For 35 years, Costa Rica’s Expotur has been Central America’s leading inbound tourism conference and the country’s primary tool for promoting Costa Rica as the preeminent destination for adventure and eco-tourism.
This year’s event, held May 9th-10th at the National Convention Center in San José, was no exception. For 2019, the emphasis was on micro, small, and medium tourism enterprises (MSMEs) and they were given special consideration so it would be economical for them to participate. For those unfamiliar with Expotur, it is organized by the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals (ACOPROT) with support from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
JAX FAX recently participated in the 25th edition of Gala, Puerto Vallarta’s annual travel trade event. Gala participants took part in more than 1,300 45-minute, pre-scheduled B2B meetings between tourism industry partners and 96 hotels in the region. The event set a new record in attendance, with more than 90 wholesale agents from the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, and Spain, representing a 32% jump in attendance compared to 2018. South America was part of the Gala for the very first time with 19 wholesale agents brought in by Panama’s Copa Airlines.
Depending on the Easter calendar, Mexico's premier tourism trade show event Tianguis Turistico is held each year in late March or April. The 44th Tianguis kicked off last week in Acapulco. Tianguis brings travel agents, tour operators, meeting planners along with the participation of each of Mexico's 32 states, and over 48,000 one on one meetings making Tianguis Mexico's most significant tourism conference.
This past year the country of Peru was honored at the World Travel Awards (considered to be the “Oscars of Tourism”) with 3 top awards, demonstrating the growing appeal of Peru’s tourism industry. For the seventh consecutive year, Peru won the award for Best Culinary Destination and, currently, they have three Peruvian establishments on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
With its vibrant arts and culture scene, lively nightlife, irresistible music, colorful festivals and rich historic heritage, Colombia would be an easy sell even without its magnificent Caribbean beaches.
Adding to Colombia’s attraction for US travelers are its close proximity (it’s only a 2 1/2-hour flight from Miami to Cartagena), its year-round warm climate and its no-visa policy.
If your clients are seeking an active vacation in a sunny climate, Belize should be at the top of your list of recommendations. With its Caribbean coastal beach communities offering quick access to the world’s second longest barrier reef, and its rainforest interior filled with ancient Mayan ruins, plus a plethora of adventure activities, water sport lovers, adventure seekers and history buffs will all find what they are looking for.
As our lime green kayaks slid across the top of the glassy black water of the Rio Negro, the only sounds were the occasional splash of our paddles, the chorus of exotic birds exuberantly greeting the morning, and the distant, droning roar of red howler monkeys. A mother and baby grey dolphin swam playfully around us and a flock of colorful screeching Macaw parrots flew across the sky.
There are several rainforests around the world, but certainly the first ones that come to mind are in South and Central America. The Amazon basin in South America covers more than two and a half million square miles and the Amazon is the world’s most well-known rainforest. It runs 3,000 miles from the Andes to the sea. The Amazon is also the longest river on the planet, the second being the Nile.
Belize is located in Central America and is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Belize is a diverse country with many cultures and languages, known for its extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. On the coast, there is a swampy coastal plain with mangrove swamps; while the south and interior offer hills and low-lying mountains. All this, along with the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world, makes Belize one of the most diverse and exciting countries to send your clients on a fun-filled holiday.
The latest tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2018 indicate that Belize’s popularity as a must-visit destination in Central America continues on an upward swing, as they continue to set unprecedented records. For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, representing an increase of 24.8% over the same period in 2017. Cruise ship arrivals also registered an upward trend during the first quarter. There were 143 cruise ship calls and almost 400,000 cruise passengers arriving in Belize, representing an increase of 4.6% more visitors than 2017.
If you tell someone you’re going to Veracruz, they may ask, “What is the name of your ship?”
There’s no cruise to Vera. Veracruz is the Mexican state that borders the Gulf of Mexico. It isn’t the typical Mexican resort area and not easily accessible. Few natives speak English.