La Fortuna will be a star of ABC reality program

A hotel in the La Fortuna area will be the base for the Monday episode of the reality television show “The Bachelor.”

This is a series in which a man evaluates a number of women and then selects one to be his bride. The man this season is Brad Womack, who was the lead three years ago. They declined to select one of the finalists and the Web sites and magazines that follow such things were discussing the development for weeks.

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo made an agreement with ABC television to have the episode taped here. The location will be the Springs Resort and Spa. Airing is at 7 p.m. local time.

Tourism officials hope that 9 million viewers will get a glimpse at Costa Rica through the show. La Fortuna is adjacent to the Arenal volcano. This is the 15th season for the reality show.

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