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Costa Rica promoting adventure tourism to U.S. audiences during Winter Olympics broadcasts

No, Costa Rica doesn’t have any athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But the country will still get its chance to shine through the ice and snow. The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) will broadcast ads promoting sun, beaches and adventure tourism in Costa Rica for U.S. television audiences. 

The 30-second spots are part of Costa Rica’s new “Essential Costa Rica” brand campaignCosta Rica will air 267 ads during the NBC broadcast of the games from Feb. 7-23. The total endeavor will cost $500,000.

“They aim to show the essence of Costa Rica as a tourist destination for the Olympics’ millions of viewers,” Tourism Minister Allan Flores said.

Flores said the ads intend to strengthen Costa Rica’s tourist destination image among sport and adventure lovers.

The previous edition of the Olympic Winter Games, hosted ​​by Vancouver, Canada, in 2010, attracted 190 million viewers, according to NBC. The TV network has exclusive rights to the Olympics in the United States.

This year’s Winter Games will  be seen by 65 percent of U.S. adults aged 18-55, which represents some 158 million viewers, according to estimates by Forbes magazine.

The “Essential Costa Rica” campaign launched in 2013, and was shown in movie theaters at various U.S. cities. Watch the full 2:52 version of the TV spot below:

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Glad to see Costa reaching out. I’m not too fond of the commercial though. The guys voice is boring and the third person use of “I’m” really gets old

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You said it “Prime time.” They’re probably being aired at cheaper time slots.
Most of TT readers are always seeing the bad side of things in every single story…

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My bad, 267 thirty second slots is 133.5 minutes. Still a phenomenal buy…. or what…

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Businessweekmagazine posted that NBC will be making about $1 million/ad for prime time Olympic ad. Good on CR tourist board for getting 267 for $.5 mill. ???? Wha?

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