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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.

Costa Rica Is Within the 40% of the Most Developed Countries in the World

costaricaindexmapCosta Rica is a small country, it has less than 5 million people and it is only 19,730 mi2. Despite its size and the small number of inhabitants, Costa Rica is considered medium to high-developed country; in fact, it is among the 40% of countries with the highest development rate. The development observatory of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) came to this conclusion after evaluating 14 global indexes and 394 indicators in which Costa Rica is present.

Among the considered indexes and indicators are those related to happiness, global well-being, and democracy. These helped boost the performance of the country in the international scene.

However, not all the indicators show positive results. Those related to the economic situation and ease of doing business. When it comes to these two indexes Costa Rica needs to pay high priority attention to them. Among the factors that need to be observed are those related to the tax situation and government expense. Once these are solved, the country will be able to move up to a higher development level.

When it comes to the development of social aspects, 65 indicators were analyzed and 3% of them are considered top priority. One of this, to which the country has to pay closer attention to, is the participation of women in the labor market. In Costa Rica, for every 10 men who work, only 6 women do it (60%). However, in countries with higher development indexes this relationship is 9 female workers for every 10 male workers.

Costa Rica is promoted as a green destination, national parks, natural reserves and eco-tourism are among the country´s main attractions. One would expect the country to have high levels of development in environmental matters. However, Costa Rica lost important spots in these areas, mainly due to poor management of sewage waters and a necessity to better protect its oceans.

Although there are some areas in which the country needs to improve, it is important to note that none of the indicators placed the country in the lower levels of development like medium-low, low or very low.

The following table shows some of the social indicators and the level of priority which the government needs to pay to them:

High Medium Low
High school enrollment Rural access to drinkable water sources Death due to contagious diseases
Murder rate Private property rights Infant mortality rate
Internet users Freedom of movement Access to electrical energy
Obesity rate Suicide rate Freedom of press index
Water extraction World class universities Quality of electrical services
Prenatal mortality rate Female schooling age average Life expectancy at birth
Early marriage Education accomplishment inequity Religious freedom

 

The following tables shows some of the environmental index and the level of attention that needs to be paid to them.

High Medium Low
Sewage water treatment Air pollution Environmental risk exposition
Protected sea areas Quality of drinkable water Home air quality
Nitrogen use efficiency Protected land areas Access to sanitation
Nitrogen balance Reduction of protected woods Access to drinkable water
Fish stocks Trends in carbon intensity

Earth Day from Costa Rica

Volcanopoas.jpg (650×432)Is there a lot we can say about Earth Day? May be. I am sure if we do some research and a lot of thinking we can come up with a nice article about the Earth Day, or why is it important to take care of it, or even Global Warming and how much it affects our earth. But we are sure you can find a lot of that all over the Internet.

Most companies are talking about Earth Day, and of course we have to talk about it too. But, instead of talking (or writing) about Earth Day, why don´t we show you what Earth Day looks like in Costa Rica? May be that way you will feel motivate to come and check it out on your own. Happy Earth Day!

Fauna in Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flora in Costa Rica

Scenery in Costa Rica

Liberia (LIR) Airport in Costa Rica Announced a $10 Million Expansion Plan

Passenger traffic at the Liberia, Daniel Oduber Airport in Costa Rica (LIR) has significantly increased. That is giving way to an upcoming expansion announced by CORIPORT, the airport´s managing company.

The expansion of the airport, located close to some of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica such as Playas del Coco, Tamarindo and Flamingo, will include the current waiting and baggage claim areas and new spaces for shops and offices. The company reports that the total expansion will increase the terminal area by 20%.

Total expansion costs are estimated at $10.3 million and the timeframe to complete the job will be one year from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017.

Cesar Jaramillo, General Manager of CORIPORT, says: “Liberia has grown as tourist destination, and this reflects in the increase of routes and seats, as well as the arrival of new flights at the terminal.” The amount of passengers increased 12.4% in 2015 compared with 2014.

Also, a new cargo terminal will launch operations in mid-2016 to facilitate business opportunities for importers and exporters, mainly for those in the northwestern region of Costa Rica.

This is great news for the province of Guanacaste because the expansion will bring more jobs and allow a better transit of tourist.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, El Clasico. What Does It Have to Do with Costa Rica?

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. No matter which team you put first, this is one of the most important soccer games in the world. Two of the biggest and richer teams in the world clash against each other to proof who is the best in the soccer field.

Last Saturday, April 2nd, both teams clashed on the field of the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona in what was the last Clasico of the 2015-2016 season for the Spanish Soccer, or Football, League. The game in itself is an exquisite dish for those who love soccer; it is estimated that the game was broadcasted live to over 600 million people worldwide.

Barcelona came to the game with a striking record of not having lost a game in the past 39 games they played in all competitions, whether it was La Liga, Copa del Rey or UEFA Champions League. They also came at the top of La Liga with a 10 point advantage over Real Madrid. Finally, they had won the last Clasico, in Madrid, with a 4-0 victory over Real Madrid.

Real Madrid came striving to save its honor and proof that Madrid, despite the bad year they have had in La Liga, and the humiliating lost against Barcelona at the las Clasico, is better that Barcelona.

The BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) in Real Madrid´s side was facing the MSN (Mesi, Suarez and Neymar) on the Barcelona side, and those who watch the game were not disappointed. Real Madrid came out of Barcelona with a 2-1 victory and is now 7 points behind the Blaugranas in La Liga.

But, why is the Spanish Clásico so important in Costa Rica when it is played over 5,000 miles away? Yes, the Clasico is that important in Costa Rica. The bars and restaurants in San José were packed on Saturday with people trying to watch the game, which was only televised in Costa Rica through satellite TV. People were even standing outside the bars looking through the windows or the door to be able to watch the game. But going back to answering our question, it is that important because in the first place, Costa Rica is a soccer loving country. But not only that, the main reason why the game was so important is because a Costa Rican player was on the field. Hard to believe? Yes, but 100% true.

Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica´s National Team Goalkeeper is now the starting keeper for Real Madrid and he was going to be playing the most important match in the world. It is usual to see players from Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Portugal and Spain playing this match, but not from Costa Rica. However, those who watch the game on Saturday were able to see him. Keylor Navas is the Costa Rican player who has made his way up to being a starter for Real Madrid and has become a security for his team.

Keylor was an important player in the game and his best play of the night came when he flew up in the air to barely touch a ball sent his way by Leo Messi in which would have been his 500th goal. Messi was getting ready to celebrate because the ball was going in, but it found the tip of Keylor “La Pantera” Navas and the ball was sent off to the corner kick. Messi was scoreless this game, so were Neymar and Suarez, so the MSN could not do any harm to Real Madrid thanks, in part, to Keylor´s performance. On the other side the BBC scored the 2 goals that gave the victory to Real Madrid.

While people continue to talk about the game, the Ticos feel proud to have one of their best man in the field. An example of hard work, dedication and never giving up. Thank you Keylor Navas for being an inspiration for our country and our children.

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