Dates set for Expotur, the industry’s principal tourism marketplace

The 30th annual edition of Expotur will be May 14 through 18 at the Hotel Wyndham San José Herradura convention center west of the downtown.

This is the big tourism marketplace put on by the Asociación Costarricense de Profesionales en Turismo. The first three days are reserved for the trade and foreign buyers. But the public is being invited for May 17 and 18, a Saturday and Sunday.

Tourism operators set up elaborate displays and then conduct negotiations with wholesale buyers of the various products being offered. The evenings are well known for their parties. Adjacent countries usually take advantage of the expo to present their products.

This year the association of tourism professionals said that the event will be carbon neutral. All the gas created by activities at the expo will be measured and compensated. The association listed air and ground transport, electricity and air conditioners as items that produce greenhouse gases.

Many tourism operators here adjust their schedule so they can attend the event.

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