For four years Cámara Nacional de Turismo has recognized the merit of companies and employers through the Premios a la Industria Turística or the tourism industry awards. The event was at the Hotel Costa Rica Marriott and attended by over 300 entrepreneurs, including President Laura Chinchilla.
The process of being nominated began with an online survey.
The seven requirements for nomination included: being a legally constituted operation; at least five years of operation; having demonstrated efforts for Certification for Sustainable Tourism, having a blue dflag, a subscribingto the code of conduct and holding ISO certification. Winners also had to have direct involvement in corporate social responsibility programs, contributed to sector development and be affiliated with the chamber and/or other similar organizations.
From the requirements, 66 people and businesses were nominated. Out of 14 varying fields these were awarded by the chamber:
City hotel – Radisson in north San José;
Beach hotel — Hotel Punta Leona north of Jacó;
Mountain hotel — Hacienda Pozo Azul in the Sarapiquí
Rural hnn — El Manantial Lodge in San Gerardo
Tour Operator — Ríos Tropicales , San José;
Travel Agents – Fast Travel in San José;
Airlines — Sansa Regional;
Rent a car — Mapache Rent a Car;
Restaurants – Jurgen’s in Los Yoses;
Region tourism chambers – Guanacaste;
Medical yourism — Clínica Bíblica;
Journalism – Imagazinetur.com;
Social responsibility — Red Costarricense de Reservas
Touristic entrepreneurship — Rafael Gallo.