Costa Rica unveils sustainable convention centre

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Costa Rica unveils sustainable convention centre

The 15,600sqm Costa Rica Convention Centre (CRCC) has opened for business as Costa Rica’s first purpose-built convention centre. The sustainable centre, the authorities hope, will further position Costa Rica as a key player in the international business events industry.

CRCC is located just 10km from capital San José and less than 10km from Juan Santamaría International Airport.

With an investment worth US$35m, the CRCC can accommodate more than 6,500 delegates with 4,400sqm for exhibitions. The centre includes a main hall (divisible into three sections); six conference rooms; six meeting rooms; large foyers and pre-event areas; a business centre and a VIP lounge.

The CRCC features bioclimatic, environmental and sustainable design and architecture, including a hectare of roof solar panels, energy-efficient air-conditioning, internal and external LED lighting and naturally lit interior spaces with native trees.

Mauricio Ventura, Costa Rica’s minister of tourism, said: “The new convention centre is what we needed to help us put the country firmly on the map of the international association events market…”

Costa Rica is placed 53rd among 200 countries in the 2017 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) world ranking. The opening of the centre follows the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) strategy to develop a competitive plan to confidently compete in the international meetings industry.

In the last three years, ICT has heavily increased its presence in trade fairs and shows, boosted the role of the Costa Rica Convention Bureau and created an ambassadors programme to get institutions and associations involved in bringing events to the country.

Nearly 80 international congresses are expected to take place in Costa Rica until 2021.

For more information about the Costa Rica Convention Centre, visit www.crconventioncenter.com.

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