Monday, February 26, 2007

Number of tourists arriving at Liberia's terminal increases

(ICT) - The Daniel Oduber Airport located in the city of Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste, received close to 20 percent more tourists in the last 12 months, according to the results of a survey conducted in January of this year, in comparison to the total amount registered in the same month of last year.

Approximately 180,112 tourists arrived at the Liberia terminal between the month of February of the year 2006 and last month, meanwhile from February 2005 to January 2006 there were a total of 150,926 registered passengers.

The arrival of visitors at the Liberia terminal started this year 2007 with a strong head start, during the year 2006 there was an increase of an 18% compared to the year 2005. In January this year 22,230 passengers arrived at the terminal, representing 24% more than January last year, where there were a total of 17,877 tourists.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

First Choice Airways will initiate flights to Costa Rica

(ICT) - The British Airline, First Choice Airways, will inaugurate a direct flight in May from the Gatwick Airport in London, England to the Daniel Oduber Airport situated on the Northern Pacific side of Costa Rica, specifically to the city of Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste.

The Company will offer its service during the British vacation season, which has its peak in October and it will transport a total of 258 passengers directly to the terminal in Liberia, Costa Rica.

The Company has already started to promote Costa Rica as a tourist destination on its Web page, as well as its beaches and volcanoes and it offers a special rate of 471 euros (equivalent to 612 US dollars) with all-inclusive service.

First Choice Airways is a charter airline, owned by the British tour operator, First Choice Holidays. The Company flies from the Manchester Airport and from London to more than 60 destinations in the world.

The Company is considering the possibility of flying from Glasgow, Scotland, to Brazil and Costa Rica starting in the year 2009.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

1300 new trafic signs for tourism

Photo: (Philippe Colombi/ Getty Images)(ICT) - The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) in agreement with the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) will invest more than 300 million colones in 1300 new traffic signs for tourism purposes.

“We would like natives and foreigners who visit the country to be able to find tourist destinations in a quick, safe, and reliable way, with the help of proper street signs, which also comply with international standards,” stated the Minister of Tourism, Carlos Ricardo Benavides.

According to the first part of the agreement, these are the areas in which the new traffic signs will be positioned: the coastal area in the province of Guanacaste, the Peninsula of Nicoya, the Barranca-PeƱas Blancas route, the San Jose-Limon route, the most traveled routes of the Caribbean region, and the National Parks located in these areas.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Slideshow added to Tico Travel

Flickr Slides tool by LabpixiesToday I added to Tico Travel a neat widget made by Labpixies.com that I found on Google. It's a tool called Flickr Slides and it allows you to look at Flickr photos from your own Web site or blog.

You can choose to display the slideshow by user name or tag and you can even choose the refresh span of the pictures (from 5 to 60 seconds).

It is a very cool and useful tool because you can choose to share your latest vacation photos if you have an account with Flickr or, like me, show random photos on a specific subject from people you don't even know.

These are all pictures with the tag "Costa Rica," and I have to admit that none of them was taken by me nor belongs to me, therefore as far as I know I don't appear in any of the picures.

However, if you recently visited Tiquicia and have friends that have a Flickr account, dont be surprised if one of these days you see yourself in one of the slides. Enjoy the show!