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Costa Rica´s Peninsula Papagayo Project, Including the Four Seasons Resort, Acquired by Gencom Affiliate

Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica is one of the best tourist destination in Latin America, no doubt about it. As announced last month by Business Wire (www.businesswire.com), Gencom Affiliate has acquired the 1,400-acre luxury master development in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The amount of the transaction was no disclosed.

Besides the award winning Four Seasons Papagayo, the Peninsula Papagayo project includes an 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course and club house, the 180-slip Marina Papagayo, and the Prieta Beach Club, all of them known for the luxury services they offered. Also, providing jobs to over 700 employees. Business Wire also indicates that the Four Seasons Papagayo has been ranked as the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Resort in Latin America.

One of the goals through this acquisition is to renovate the project. Gencom is partnering with a local developer, Sinergo Development Group, for the initial renovation, including the Four Seasons Resort, and also the development of future phases. Alongside these two corporations, Costa Rican firm Zurcher Arquitectos and US firm Meyer Davis will also be working on the project for renovation and interior design.

The original ownership of the Papagayo Peninsula project, had started a local nonprofit organization, Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together). This nonprofit was showing support to the surrounding communities by helping out local high and elementary schools with educational initiatives and preventive healthcare campaigns. Gencom is planning to invest and continue working on these projects and supporting the nonprofit organization, which is great news to those who were benefiting from the program.

Also, it is expected that the renovation of the project and the construction and development of new phases, will create jobs in Guanacaste, will increase the amount of tourist visiting the area, and will develop luxury residential real estate projects within the Peninsula.

Coopetico – A Local Taxi Union – Is to Launch App for Its Customers

taxicrcIn what we believe to be a move against UBER Costa Rica, Coopetico – a local taxi union out of San José – has decided to launch an app to improve its costumer service. The group announced this week that the app will be ready in two weeks and that it will help consumers request taxi services from the location they are, they could even a Tico direction and the drivers will know how to get there (we might have to write an article about a Tico direction sometime in the near future, it is actually amusing).

Coopetico has been working on the app for over a year. Phase one of the project was to test to separate platforms and making the necessary adjustments to come up with a better alternative for taxi users and drivers. The user will also be able to pay for its service with cash or debit or credit card.

Once the user request the service, he will receive confirmation containing the name of the taxi owner and a phone number to contact the owner in case there is a problem with the service or a delay with the arrival of the taxi.

The app was developed by the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH), and will be only available for iOS users. No android version yet. Coopetico informed that they are also offering customer service training to taxi drivers to improve the services they offer to the final consumer.

There has been much complain from the taxi drivers and owners about UBER. However, this move from the taxi group is proving that healthy competition produces better services. Taxi users in Costa Rica would have never dreamed of having apps like this or better services in Costa Rica. It looks lik, but is also helping the consumers of taxi services who won´t be using UBER.

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