Tourism minister seeking conventioneers

With bids having been let for the the country’s $35 million convention center, the country’s tourism minister is on the road trying to generate organizations to use it.

The minister, Mauricio Ventura, was at the international reunions fair in Lima, Perú, which runs through Wednesday. He spoke at the event. The  Costa Rica Convention Bureau also was represented.

The 15,000-square meter (161,459-square foot) convention center will go up on 10 hectares in Barreal de Heredia along the General Cañas autopista. It is three times the size of any facility available now.

In an interview last month, Ventura noted that the project may not break even but tourism officials are counting on the spinoff of business as a result of convention goers.

Ventura also allowed that no one in the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo is prepared to run a convention center and that a candidate will have to be sought for this job.

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