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Costa Rica Holds First Sustainable Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

November 13-14, 2017
Intercontinental Costa Rica‚Äč

Latin America’s premier conference planners, SAHIC organize this event at a leading destination in sustainable tourism.

SAHIC organizers are working with the Ministry of Tourism of Costa Rica (ICT) for the first time, to bring together key players who will identify significant challenges and sustainable hospitality development opportunities for the country. Approximately 200 decision makers will gather to discuss hospitality, tourism and lodging investment, as well as development at the forum, which takes place November 13-14, 2017 at the Intercontinental Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica Sustainable Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference will feature five key conference sessions including a:

  • Hotel Leaders’ Panel, exploring the potential for luxury resorts in sustainable Costa Rica;
  • Investment and Development Opportunities session, discussing the hotel segments which offer the greatest opportunities in this country;
  • Financial Outlook, examining optimal financial practices and prospects;
  • Strategies for Growing the Costa Rica Market, a forum for candid conversation;
  • Investment in Sustainable Tourism, focusing on tourism investments that protect the environment while resulting in profitable business.

Among the notable industry presenters and panelists are:

  • Paul Adan, VP, Hotel Development Latin America & Caribbean, Marriott International
  • René Bernard Beil, Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC;
  • Patricia Boo, Area Director Central and South America, STR;
  • Liora Haymann, Managing Director, OBMI;
  • Fredrick Jonsson, Mangaging Partner, MEREHA and Director of Beaufort Global Partners.
  • Salo Smaletz, Vice President Development Latin America IHG.

Two anticipated presentations will be delivered by Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau and Carlos Paez Vilaro, survivor of the Andes plane crash in 1972. Additionally, Luis Guillermo Solis, president of Costa Rica, will deliver the Conference’s opening address.

Costa Rica Minister of Tourism Mauricio Ventura Aragón, stated, "For the first time, Costa Rica will be the host country of a highly relevant global event, which will bring together executives of hotel brands, investment funds and real estate, placing Costa Rica on the map of global investment."

Added Arturo García Rosa, President and Founder of SAHIC, "With our extensive experience in organizing hospitality investment conferences of this scale, we know that the event with which we are assisting in Costa Rica is necessary for the future of our industry.”

For more information, please visit the event website.

About ICT

The Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT) is the governing body of tourism in Costa Rica, promoting the model of sustainable tourism, solidarity and equity through innovation, development of its workforce, and effective public management. ICT fosters new opportunities for tourism development that contributes to the improvement of the competitiveness and quality of life of the nation of Costa Rica.



SAHIC is the leading conference organizer for hotel and tourism investment in Latin America that promotes business and real estate projects in the region. SAHIC South America is an annual conference with its location rotating every year through different cities in South America. The 2017 SAHIC South America, scheduled for September 13-14, 2017, celebrates the Conference’s 10th Anniversary, returning to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the conference held its inaugural event.

Contact: In South America - Laura Matta / +54 (9 11) 5404-0903

Contact: In the United States - Leora Halpern Lanz / +1-516-680-8529

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