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In January, the Tourism Institute reported the arrival of tourists fell by approximately 70% in 2020.
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German Government finances plan to increase tourism in Costa Rica

Published Friday, April 23, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The German Government, through the Regional Fund for Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean, launched an aid program to boost tourism in Costa Rica.

In addition to Costa Rica, Paraguay and Ecuador are included in the post-pandemic tourism recovery plan.
According to the plan, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, will invest €226,000 (about $271,000).

The three Latin American nations will contribute €399,000 (about $479,482) for a grand total of €625,000 (about $751,000). The budget will be used to finance tourism reactivation plans to be carried out in the next two years.

"Costa Rica, Paraguay and Ecuador have a wealth of natural resources that represent a great natural capital that can be used in a sustainable way by the tourism sector to support the reactivation of the economy of these countries," said Martina Nibbeling-Wriessnig, Ambassador of Germany in Costa Rica. "Through this project we seek to constitute this role using the opportunities that natural spaces offer us, strengthening the capacities to attend to tourists, planning and managing these protected areas that have been selected. "

In the case of Costa Rica, experts will develop tourism plans and products. The goal is to facilitate training and informational exchange to develop tourist reactivation plans.

The training will be carried out by specialists from the German Agency for Development and Cooperation, GIZ.
The plan is based on the exchange of information on the sustainable tourism strategy to Paraguay and Ecuador, by public and private organizations in Costa Rica, such as the Costa Rica - USA Foundation for Cooperation, CRUSA, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the National System of Conservation Areas among other organizations.

As part of the plan, experts will travel to the Cerro Corá National Park and the Ñacunday National Park in Paraguay and the Yasuní National Park and the Arenillas Ecological Reserve in Ecuador.

In January, the Tourism Institute reported the arrival of tourists fell by approximately 70% in 2020.


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