Conferences and Conventions

One thousand experts will meet at the Convention Center

Veterinarians Congress will put Costa Rica on the map of A Class World Events

 Specialists from 61 countries will gather in Costa Rica


The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) indicates that Buenos Aires was the city in Latin America that organized the most business meetings of his kind in 2017 with 131 activities.


The organization of the next World Veterinary Association Congress, which will take place at the Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica from April 27-30, will set the country in the right direction to compete for this kind of events in the market.

According to the International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA), 12 500 meetings of this kind were organized in 2017, a historical record number (

The initiative by the Medical School of Veterinarians in Costa Rica allowed the country to hold the first world class event at the conventions center, where more that 1 000 professionals in veterinarian medicine and specialists from 61 countries will gather.

According to the ICCA, in 2017, the city that was leading this segment of the market was Barcelona with 195 business meetings, followed by Paris and Vienna (both with 190) and Berlin came in the fourth position (185).

“It is also important to mention that Buenos Aires climbed from position 17 to 11 in the ranking, making it as the first city in the American continent and right at the doors of the top 10. Other cities that made a significant climb were Budapest (climbing 4 positions) and Hong Kong (climbing 6 positions). On the other hand, Tokyo and Montreal have reached the top 20 for the first time,” indicated the ICCA report.

The 2019 World Veterinary Association Congress will have lecturers from countries such as Chile, United States, Brazil, Scotland, India, the Netherlands, Italy, Argentina, England, and Costa Rica.

Local Signature

The president of the Medical School of Veterinarians in Costa Rica (CMVCR), Silvia Coto, highlighted that besides from the socio-economic impact, the World Congress will allow Costa Rican professionals to have access to the latest medical breakthroughs in minor species (cats and dogs), wild species, major species (equine and cattle), small ruminants, public health, handling disaster and innovation situations, and academia.

“The fact that our country managed be the host of an event as important as this one is a sign of trust in the quality of Costa Rican professionals; that is why we must make the most of it to keep ourselves at the forefront of this sector, which is highly important to achieve a livestock production and first-world veterinary services,” expressed Coto.

The ranking by countries of the ICCA indicates that the country which held more congresses in 2017 was the United States (941), above Germany (682) and the United Kingdom (592).

The organization – and logistics – of the 2019 World Veterinary Association Congress is staged by the Costa Rican company COMEXP, a Public Relations company specialized in organizing congresses and which has a path of almost 30 years developing this kind of projects in Latin America.

“An event this size is something for us to be proud because we are entering the ‘major leagues.’ Being able to take this initiative to term will be a window to display all of Costa Rica because it could mean the first step that we need so that other plans of similar magnitude come to our country, which will bring benefits in the development of new entrepreneurships,” affirmed Nuvia Ramírez, Manager of COMEXP.

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Source: Press Department, COMEXP.

Conferences and Conventions

Tourism entrepreneurs are trained in comprehensive safety and innovation

Costa Rican tourism entrepreneurs will receive training on safety and innovation on the framework of the XX Tourism National Congress (CNT). This event is organized by the National Chamber of Tourism together with the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT), and it will take place this coming November 22 and 23 at the Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica.

The CNT is the most important event for the national tourism industry, as it gathers together leaders and representatives of the private and public industry.  With each edition, this event aims to dive deep into current and relevant topics for the industry, as well as generate spaces for dialogue and reflection.

The XX edition of the congress has the theme “Toward touristic excellency. Innovation and safety for the competitiveness of the destination.” With this is mind, they will have lectures, conferences and discussion panels, which will be taught by national and international experts.

“Safety and innovation are a priority when it comes to competitiveness of a destination, and that is why we are looking to boost the development of our entrepreneurs’ abilities through training and experience and successful cases knowledge, to look for solutions to the challenges that we face and to reinforce the sustainability, profitability, and competitivity of tourism,” declared the president of the National Chamber of Tourism, Sary Valverde.

The first day of the event, entrance will have no cost and will invite-only exclusively for representatives of the tourism industry. This date will be destined for addressing topics on the comprehensive safety of the country, from the prevention to the correct management of emergency situations.

National experts will participate on it, as well as experts from countries like the United States and Spain, who will talk about the impact of crime on the tourism industry and risk management of events and tourism.

For María Amalia Revelo, Minister For Tourism, “sustainable tourism must also be safe, and that is why the goal for the training that the ICT is organizing for the first day of the XX Tourism National Congress is to educate and integrate the entrepreneurs of the industry in the task of improving the attention to tourists and the assistance they must receive in case of emergency. This is one of the efforts that the Administration is making to articulate the State, the local governments, business owners, society, the academy, embassies and other participants in the prevention to make Costa Rica a safer destination.”

The second day will have innovation as its main pillar with the goal of having the industry adapt to the new tendencies and global challenges. For this, the expert Juan Manuel Baixauli will be in the country and offer two master lectures, one on Innovation and Creation of the Touristic Product and another on the Tendency of touristic distribution. Additionally, there will be panels on competitivity and there will be precise information on the impact of tourism in the economy of the country.

“We are pleased to be a part of this important event because innovation is the center of our strategy and is part of the vision of our company. We understand innovation as a process more than an idea or an isolated action, and being able to be hosts of this gathering gives us the possibility of contributing; visitors will live one of the most innovative experiences that Costa Rican tourism currently has, which is the way in which events are help at the CCCT,” added Álvaro Rojas, General Manager of the Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica.

The participation fee for the second day of the congress is $125 for people or companies associated to the National Chamber of Tourism, $95 for members and $75 for students.

For more information on the event, call 2234-6222 or email [email protected]