San José tourism guide to be unveiled Friday

The capital, San José, is coming out with a tourism guide sponsored by the municipality. The city’s Junta de Turismo said Wednesday that the guide will be presented to the public Friday at the municipal building. It is called “Recorriendo San José” and is written by Rita Bornemisza. The title means to travel around San José.

The junta said that such a book was necessary because about 80 percent of the country’s tourists visit the capital during their visit, and the number is slowly increasing, the junta said.

At one time nearly every non-cruise ship tourist visited San José because Juan Santamaría airport was the principal access. Now visitors, mainly from the north, can travel to Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, visit the Pacific beaches and never set foot in the capital. The shift in patterns has had a negative effect on the city’s economy.

The municipality has as a goal to prolong the stay of visitors by one day, from 2.4 days to 3.4 days. By achieving such a goal, the junta said it would be able to increase tourist spending in the city by 42 percent to about $125 million a year. This also would help the hotel industry here that employs 2,300 persons, the municipality said.

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