Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Moment of Peace from Costa Rica to Start 2012!

Dear Blog Followers:

We don't need many words when the world is as beautiful and peaceful as this. It was 7:00 AM this morning, on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Guanacaste province. I will be glad to help you explore it for yourself, whenever you are ready.

Best Wishes in 2012!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® Supports Guanacaste Tourism Board, CATURGUA

Recognition of Importance of Visitors and Investors to Costa Rica’s Growth

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, November 4, 2011 – The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) has decided to support CATURGUA,  C├ímara de Turismo Guanacasteca,  and its efforts to attract international visitors and investors to Costa Rica, particularly the Guanacaste Province. Both organizations understand the importance of tourism and real estate investment to Costa Rica’s economic success.

The first evidence of CRGAR’s support is the placement of a full page advertisement by CRGAR  in the latest edition of “Guanacaste – The Sunny Side of Costa Rica”, the free, seasonal CATURGUA magazine directed at visitors arriving during 2012. “CRGAR members have a solid base of professional ethics, training, credentials, and the Costa Rica MLS, to offer clients considering investments in Costa Rica”, shared Priscilla Solano, Board Fiscal of CRGAR. “We also recognize that every international investor was a visitor first, and we are proud to work with CATURGUA’s media resources to get our professional message to as many of them as possible, as they arrive.”

Tourism levels in Costa Rica have set successive yearly records, since a decline in 2009 at the depths of the global financial crisis, and advance bookings for 2012 suggest the trend of new records will continue. “CATURGUA has focused on the needs of both visitors to Costa Rica and its domestic travel industry, while seeking support from other business groups that share its interests”, according to Nadene Tipper, CRGAR Board Secretary. “CRGAR is proud to help CATURGUA with its important mission.”

Two new and important projects, both opening soon with significant implications for visitors and investors, will also receive the attention of CRGAR:

1)  The new, state-of-the-art terminal at Liberia International Airport (LIR) will soon receive its first passengers  – along with new airlines, like JetBlue, already arriving in Costa Rica.  This facility represents the biggest investment, by far, in the airport’s ability to handle surging passenger volumes since it opened to scheduled international service in December, 2002.

2) In January, a satellite hospital of the private CIMA Medical Center in San Jose will open its doors near the Liberia Airport, giving Guanacaste its very first 21st century inpatient and outpatient facility.

CRGAR will continue to support public understanding of these and other new projects in Guanacaste, as well as the work of CATURGUA.

About CRGAR:
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) is the only professional real estate organization in Costa Rica that requires its members to become individual members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States and of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA), and offers The Costa Rica MLS – the only property database in Central America built on the global Proxio platform. For