Tico firms seeking tourists in Paris

The tourism institute said that it is participating with 11 Costa Rican companies at the International French Travel Market Top Resa in Paris starting today.

The show, which is considered a major business to business exposition, ends Friday.

Wilhelm von Breymann, the minister of Turismo, noted that France is the third ranking source of European tourists after Germany and Spain. There were  39,728 French tourists in 2013, said the institute, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. French tourism in general is predicted to increase 14 percent this year.

Abut 88 percent of the visitors to the expo are French, and the rest come from many other countries, said the institute.

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