Costa Rica: Agent Programs

Sunny Land Tours of Hackensack, N.J., is planning a seven-night air-inclusive program in November that qualifies participating agents for CTC continuing education credits.

The comprehensive itinerary incorporates two nights at the new Marriott Los Suenos on the Central Pacific Coast, two nights at the Pachira Lodge in the Tortuguero region, an overnight at the Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel near the Monteverde Cloud Forest, one night at the Marriott San Jose and one night at the Melia Cariari.

Also on the itinerary are visits to Manuel Antonio National Park and Carara Biological Reserve, nature hikes, an evening at Tabacon Spa, lunch at Finca Rosa Blanca and a tour of INBioparque, a new nonprofit facility that provides an overview of Costa Rica's many ecosystems.

Sunny Land's Costa Rica fam trip is scheduled for Nov. 4 to 11. The price is $595 per agent, including air travel from Miami and most meals. Call (800) 783-7839.

Elegant Adventures of Atlanta has put together a program of independent fam trips to Costa Rica for travel agents and their companions. The five-night land-only packages, available through Oct. 31, include two nights' accommodations in San Jose, three nights at a Pacific beach resort, airport transfers, and transportation between hotels.

Three packages are available: The Melia Cariari in San Jose and the Melia Playa Conchal in Tamarindo, from $249 per person, double; the Hotel Britannia in San Jose and El Parador at Manuel Antonio, from $269, and Barcelo Amon Plaza in San Jose and the all-inclusive Playa Tambor, from $299. Call (800) 451-4398.

In New York, Latour is planning what it calls an on-site workshop in Costa Rica designed to teach agents how to sell the destination. The air-inclusive trip will be operated this fall, though details were not available at presstime. Latour, which specializes in custom itineraries accented by distinctive lodgings, also will visit travel agencies, on request, to conduct one-on-one seminars about its product to Costa Rica. Call (800) 825-0825.

Pleasure Break Vacations of Rolling Meadows, Ill., is planning an air-inclusive fam trip to San Jose and resorts on the Guanacaste coast for mid-January. The firm, which operates a charter program to San Jose and Liberia out of Chicago, offers two agent trips annually, one using its charter air service. Call (800) 777-1566.

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