GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Holbrook Travel will host the Rainforest
Conference for travel agents in Costa Rica this summer.
Set for July 21 to 29, the conference is being cosponsored by
Delta Air Lines. The conference's headquarters will be at the Selva
"The conference will emphasize visiting Costa Rica as a learning
experience," said Debbie Sterdavent, Holbrook Travel's marketing
"The lodge serves as a base for participants to both explore the
rain forest and, through workshops, survey ways to market the
special-interest, natural-history adventure."
Participants will spend the first night in San Jose at the Hotel
The following day, guests have a choice of two-night packages
designed to introduce Costa Rica's major national park areas and
coastal resorts. Choices include Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero
national parks, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Tamarindo
On July 24, all participants are transferred to the Selva Verde
Lodge for a four-night stay.
Conference highlights will include a keynote address by Karen
Killebrew, director of marketing for Bridge Travel Alliance, who
will discuss direct-mail marketing and promotions, as well as a
representative from Costa Rica, who will take a look at the future
of tourism in the country.
Activities during the conference will include rafting, a
Sarapiqui River boat ride, guided rain-forest hikes, a visit to a
banana plantation and an excursion to Tabacon Hot Springs.
On July 28, delegates will have time for shopping in the town of
Moravia (en route to San Jose for lunch) and hotel inspections
before a farewell dinner and overnight at the Hotel
The Selva Verde Lodge, opened by Holbrook Travel founder
Giovanna Holbrook in 1985, is on the banks of the Sarapiqui River
at Chilamate, a private reserve protecting about 500 acres of rain
The lodge is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and a
two-hour drive from San Jose.
The reserve is known for its exotic, lowland tropical birds --
parrots, jacamars and motmots, for example -- often spotted from
the lodge's balconies.
Armed with binoculars, workshop participants might catch a
glimpse of not only birds but poison-dart frogs and howler monkeys
when walking the nature trails reserved for Selva Verde guests.
During the conference, the learning experience will be enhanced
by a visit to the lodge's butterfly garden as well as to the
Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, a gathering place for
The Selva Verde Lodge is a complex of covered walkways leading
to a riverside dining room, an open-air lounging area with hammocks
and a conference room.
There are 45 double rooms with bathrooms.
The land-only rate to attend the conference is $697 per
For additional information or reservations, contact Holbrook
Travel at (800) 451-7111 or (904) 373-7118, or visit www.holbrooktravel.com.