Hundreds of tour operators from around the world will meet at the XXV Expotur Fair, to be held in Costa Rica starting this Thursday, which features innovations designed to protect the environment, the event’s organizers reported.
Expotur is the "catch-all for Central American tourism marketing,” which annually brings together companies in the region that provide services and companies from other parts of the world looking for things to sell to their customers.
250 companies from the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America will participate in this year’s event, according to Patricia Duar, Executive Director of the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals, which organized the fair.
As a counterpart, some 300 companies from Costa Rica and other Central American countries related to tourism, such as hotels, airlines, car rental, bank, and credit card companies, among others, will participate.
This time the fair, which started 25 years ago, will have several new features, such as specialized tours operators: rural, medical, educational, conferences-and-conventions-related tourism types, among others, said Duar.
Another innovation is that Expotur 2009 reunion will be the first "carbon neutral" business meeting; in other words, it will offset the greenhouse gas emissions that its activities generate.
To that end, organizers have pledged to plant 20,000 trees across the country and give them the care and monitoring they need to grow.
In addition, instead of printed materials, the participants in the Fair will receive a USB storage device containing all relevant information.
The economic crisis has affected tourism in Central America, but to a lesser extent than it has in other parts of the world, according to officials in the sector.
The fair will end on Friday.