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Young student wins third place

COSTA RICA WINS THE FCCA LATIN AMERICAN CONTEST

This is the first time that Costa Rica has won the third place in the senior category, preceded by Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico, at the Latin American drawing contest organized every year by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the most important cruise line association in the region, whose theme this year was “Let’s Protect the Environment”.

The drawing to win the prize in the theme of sustainability was created by Bryan Acuña, a sixteen-year-old student from the Elías Leiva High School in Cartago, who considers himself a drawing enthusiast.

This is the third consecutive year that our country participates in the FCCA contest, as a result of the efficient coordination carried out by the Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT) together with the Ministry of Public Education (MEP).

According to the Minister of Tourism, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, this a way to not only inspire teenagers and young students in the country regarding themes of tourism and sustainability, but also to show the world Costa Ricans hearts and minds on issues regarding nature.

“We are very proud that a young student like Bryan, has won this very important contest. It fills us with satisfaction to be able to contribute on a higher level to our future generations regarding the importance of tourism and sustainable policies to protect the environment. This inspires us to strengthen and maintain our relationship with the FCCA regarding this contest and to continue coordinating the participation of more students from primary and high schools with the MEP,” stated Benavides.

This year a total of 14 students from different parts of the country took advantage of their vacations at the beginning of the year to participate in the contest. The FCCA also awarded 12- year-old Dahiana Hernández, from the Jesús Jiménez School in Cartago, as a result of her outstanding participation.

As part of the prize, the FCCA on behalf of the ICT awards the third place winner with the sum of $1000 and the same amount to the Elías Leiva High School. In Hernández’s case, she will receive a $200 prize.

The FCCA was funded in the year 1972 with the objective of establishing friendly relationships of cruise lines from the United States with the port authorities and the Governments of the Caribbean islands. The association is formed by companies such as Cape Canaveral Cruise Lines, HAL, Carnival, NCL, Celebrity, Premier Cruises, Costa, Princess, Cunard, Regal Cruises, Disney, and RCI, just to mention a few.

ICT Costa Rica Tourism Board (July 12., 2007) San Jose, Costa Rica