Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador

January 30, 2015

Costa Rica’s best known export, Real Madrid goalie Keylor Navas, has been named the country’s first official tourism ambassador during the FITUR tourism export in Madrid Thursday.

“Very happy and proud to be the ICT [Costa Rican Tourism Board] tourism ambassador for Costa Rica Pura Vida!,” the Pérez Zeledón native tweeted.

“We’re taking this opportunity at FITUR, one of the most important tourism events in the world, to recognize the talent, human quality and character of Keylor Navas, who has lifted the name of Costa Rica very high thanks to his humility, worth and tenacity,” said Costa Rican Tourism Minister Wilhelm von Breymann in a Facebook post.

Navas became a household name internationally during the 2014 World Cup, saving 21 of 23 (91 percent) shots on target in Brazil, while leading Costa Rica to its first-ever quarterfinals appearance. The Tico signed with the prestigious Real Madrid soccer club in July 2014.

Tourism officials reported that 2,526,817 international arrivals were registered in 2014, an increase of 4.1 percent over the previous year. That’s an increase of 98,876 arrivals by air, land and at ports, the ICT reported.

“I’m convinced that anyone who visits Costa Rica will discover what it truly means to have an authentic travel experience,” Navas said in a statement released on his official website, “This place offers unforgettable moments for anyone who visits this paradise.”

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry confirms three imported cases of the measles
Health matters
1023 views
Health matters
1023 views

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry confirms three imported cases of the measles

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 21, 2019

Costa Rica's Health Ministry confirmed Thursday afternoon three imported cases of the measles, the country's first since 2014. The affected…

New tournament in Quepos to crown Best Fisherwoman Worldwide
Sponsored content
404 views
Sponsored content
404 views

New tournament in Quepos to crown Best Fisherwoman Worldwide

The Tico Times - February 21, 2019

For the first time in Costa Rica, women who love sport fishing will go to sea in a world-class event…

Guaidó-appointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
825 views
Costa Rica
825 views

Guaidó-appointed ambassador takes possession of Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica

AFP and The Tico Times - February 21, 2019

Maria Faría, appointed ambassador by the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, took possession of her country's diplomatic headquarters…