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Costa Rica opens first convention centre

Costa Rica Convention Centre opens after £24m investment as country seeks to compete on world meetings stage
16/04/2018

Pictured: Costa Rica Convention Centre

The Costa Rica Convention Centre (CRCC) has just opened its doors – the country’s first purpose-built convention centre.

The futuristic and sustainable 15,600 sqm space, six miles from capital city San José, aims to position Costa Rica as a serious player in the international events market.

Mauricio Ventura, Costa Rica’s minister of tourism, said: “The new convention centre is what we needed to help us put the country firmly on the map of the international association events market, where success relies on the quality of the facilities and services offered.”

With an investment worth $35 million (£24m), the new convention centre can accommodate more than 6,500 delegates with 4,400 sqm for exhibitions. The CRCC features a main hall (divisible into three sections); six conference rooms; six meeting rooms; large foyers and pre-event areas; a business centre and a VIP lounge.

The CRCC is also just five miles away from Juan Santamaría International Airport – which offers direct flights from the UK – and boasts 4,500 hotel rooms within a four mile radius. It features bioclimatic, environmental and sustainable design and architecture – including a hectare of roof solar panels, water treatment plants, energy-efficient air conditioning, internal and external LED lighting and naturally lit interior spaces with native trees. Trees and lakes will also be created in the area surrounding the centre to create a park-like environment.

The opening of the Convention Centre follows the strategy of the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) of developing a competitive plan to confidently compete in the international meetings industry. In the last three years, ICT has heavily increased its presence in trade fairs and shows, boosted the role of the Costa Rica Convention Bureau and created the ‘Ambassadors Programme’ to get institutions and associations involved in bringing events to the country.

According to Mr. Ventura, this strategy has put Costa Rica in the 53rd place among 200 countries in the 2017 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) world ranking. Nearly 80 international congresses will be hosted in Costa Rica by 2021.


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