Tourism links established with Brazil and Germany

The tourism chamber said Thursday that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with the city of Santo, Brazil.

At the same time, government tourism officials said that the country was being represented at what is considered the world’s biggest tourism show in Berlin, Germany.

The agreement between the Brazilian city and the Cámera Nacional de Turismo seeks to increase the more than 15,000 tourists who come from that country each year. Brazil also is the site for the World Cup soccer championships in June, and a lot of Costa Ricans will be going there.

The agreement calls for exchanges of expertise and perhaps joint promotions.

Meanwhile, European tourism workers are being treated to Costa Rican dancers and singers as well as demonstrations by a Sarchí artisan and one of the Boruca tradition.

Some 27 private firms, including hotels and car rental operations also are showing their products at the show, said the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

The five-day travel show runs through Sunday, and the first three days were devoted to tourism wholesalers, the institute said. The purpose is to market the country’s new slogan, Essential Costa Rica.

180,000 visitors are expected, and there are 188 countries represented with perhaps 10,000 ehibits.

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