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ICT improves guidance information to visitors

TOURISTS WILL BE ABLE TO USE 800 TOLL - FREE LINE

Foreigners coming to the country will have a new guidance tool in Costa Rica. It is an 800-Tourism Card, which will allow visitors to have access to important information during their stay abroad.

“The purpose of the line is to offer information to foreign visitors in a fast and efficient way, so that they will not necessarily have to look for the information centers of the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT),” stated Carlos Ricardo Benavides, Minister of Tourism.

By using the card, tourists will have access to valuable information regarding recreational areas in the country, exchange rates, beaches with the strongest tides, as well as recommendations while traveling, and even have the ability to lodge complaints.

Complaints will be received by a call center, which is available 24 hours a day, where the people in charge will transfer the complaints to specialized personnel in the appropriate area within the ICT, namely the Tourist Customs Service Office, which also encounters cases from local tourists.

The cards will be distributed at the Immigration posts at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and very soon they will also be handed out to visitors arriving to the Daniel Oduber International Airport.

Having the size of a credit card, this tourist card contains information regarding emergency numbers for the main Embassies, as well as 911 where tourists can report emergencies. In the next few days more cards will be printed with the Braille system.

The handing out of fliers and publications with information regarding safety issues when traveling to the main tourist destinations represents another means of effective communication. The American Embassy and the Rent-a-Car Association are working together to incorporate this information inside the vehicles that are rented by visitors.

In addition to these programs, the ICT is developing initiatives to improve the signs on the national roads after an Agreement was ratified by the Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) and recently endorsed by the National Treasury. Moreover, efforts are being made to place signs at the 31 most dangerous beaches due to strong tides.

ICT Costa Rica Tourism Board (March 29., 2007) San Jose, Costa Rica