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Roxy M Jones - Pixabay Commons Beans Tested in Costa Rica Could Thrive Despite Global Warming

Roxy M Jones - Pixabay Commons ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (25 MARCH 2015) EUREKALERT--Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders with the CGIAR global agriculture research partnership announced today the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of "heat-beater" beans that could keep producti...

Wikimedia Commons Burgeoning Industry in Costa Rica: Fine Cigars

Wikimedia Commons Pressbox UK - While it seems that so much of the premium cigar industry is turning to Nicaragua for its tobacco, Philip Wynne, owner of the Felipe Gregorio cigar brand, is looking to Costa Rica. He's contracted 80 acres of land in Costa Rica to grow tobacco, built a factory and reblended three of his brands with nothing but Costa Rican leaf. It isn't a leap of faith nor me...

Cuba A High-Speed Ferry Service from the Florida Keys to Cuba?

Miami, Mar 20 (EFE).- The South Florida ferry company CubaKat is planning to start very soon operating trips by sea to Cuba from Marathon in the Florida Keys, the company said Friday. "CubaKat's goal is to offer our ferry service, from the Florida Keys to ports within Cuba, some time in 2015. Currently, we're working with officials from both countries to make this venture a reality," the compan...

Source: Ylang Ylang Resort A Great Time for the Wedding Travel Industry in Costa Rica

Romantic getaways, weddings and honeymoons are specialty activities that tourism operators in Costa Rica have learned to master in the last few decades. As a result, our country currently enjoys a great reputation as the main destination for new couples in Latin America. In this press release, you can learn about a Costa Rica beach hotel and restaurant that is preparing to hold a record number of ...

A luxury villa in Costa Rica Costa Rica Intends to Remain an Expensive Vacation Destination

A luxury villa in Costa Rica Tourism industry leaders in Costa Rica have come to accept the following reality: The high costs of operating a business in our country leave no choice but to attract visitors who can afford expensive vacations. In other words, Costa Rica will now be known as a destination for travelers who enjoy generous levels of disposable income. Such is the gist of a report re...

Source: The Retreat Costa Rica The Luxury-Wellness Vacation Segment Grows in Costa Rica

Source: The Retreat Costa Rica The fastest-growing specialty segment of the tourism industry in Costa Rica focuses on combining luxury with sustainability and holistic wellness. Celebrity nutritionist Diana Stobo is one of the latest business persons who are venturing into this burgeoning segment. Here's the official press release on the retreat created by Ms. Stobo. ATENAS, Costa Rica, Mar...

Source: Sub Zero New International Ice Cream Franchise in Costa Rica

Source: Sub Zero Jaco, Costa Rica (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 - Bernard Trade Group is proud to announce that Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt has leased a location in the New City Mall in Alajuela, Costa Rica. City Mall is on track to open in November 2015 and is located next to the Juan Santamaria International Airport. City Mall will be the largest shopping center in Costa Rica ever built in a sing...

inflation January and February Economic Report for Costa Rica

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released a new Country Report for Costa Rica. This new report, which is available in electronic format through Research and Markets, covers economic activity for the months of January and February 2015. As expected, the highlight of the report is the ongoing inflation, which has been increasing at a very fast clip during the administration of President Luis...

Source: Flickr Commons Emerging Business: Plastic Surgery Tourism in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons MUMBAI, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Cosmetic Surgery & Services Market Analysis 2015-2019 is the latest analysis on this vertically growing market. It is currently worth over $20 billion and is set to rise to over $27 billion by 2019. This comprehensive report is supported by 60 tables & figures over 275 pages and is presented as follows: Global mark...

Source: Wikimedia Commons TV Programs from Costa Rica Head to U.S. Cable Networks

Source: Wikimedia Commons MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Centroamerica TV, the official channel of the Central American community in the U.S., recently launched on Cox Communications cable systems in San Diego, Arizona, Las Vegas, Omaha, Orange County, Kansas, Northwest Arkansas, the Central Coast, and Sun Valley, significantly expanding Centroamerica TV’s distribution throughout the national Cox Com...

Source: Southwest Airlines Southwest Celebrates New Travel Connection to Costa Rica

Source: Southwest Airlines DALLAS, March 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The People of Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) today inaugurated two international routes that brought new long-haul service for Customers using two of the carrier's growing gateways, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. Each of the new routes is longer than 2,000 mi...

Wikimedia Commons Enterprise Rent-A-Car Travels to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons ST. LOUIS, March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Holdings announced today that it is expanding into Latin America with the appointment of Grupo ANC as an Enterprise Rent-A-Car franchise partner in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua.   Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world through a global net...

Flickr Commons Travel to Costa Rica and Become a Great Entrepreneur

Flickr Commons How can I develop the skills of a successful entrepreneur? This is a question that gets repeatedly asked in business circles in Costa Rica and anywhere else in the world. This question refers to the skills needed to be learned to become a successful entrepreneurship wizard. It is trickier to learn the soft skills of successful entrepreneur since these are not found in textbooks ...

Source: Pixabay Commons Lawyer Who Swindled Expats in Costa Rica Travels to Jail

Source: Pixabay Commons The Criminal Division Tribunal at the Pavas Courthouse has sentenced attorney Moises Vincenzi to a five-year prison term for his role in a scheme to defraud an elderly Canadian couple in Costa Rica. According to a report by Evelin Andino of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the amount of money scammed by Mr. Vincenzi is close to $8 million. The expats who were ripped off b...

Screenshot of INS webpage Insurance Giant From Costa Rica Gets Excellent Ratings

Screenshot of INS webpage MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) (San Jose, Costa Rica). The outlook for both ratings is stable.   The ratings reflect INS’ favorable operating performance in conjunction with strong capitalization, sound reinsuranc...

Flickr Commons Simple Productivity Tips for Organizing Work Life

Flickr Commons What is productivity really about? It essentially refers to doing more and more things in less time. Productivity is very important in this contemporary age of hectic work schedules. As we all know, time management is the most important and most talked about aspect of increasing productivity. As unexpected and unimportant tasks consume time, it is good to abstain from them by al...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Global Ecotourism Network Reorganizes in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA--(Marketwired - February 26, 2015) - The entire Advisory Committee of the TIES program of the International Tourism Collective (ITC) has resigned from the ITC and is calling for global participation from members within the international ecotourism and sustainable tourism community to join in a transition to a new, positive, transparent and accountable global association to sup...

Source: Pure Hospitality Online Travel Booking Engine Being Developed in Costa Rica

Source: Pure Hospitality LAS VEGAS, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Hospitality Solutions, Inc., (OTC: PNOW) announced today, that the Company has made stronger relationships, to ensure that its FROL booking engine is given new life as Oveedia, the anticipated Central-America-Caribbean Online Travel Agency (OTA) to be launched in Costa Rica later this year. "Take a serious look at the OT...

Source: EFE Coca-Cola Centennial Celebration Will Come to Costa Rica

Source: EFE Atlanta, Feb 25 (EFE).- Beverage giant Coca-Cola will celebrate the centennial of its iconic "hobble-skirt" glass bottle with art exhibitions, a global media campaign and a commemorative song composed for the occasion, company representatives said. Atlanta, where the company has its headquarters and Coca-Cola, considered one of the most profitable creations of modern industry, was b...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Sunwing Wants to Fly More Canadians to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canadian airline Sunwing intends to offer more connections between North American cities and Costa Rica. As reported by The Costa Rica Star, Sunwing has previously announced flights from Toronto and Edmonton to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), which is conveniently located near the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste. According to a report by Juan...

File photo Canadian Firm Borrows Money to Fight Costa Rica

Alleged Greenwashing by Infinito Gold A mining company with a controversial track record in Costa Rica recently announced its acceptance of a loan from a major shareholder, and this temporary provision of funds is expected to float this embattled Canadian firm as it pursues a claim against Costa Rica. Readers of The Costa Rica Star are likely familiar with the saga of Infinito Gold in our c...

Source: Pixabay Commons Two Things U.S. Dollar Earners in Costa Rica Should Know

The Greenback If the way you make a living in Costa Rica consists of getting paid in United States dollars (USD), there a couple of things you should know about what your financial future might hold now that the greenback is no longer tied to currency exchange bands. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, the Central Bank decided to get rid of the currency exchange bands, which had a min...

Pali in Quepos. Source: Wikimedia Commons Convenience Store Sector Expands in Costa Rica

Super Mora During 2014, grocery retailers in Costa Rica continued to focus on offering attractive value relations to consumers, which were mainly represented by discounts and offers in the case of supermarkets (even in the case of the high- end players), hypermarkets and discounters, while convenience stores remained committed with offering time-saving, differentiated items and product availa...

Wikimedia Commons A Very Slow Valentine’s Day for Retailers in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica has been eager to adopt some of the so-called Hallmark (or commercial) holidays created in the United States; a good example in this regard is Black Friday, a shopping extravaganza that our country has expanded into Black November. Such has not really the case with Valentine's Day, which is mostly known as día del amor y la amistad (Love and Friendship Day). Whe...

HSBC HSBC Scandal in Costa Rica: A Courier and a Dead Cop

News media outlets in Costa Rica are beginning to provide details on the highly controversial Swiss Leaks scandal involving millions upon millions of dollars stashed away in deposit and investment accounts at the controversial HSBC bank in Switzerland. Allegations about the involvement high-profile business people and politicians were reported by the press in Costa Rica, but initial investigations...

Cafe Britt Shop Coffee Giant from Costa Rica Chooses Predictive Marketing

Cafe Britt MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) - AgilOne, the predictive marketing cloud company, announced in December that the Costa Rica based gourmet, hand-roasted coffee and hand-made chocolate retailer Café Britt became a new customer. Café Britt is a company that prides itself on the unique, authentic and personalized experience each customer has with the brand. They plan to use AgilOne ...

Wikimedia Commons Sustainably-Grown Pineapples From Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons One of the most lucrative crops in Costa Rica has come under heavy criticism from environmental activists and farmers who are concerned about the sustainability of their soil and ecosystems. Pineapples are one of the most enticing cash crops in Costa Rica thanks to heavy demand from developed markets such as Europe. Unfortunately, the mass and indiscriminate farming of pineap...

Source: Pura Vida Bracelets Bracelets Made in Costa Rica Featured by Forbes Magazine

Source: Pura Vida Bracelets An enterprise previously featured by The Costa Rica Star is now being recognized by the prestigious business magazine Forbes. Paul Goodman and Griffin Thall are the cofounders of Pura Vida Bracelets; in the past, we described their entrepreneurial spirit as follows: When Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman traveled to Costa Rica in 2009 after graduating from San Diego S...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica’s Credit Rating Suffers; Banks Improve

Source: Wikimedia Commons Despite a recent decision by the Central Bank of Costa Rica to allow the United States dollar (USD) to float freely against the colon (CRC), the country’s sovereign debt remains very high while the deficit becomes tougher to manage. As a result, The Costa Rica Star has recently published press releases from Fitch Ratings, which indicate that the sovereign debt outlook...

Partial Endocrine System Major Endocrinology Science Symposium in Costa Rica

Partial Endocrine System February 02, 2015 12:21 PM - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) will convene the first-ever, Pan-American Scientific Symposium: Clinical Endocrinology in Latin America on February 26-28 in San Jose, Costa Rica. “It’s a transcultural opportunity for us to share and adapt our AACE guidelines and educationa...

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