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Flights to Liberia Airport

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Guanacaste Tourism, Investing in Costa Rica, Papagayo Region

The list of direct flights to Liberia airport keeps getting longer.  In another sign of further momentum building towards growth in the Papagayo region, another North American airline is providing nonstop service into Costa Rica’s Liberia International Airport (LIR) which is the gateway to the famed Guanacaste region and our own Papagayo area

Westjet flights to Liberia

On Monday, November 1st, 2012 the Canadian airline, WestJet, inaugurated the first of its regularly scheduled flights to Liberia.  The flight connects Toronto, Canada, with Liberia, Guanacaste in the northern Pacific of Costa Rica.

The airline will be travelling twice a week (Mondays and Saturdays) to Costa Rica, using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with capacity for 166 passengers.

According to information from the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT, in Spanish), this flight will allow the country to provide 34,528 additional seats to and from Canada per year, its second most important tourism market, after the United States.

According to Allan Flores, Tourism minister, the arrival of WestJet is the result of the “open sky” agreement signed with Canada recently.

The executive vice-president of operations for WestJet, Cam Kenyon, stated that this new route, which is free of layovers, between the Pearson International Airport in Toronto and the Daniel Oduber International Airport, represents a milestone for the company, which was founded in 1996.

“This is the first time in 16 years, in which we are providing service in Central America, which will allow us to continue offering our clients more opportunities to experience new destinations. We hope the service between Toronto and Costa Rica will be very successful,” he added.

WestJet is a low cost airline that offers regular service to 81 destinations in North America and the Caribbean.  The airline provides jobs to 8,600 people, and has 99 Boeing 737 aircraft in its inventory.

According to ICT, the typical Canadian visitor spends approximately 15 nights, and spends an average of $88 per day (data from 2005-2010).

The activities that most attract Canadians in Costa Rica are adventure tours such as canopy, snorkeling, surfing, and other more traditional activities such as enjoying the beach and bird watching.  And now that there are more flights to Liberia, it’s even easier to enjoy what Guanacaste has to offer. 

Remax Costa Rica Announces International Property Website

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Tres Amigos Realty Group

Remax Costa Rica is proud to be part of the first truly global online real estate resource, with hundreds of thousands of home listings in more than 70 countries and territories.  Since the website was launched on 21 May, 2012, it has seen unprecedented success and growth. has drawn in nearly 750,000 unique visitors, who have generated more than 18 million page views. The majority of visitors are from China, the most searched city is London, and the most searched country is the United States. Costa Rica

“Consumers have an appetite for a website that gives them not only the home listings from around the world, but in their own language and in their own currency,” said William E. Soteroff, RE/MAX Executive Vice President, U.S. and International Regional Development. “The real estate market is truly global and buyers are no longer just looking in their own cities, they’re looking for homes half a world away and is delivering.” 

Since its launch, the site has steadily grown and now has listings in more than 70 countries and territories in 32 languages. Visitors can also check prices in 31 currencies and get the latest world real estate news and events through an in-depth and detailed news feed. The closest competing website offers properties in only 18 countries, 11 languages and 20 currencies. 

“You can see the strength of the RE/MAX network behind the success of the site,” said Soteroff. “All our offices know how important the global buyer is to the real estate market today.” 

RE/MAX is continuing to add offices and sales agents around the world. In 2011, 725 new franchises were sold and eight new countries were added, including Egypt, which opened its first RE/MAX office. So far this year, three countries have joined the network; Morocco, Thailand and the Philippines. 

RE/MAX has a presence in more than 80 countries, a global reach far greater than any competitor. With more than 6,250 independently owned and operated offices around the world and a sales force of nearly 90,000 sales associates, buyers and sellers can take advantage of the experience and knowledge of the most productive professionals in the real estate industry. Find out how Remax Costa Rica assist you with buying property in Costa Rica.

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