mendoza continues to generate strategic alliances to promote the sightseeing. On this occasion, the province established links of mutual collaboration to promote cultural and tourist exchange with Costa Ricaone of the most chosen destinations by Argentines.
This Friday, May 13, four mayors from Costa Rica and entrepreneurs from the tourism and gastronomic sector. They were received by the lieutenant governor mario abed and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Andres Lombardi.
The main objective of this trip, which has been taking place for more than two years, is to promote sightseeing between both regions considering that Costa Rica It is one of the most chosen countries by Argentines both to vacation and to emigrate.
“We are impressed by the order and cleanliness of the city of mendoza. It’s nice to come to a province like this that cares for nature and has beautiful landscapes,” said Jorge Arturo Alfaro Orias, mayor of Santa Cruz.
consulted by MDZ During the press conference, the mayor of Santa Cruz said that he had chosen mendoza to promote Costa Rica because of the links they have with the province. “We have many people from Argentina living in our country, mainly on the coast. We received an invitation, we analyzed the possibility of coming and we said: this is the ideal town that Costa Rica needs to know”.
In addition, the Costa Rican official highlighted the benefits that the destination has and that attract Argentine tourists so much, especially the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the rich natural heritage, Costa Rica It has the greatest biodiversity in the world.
“Public-private alliances are the most important thing to boost tourism. We want to know how things are being done here, what exchange of experiences we can have between both countries,” he shared. MDZ Hernán Imhoff, president of the Tamarindo Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
Regarding the strategies to promote outbound and inbound tourism in both destinations, Deputy Governor Mario Abed said that “from the province we can make the link with you in tourism, but you can also do it with each municipality”, taking into account that each commune has a specific area.
For this reason, they were accompanied on the visit by the Mayor of the Capital, Ulpian Suarez; from Rivadavia, Miguel Ronco, and from Junin, Hector Ruiz; the director of Culture, Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Santa Rosa, Angélica Pereira, and the Secretary of Government of that municipality, Magdalena Azcurra.
Improvements in air connectivity
Both the mayors and businessmen as well as the Mendoza officials who participated in the meeting highlighted the need to emphasize air connectivity to favor all types of exchange, mainly tourism.
At the moment mendoza is connected with Panama with direct flights operated by the airline Copa. Then, it is necessary to travel from Panama to San José de Costa Ricathe flights are 60 minutes.
“What we have to work on the most Costa Rica and Argentina, specifically with Mendoza, is connectivity. We are slowly recovering the levels of connections that we had in 2019, before the Pandemic”, said Hernán Imhoff.
“If we don’t have good connectivity, the tickets are in the clouds and, if that happens, the tourist doesn’t travel. The secret is to do great marketing between both destinations, the plane has to bring tourists from Costa Rica and return with tourists as well, if the flight is empty it doesn’t work for either party,” Imhoff clarifies.
A complete agenda in Mendoza
Costa Rican visitors will stay in mendoza until Wednesday, May 18. Your stay in the province will have a packed agenda that will include visits to different departments to learn about the wine production and the tourist offers of the place.
In addition to knowing the main tourist attractions of mendoza, the entourage will tour the productive areas. Many of the products used in the gastronomic industry of Costa Rica they are of Mendoza origin, among the most sought after is wine, with malbec at the top; the olive oil; olives and pistachios.
In this sense, Ulpiano Suarez, stated that “today we meet with friendly mayors to create a bond”, so “it would be good to form a work table with colleagues with a common goal. With the private sector, to strengthen connectivity and tourism exchange”. The mayor of the Mendoza City He stressed that each of the municipalities has tourism areas that can be promoted.