- Photo via Seatrade Cruise Global -
Published on Tuesday, October 5, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Representatives of the Ministry of Tourism participated in the Seatrade Cruise Global 2021 Fair, which took place at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
There were more than 140 tourist destinations and more than 80 cruise lines booths featured at the fair. This is the first since 2020 that it was reopened. The event was suspended due to the pandemic in April 2020 and April 2021.
According to the ministry, the fair is the most important event and the main exhibition of the cruise industry in the world.
Seatrade brings together all business players, including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agencies, destinations and partners from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, North and South America, among others.
"The presence of Costa Rica in Seatrade Cruise Global means that we are ready to receive cruises in the 2021-2022 season (that) inaugurated on September 1, we are a safe destination with health protocols," Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism said.
According to Segura, maritime tourism generates employment on the country's coasts, particularly when passengers disembark for tourist activities, benefiting local tour operators, and artisans among others.
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Representatives from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports and the Atlantic Port Administration Board participated in the fair.
While participants explored competitor booths, the authorities held meetings with representatives of the cruise lines, the Florida Cruise Federation and the International Association of Cruise Lines, they said.
At the Costa Rica table, representatives offered general information about the country, port description, tourist attractions, facilities, entry requirements and health protocols.
Since Sept. 1, Costa Rica reopened the maritime borders for the attention of cruise ships in the Caribbean and Pacific after 17 months of closure due to the pandemic. The first cruise in the reopening arrived at the Golfito Port, Puntarenas Province.
Costa Rica allows the entry of cruise ships tourists, as long as they follow health protocols. They must be fully vaccinated against covid-19 (except kids under the age of 12). The crew has separate mandates. Staff must be at least 95% fully vaccinated, said authorities.
According to statistics from the ministry, before the pandemic, about 250,000 tourists were arriving on cruise lines annually. In 2019, the cruise industry generated about $29.2 million in income.