is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca Cola products in the world In the year ended 31 March 2006 the group reported US 15 307 million in revenue and profit

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  • Wal-Mart to open 14 new stores in Costa Rica
    retail giant Wal Mart Stores Inc will spend 49 million to open 14 new stores in Costa Rica this year the company said on Tuesday The new stores will create 1 500 new jobs in the Central American country Wal Mart said Wal Mart announced the investment after its chief executive officer for the Americas Craig Heckert met Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Heckert was in the Costa Rican capital for a Wal Mart Central America board meeting Wal Mart the largest retailer in Mexico has been stepping up its presence in Central America since entering the market in 2005 Central America is a largely poor region of around 41 million people that bridges Mexico with South America Wal Mart Central America was formed a year ago when Wal Mart obtained majority control of the Central American Retail Holding Company CARHCO which it first bought into in Sept 2005 The group has some 375 supermarkets and other stores in Guatemala El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua and Costa Rica and posted sales of about 2 2 billion in 2005 Wal Mart controls some 9 000 jobs in Costa Rica through its Mas X Menos Pali Hipermas and Maxibodega stores there Reuters 2007

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  • Hilton Hotels Corporation Signs First Hilton and Doubletree Management Agreements in Costa Rica
    two outdoor swimming pools non motorized water sports spa fitness center tennis courts kid s club three restaurants two bars casino and nightly entertainment With an area of 6 933 square miles Guanacaste Costa Rica is home to a world of natural surroundings including white black and pink shell beaches national parks and wildlife refuges coral reefs deciduous and tropical forests and volcanoes The province is perfect for fishing diving biking hiking and more This management agreement in Guanacaste is a terrific example of Hilton Hotels commitment to expanding its guest offerings by partnering with diverse hoteliers who believe in the strength of our global brand said Jeff Diskin senior vice president brand management marketing for Hilton Hotels Through this agreement the property will now offer unique local experiences alongside the standard upscale amenities our guests have come to expect and love The Fiesta Resort in Puntarenas will be renamed the Doubletree by Hilton TM Puntarenas Resort The 410 room all inclusive resort located one and a half hours from San Jose s Juan Santamaria International Airport and two hours from Liberia International Airport offers four dining outlets seven bars pool beach fitness center tennis courts kid s club non motorized water sports casino nightly entertainment and easy access to nearby national parks and biological reserves rainforests volcanoes and beaches Puntarenas the largest province of Costa Rica and formerly known as the country s main fishing port is the perfect place to enjoy a day of fishing The coast decorated by islands and beaches offers visitors a chance to experience pristine nature Tourists can also enjoy a range of attractions as Puntarenas is the starting point for many excursions Doubletree Hotels continues to expand its upscale full service hotel portfolio at a solid pace This newest management agreement in Puntarenas Costa Rica reinforces our pride in Doubletree being recognized by hotel owners and developers as a dynamic credible and lucrative hotel brand for hoteliers across the Western Hemisphere and around the world said Dave Horton senior vice president brand management for Doubletree Hotels We are delighted to announce that our two first resorts in Costa Rica will become part of the Hilton Family of Hotels said Kenneth Blatt principal of Caribbean Property Group Ruben Pacheco president of Enjoy Group added With such a strong marketing sales and technology infrastructure as well as the value added benefit of the highly acclaimed Hilton HHonors guest reward program we believe our new Hilton and Doubletree by Hilton affiliations will lead to great recognition and success for our resorts both domestically and internationally Caribbean Property Group is the managing partner of the Fund and Enjoy Group is a minority partner in the venture About Caribbean Real Estate Opportunity Fund 2005 The Caribbean Real Estate Opportunity Fund 2005 L P is a 500 million equity fund managed by Caribbean Property Group CPG and co sponsored by Goldman Sachs The Fund is focused on acquiring income producing fixed real estate assets in the Caribbean and Central

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