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Its rare that a building project gets done on time and even rarer if its ahead of schedule, but Costa Rica’s brand new convention center achieved that feat by opening its doors yesterday to the world. It’s another great sign of how tourist-centric Costa Rica is and how they are leading the region and most of the world for that matter in bringing their “Pura Vida” hospitality to life.
The National Center for Congresses and Conventions (CNCC) sits on a large verdant space owned by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute that is only 8km from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 10km from Downtown San Jose. This accessibility will no doubt increase the meetings based tourism to the country which already hosts discerning and well heeled guests from around the world who come for leisure, second homes and retirement.
The type of tourism that is already coming to Costa Rica is well diversified already, from safe backpacking, to luxury hotel stays and eco friendly resorts, now the $35 million dollar investment in this facility is already projected to be over $250 million dollars in revenue each year. In many ways Panama has dominated the corporate and meeting sector tourism in this area for decades, but now many companies, industries and investors will be attracted by this new venue that offers a growing capital, some of the world’s best leisure and nature now complemented by a building that can accommodate 4600 people, makes stunning use of art, light, renewable energy and is set up to complement the ecological richness of what the country offers best.
The world is certainly making its way to Costa Rica for leisure and now work and exchange are on the menu too.