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Fortune 500’s Accenture to Open Costa Rica IT Services Center…

Accenture, named this year by Fortune Magazine as the world’s most admired information technology services company, will be establishing a new delivery center in Costa Rica for the 70+ Search Technologies big data engineers based in the country, said a company press release.

The Fortune 500 company announced earlier this month their acquisition of

The expansion to Costa Rica is part of the acquisition.

The Costa Rica Center will specialize in customer and content analytics. The Costa Rica team will work closely with the Accenture Interactive digital content production and marketing services team to offer clients complementary services and holistic content offerings, as they seek to deal with the explosion of content across multiple channels. The new location will become part of the Accenture Global Delivery Network, said the company.

Accenture PLC is a global management consulting and professional services company that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services and was incorporated in Dublin, Ireland, since September 1, 2009. Accenture’s current clients include 94 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500. Accenture common equity is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol ACN, and was added to the S&P 500 index on July 5, 2011, according to Wikipedia.

By applying artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like machine learning to this type of client data, Accenture can help generate new, more precise insights that drive improved business outcomes, according to a press release on the company website.

Search Technologies joins the existing community of data scientists and engineers within Accenture Analytics and will focus on developing and industrializing solutions that make unstructured content from social media to video to voice and audio easily searchable to support data discovery, analytics and large-scale reporting. Search Technologies employs nearly 200 big data engineers and search experts from locations across the United States, Costa Rica, Europe and the Philippines.

“With the addition of Search Technologies capabilities, we are in an even stronger position to help organizations take advantage of their data, regardless of format, to generate more precise and actionable insights,” said Narendra Mulani, chief analytics officer, Accenture Analytics.

Kamran Khan, president and CEO of Search Technologies, will lead a new Content Analytics team within Accenture Analytics.

By Wendy  Anders

ICT shows 8.4% growth in number of Europeans vacationing in Costa Rica

The strategy implemented by the Costa Rica Tourism Board to promote the country for European tourists is paying off, according to data provided by the General Direction of Migration Costa Rica has received 8.4% more European tourists (through the airports) in the first semester of 2017 in comparison to the same period of 2016.

The Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura, has explained on several occasions that the government’s goal was to diversify and not be so dependent on the American tourists.

“Historically we have depended on the United States as a natural market, and the efforts of attracting new airlines, market intelligence, promotion, publicity and public relations were all focused on this country; but the story has changed, because it is necessary that Costa Rica takes advantage of its image to reinforce its positioning in Europe as a market with huge potential”, explained Ventura.

The majority of European tourists coming in the country originate from France with a total of 35,759 (through airports only) followed by the United Kingdom with 33,249 and Germany 27,856.

The growth is directly related to the increase in the number of airlines(currently 8) and the frequency of direct flights from Europe to Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica Tourism Board has taken steps towards ensuring a continuous growth of this market by opening a PR agency in each of the four main European markets (France, Spain, Germany and United Kingdom), having presence in international tourism fairs and creating marketing strategies directed to this market.

By Laura Alvarado

Celebrities Show us Some fun Activities in Costa Rica

As we reported earlier this week, several celebrities are vacationing in Costa Rica, one of them, Mexican actress Salma Hayek along with her beautiful young daughter and her billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault; the famous family was spotted in Santa Teresa de Cóbano, Puntarenas, but they had been discreet and careful about their time in the country; however, the sexy actress shared some of her adventures in the country with her fans in social media.

Salma Hayek

Norman Reedus, on the other hand, the famous Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead who is in the country with German-American actress and former model Diane Kruger took pictures with fans in the area of Nosara, had fun surfing in Guiones Beach and even had time to volunteer some time to plant trees for the Barri-Guiones Coastal Restauration Project.

According to local newspaper La Nacion, Gerardo Bolaños, director of the organization met Reedus while surfing and told him about the project,

“I met him at the beach, I approached him and told him about the project, he liked it a lot, and said he was excited. He is a very kind person, fun and a joker”, said Bolaños in declarations to La Nacion.

Apparently Reedus planted three trees, one in honor of Diane, another one in honor of his son. Diane planted one tree dedicated to Reedus.

Barri-Guiones is a reforestation project carried out by non-profit organization Costas Verdes.

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By Costa Rica Star

 

IROMAN 70.3 COSTA RICA 2018 IS HERE !!

Ironman 2018 is here, the first of August opened the inscriptions for this incredible event, which will take place on June 24, 2018, again in Playas del Coco .. soon more details will be known, for now the inscriptions are open. .

http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/costa-rica/register.aspx#axzz4ollkO9dh

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo announces $35 million Resort Re- Imagination with December 2017 debut..

New era of locally-inspired, globally-considered modern luxury coming to the only Forbes Five-Star resort in Central and South America..

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, the only Forbes Five-Star luxury resort in Central and South America, announces a  USD 35 million extensive re-imagination that will bring a striking new interpretation of modern eco-luxury and meaningful explorations to Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast in December 2017.  Active families and couples, nature enthusiasts, bold adventure seekers and more will discover a world apart at the re-imagined Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica located on a strait of back-to-back sandy beaches within the premier eco-tourism destination of Peninsula Papagayo.

The Resort-wide transformation will begin in August 2017 and encompass the following:

  • All 181 guest rooms, suites and villas will emerge as soothing retreats with a seamless visual connection to the flora, fauna and ocean views beyond each balcony or patio
  • A redesigned arrival experience with an inviting setting along with a new luxury retail experience
  • New culinary concepts featuring locally-sourced organic foods, including  three re-imagined restaurants and an all-new Añejo bar and Library lounge
  • An enhanced signature pool area with new luxury cabanas, amenities and programming
  • A new collection of guest activities and experiences rooted in a deep connection to self and nature
  • Experience all that is new with an introductory offer of a USD 1,000 Resort credit with a five night stay

Design Details

The USD 35 million renovation of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica will be guided by a locally-inspired yet globally-considered modern design narrative from Meyer Davis Studio. The renowned New York City-based design boutique will bring a handcrafted approach to effortlessly integrating the Resort’s signature indoor-outdoor spaces with the peninsula’s vibrant tropical landscape so that nature takes centre stage. Meyer Davis’ design concept of effortless, sun-dappled luxury and modern elegance will play with space, form, texture and light to develop a visual experience that celebrates the rare beauty and alluring mystique of Peninsula Papagayo and the rustic coastal Central American lifestyle. The new design vision will weave together a soothing, natural colour palette, rich elements from nature, indigenous art and local wood to create an immediate and lasting impression while revealing an ongoing visual dialogue of discovery.

Enhanced Rooms and Suites

The Resort’s 181 guest rooms, suites and villas will emerge as all-new sophisticated retreats for today’s generation of luxury travellers, with a modern yet locally-celebrated design aesthetic that recalls the intimate luxury, warmth and comforts of a beautiful home space. Each room’s foundation of new furnishings, natural colours, rich textures and woods, and local elements including artisan pieces and artwork will create a seamless visual connection to the wondrous flora and fauna and expansive ocean views on display beyond each room’s private balcony or patio. The Resort’s 15 one-bedroom Canopy Suites built into the hillside will additionally feature new plunge pools.

Redesigned Lobby with New Luxury Retail Experience

The redesigned lobby will offer an inviting and convivial open-air gathering space that encourages guests to linger longer and enjoy the surrounding nature. The lobby will also be anchored by a new luxury retail experience.

New Dining and Drinking Experiences

All of the Resort’s five culinary venues will be re-conceptualised with a fresh approach that focuses on locally-sourced organic foods.  Highlights include three re-imagined restaurants and an all-new Añejo bar and Library lounge serving artisanal rum and spirits. The Resort’s signature restaurant will offer a new farm-and-sea-to-table concept and a showpiece outdoor kitchen. A redesigned lower lobby lounge will provide a dynamic gathering space for guests that transitions throughout the day from grab ‘n go offerings in the morning to a relaxed lounge and bar setting during afternoons and evenings. Guests can also enjoy an enhanced steakhouse and an Italian and Mediterranean seafood-focused restaurant.

New Ways to Relax and Explore

Flanked by glistening beach and ocean views, the signature pool area at the heart of the Resort will become an ultimate escape for sun-kissed relaxation and social gathering with enhancements including new luxury cabanas, amenities and programming that offer new ways to relax and play. Guests can also enjoy a variety of only-here experiences across active adventures, culture, wellness, fitness and volunteerism that range from exhilarating manta ray and dolphin expeditions, mountain biking along the Peninsula’s new trail system, surfing trips and yoga practice to experiencing the lives of the local Ticos people through horse riding, cheese making and pottery sessions.

Major Investment in Peninsula Papagayo

The December 2017 debut of the re-imagined Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica will also signal the launch of a more than USD 100 million investment toward a major transformation of the 1,400-acre (570 hectare) Peninsula Papagayo – one of the premier residential and resort communities in the Americas. Guided by new ownership led by Miami-based Gencom, a leading international luxury hospitality and residential real estate investment and development firm, the ambitious destination transformation will connect and celebrate the sprawling Peninsula from end to end for the first time. In addition to the Resort renovation, the first USD 100 million phase will include all-new Peninsula amenities, immersive adventure and cultural experiences and a Peninsula-wide network of more than eight miles (13 kilometres) of nature trails designed to integrate man and nature and help preserve one of the most extraordinary biological corridors on the planet.

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