The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica and China move towards an agreement of “open skies” that would boost tourism between the two countries providing air links, official sources said today.

Costa Rica’s ambassador in Beijing, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, confirmed that a Costa Rican delegation, composed of the Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, and the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ana Cristina Jenkins is in China to negotiate the agreement. Ruiz told the site that the goal is to complete the deal on this visit.

“He has been working hard between aviations of each country, we’ve had conversations with airlines to get interested in the route and in April a delegation of tourism entrepreneurs Costa Rica was in China,” said the diplomat.

Meetings will be held on Wednesday and Thursday and participate Flores and Jenkins.

For Ruiz, is crucial to a country largely dependent on tourism, such as Costa Rica, to develop a market like China, which is the fastest growing community in the world.

“China is the fastest growing group of tourism in the world,” said Ruiz, who added that the Government of Costa Rica working on additional flexibility regarding visas that will be issued to Chinese citizens.

The relaxation of visas was one of the resolutions adopted after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, on June 2.

Costa Rica participated for the first time at the international tourism fair COTTM Beijing 2013, in order to attract Asian tourists.

According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Chinese tourists are biggest spenders on their travels, in 2012, they spent $102 billion. EFE

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