Costa Rica cruise season beginsThe Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica began the 2013-2014 cruise season with the expectation of recovery in the Caribbean sector thanks to a signed promotional agreement with an international company.

The season started with the arrival in of the Island Princess cruise in Puerto Limon which had 2,000 tourists on board, coming mostly from the United States and Canada.

The cruise was received by the Costa Rican Tourism Minister, Allan Flores, who told reporters that for this season, which ends through next April, they expect the arrival of 64 boats to Limon, which is 12% more than the 2012-2013 season when the figure was 57.

With the aim of promoting the arrival of more cruises, Flores announced the signing of an agreement between the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) and the company Royal Caribbean Line Cruises, one of the largest in the industry.

This cooperative alliance will promote packages from the U.S. cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York and include a three days, two nights stay in Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican authorities expect the alliance, along with promotional strategies performed internationally, to result in increased cruises the country for the 2014-2015 season.

Other actions the ICT plans to implement is to improve the infrastructure in the port of Limon, as well as the recovery of architectural and cultural heritage of the Caribbean city.

For the Pacific region, tourism authorities highlighted the entry of Costa Rica to the Mesoamerican Route strategy, which aims to promote the region and cruise ports that traverse Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. (EFE)

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