San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio / Quepos Tidings

Juan Carlos Borbón, general manager of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, and some of his staff were in town Friday, meeting with hotel owners to get input on how to increase occupancy during the green season.

Following the meeting, the group attended another meeting with the 12-member tourism committee of the Chamber of Commerce and the tourism commission of the municipality, headed by Mayor Isabel León, City Council President Jonathan Rodríguez and Council Member Osvaldo Zarate.

Their discussion centered on how to help the tourism industry in the Canton de Aguirre through marketing campaigns directed at Costa Rican nationals and residents.

The three-plus-hour meeting resulted in an action plan in which participating hotels and local tour operators promised to lower rates for local residents and Costa Rican citizens. The program will be advertised through national media in coming months. For more info on participating hotels and tour companies, contact the chamber at 2777-0749 or email  

We have some new, English-speaking doctors coming to town. Their office is above La Farmacia Económica next to Super Más. One is an ENT doctor (ears, nose, and throat), one is a cardiologist and one is a dermatologist. The dermatologist can also do peelings and Botox treatments. The receptionist does not speak English but can understand enough to schedule an appointment. To do so, call Yensi at 8874-0147 or go into the pharmacy and ask for her.

–Jennifer Rice

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