The 32nd edition of Expotur began Wednesday night at a ceremony at the Teatro Nacional.
A summary said that 200 potential tourism buyers from 28 countries attended and will meet with 256 Costa Rican and regional tourism businesses. The negotiations are Thursday and Friday at Parque Viva. Unlike other years, there does not seem to be an opportunity for the public to attend on the weekends.
Educator Agustín Abrahams received the Pionero del Turismo award, and JetBlue was honored for its international promotions. Diego Vargas, a Channel 11 television personality, received the Amigo de Costa Rica award.
Expotur is put on by the Asociación Costarricense de Profesionales en Turismo.
In addition to the commercial negotiations, many foreigners in tourism attend Expotur for the trips that introduce them to the country and for the evening parties at the various hotels.