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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
@philhopkinsuk
9:00 AM 23rd December 2020
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Costa Rica Launches Euro Recovery Campaign

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) has launched Costa Rica Sanctuary – the new European recovery campaign to position the country as a ‘safe’ destination and to inspire visitors to travel post Covid-19.

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, in the heart of Central America, Costa Rica offers visitors an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates.

However, like many countries, it has been affected by the international Pandemic so the aim of the campaign – which has renowned TV presenter, Julia Bradbury, as one of its UK ambassadors - is to build back trust with consumers and showcase Costa Rica as the ultimate natural escape: a ‘sanctuary’.
Costa Rica’s sector-wide Covid-19 recovery efforts were recently recognised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), who gave Costa Rica its Safe Travels stamp, which enables travellers to identify destinations and businesses which have adopted the globally standardised health and hygiene protocols.

To launch Costa Rica Sanctuary in the UK, Costa Rica’s first authentic content-focused channel (www.costarica-sanctuary.com) has been created. The new sanctuary channel, which will act as the main activity hub, will showcase the real Costa Rica through real eyes – individuals who will explain how they found their ‘sanctuary’ in Costa Rica through a variety of inspiring videos and stories sit across five pillars: culture; adventure; wellness; nature & wildlife; and sustainability.
The Costa Rica Sanctuary campaign has also rolled out in other European countries including Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Gustavo Segura Sancho, Costa Rica’s Tourism Minister, said: “We want to position our country as an ‘aspirational’ destination; a ‘sanctuary’ in the middle of the global pandemic.

“Those willing to travel should really count on Costa Rica - a place with no real crowds and where the vast majority of activities take place outdoors.”

Visitors from all over the world are now allowed to enter Costa Rica as long as they complete a digital epidemiological form and have travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to Covid-19 illness – this insurance can be also acquired at the airport in Costa Rica. A negative result of the PCR Covid-19 test is not necessary anymore for passengers who enter the country by air.

For more information about Costa Rica Sanctuary: www.cosatrica-sanctuary.com

For more information about Costa Rica, please visit: www.visitcostarica.com/uk