The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels and partner manager of the Hotel Wyndham Herradura, Gustavo Carvajal Araya, declared that the Convention Center that will open in Costa Rica, will have a revitalizing effect and therefore implies the need to prepare.

“This investment will seek to attract much foreign investment and increase the amount of visitors and activate the economy. However, as a country, you have to prepare, and improve the infrastructure and the necessary regulatory framework for all this transformation”, he mentioned.

Araya said one has to analyze what happened in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the construction of the Expo Guadalajara, although that would not be the same as the case of the Convention Center (for its size), but it is a good example for the city’s own characteristics.

Guadalajara is the capital of the State of Jalisco, whose total population in the metropolitan area is 4,434,252 (very similar to the total of Costa Rica, but to a much lesser extent).

In 1987 the Exhibition Center Expo Guadalajara was opened. That time the city had about 5,300 hotel rooms in the metropolitan area. Nineteen years later, in 2006, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Jalisco, Guadalajara Metropolitan Area had 18,113 hotel rooms. This was an increase of 350% in the same period or a growth rate of 18% annually in the tourism sector in that area since the creation of the Convention Center.

“Obviously, this increase in tourism in the area was affected positively by the construction of Expo Guadalajara which has become a tourist magnet for the city since the largest trade shows and conventions of Mexico have taken place because of its facilities” , he emphasized.

The businessman said that in the case of Greater Metropolitan Air of San Jose, “Nearly 5,000 hotel rooms are counted. However, if we analyze that tourism offer, it can be concluded that only about 2,000 rooms could serve the discerning executives, lecturers and their families who visit the Convention Center. This leads to the obvious conclusion that they must prepare for the conditions and characteristics of these travelers’ basic needs as well as prepare for the increase in visitors this could mean.”

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

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