Normally I would attend this show where, as I explain in my blog post of last week—“Costa Rica profiled in new TV travel show” —I get to meet all the tour operators, hoteliers, car rental representatives, and other travel industry personnel… and where I catch up with long-time friends in the industry.
In fact, I attended my first Expotur in 1990, when the event was in its sixth year.
Per tradition, Expotur, which is organized by the Association of Costa Rican Tourism Professionals  (ACOPROT), is being hosted at the Ramada Plaza Herradura , at Barrael de Heredia, near San Antonio de Belén , on the outskirts of San José .
About 300 tourism company representatives from throughout Costa Rica and Latin America will be exhibiting their wares to more than 200 North American and other international tour operators, travel agents and other industry professionals.
This year’s theme will promote and showcase the country’s meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions sector.
That seems logical, as Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla  recently announced plans to build a 6,000-square-meter (19,600 square feet) National Conventions Center, with plans to open by the close of 2013. The center, to be built opposite the Ramada at Barrael de Heredia, will be three times the size of the Ramada’s convention facilities and will feature an exhibition hall and nine meeting rooms.
Expotur is not open to the public.
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