President names new tourism minister along with other officials

The Expotur exhibtion begins Thursday for a two-day run, and there will be a new tourism minister to participate.

He is Mauricio Ventura Aragón, a former president of the Cámera Nacional de Turismo. Although a minster is not an obligatory ingredient for the tourism marketplace, the country would be in an awkward position without one as hundreds of out-of-town participants visit.

He replaces Wilhelm von Breymann, who was squeezed out last month under pressure form the tourism industry whose members claimed he was not supportive enough.

Ventura was one of a handful of selections announced Thursday by President Luis Guillermo Solís.

As usual, the tourism event Expotur starts Wednesday night at the Teatro Nacional at 6 p.m. followed by cocktails at 8:30 p.m. in the Crowne Plaza Corobicí. The closed event is in the Hotel Wyndham, San José-Herradura. This is where sellers meet with those who purchase tourism packages in bulk. The Asociación Costarricense de Profesionales en Turismo has put on Expotur for 30 years.

Solís also named Fernando Llorca Castro as minister of Salud, Marcelo Jenkins Coronas, as minister of Ciencia y Tecnología and Elian Villegas Valverde as executive president of the  Instituto Nacional de Seguros, a position made vacant when the president picked Sergio Alfaro as the new minister of the Presidencia.

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