Selling Travel winners visit Costa Rica.
The Costa Rica Tourist Board hosted 14 UK travel agents on a mega fam to discover all the Central American country has to offer.
The select agents all attended the Costa Rica and Selling Travel road show earlier in 2017.
British Airways provided the travel and
Selling Travel publisher Steve Thompson also joined the trip.
Although Costa Rica is a relatively small destination, it is incredibly diverse when it comes to culture, nature, weather and the breadth of activities available to visitors.
To see as much of the island as possible, after their first night in San Jose the agents split into three separate groups, each experiencing a different itinerary focusing on a specific activity or region.
Trip highlights included an adventure zip line tour, an eco-adventure at Selvatura Park featuring treetop walkways and one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens, and the mineral-rich hot springs at Rio Negra.
The Sarapiqui River combines nature and adventure, and some of the agents took a raft trip along the rapids.
They also went on a fascinating chocolate tour and enjoyed views of Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna.
Upon wrapping up their individual tours, the various groups came together again in San Jose to discuss their trips and share their experiences and selling tips.
Costa Rica host Zeeshan Rashid said: “Fam trips are invariably successful because they provide agents with a lot of insider knowledge – and the best way to sell a country is by speaking from personal experiences.”
The Travel Freaks Paul
Halliwell said: "If I had to pick one thing out as a highlight it would be Pura
Vida. The whole meaning of the phrase, which means
'simple life' or 'pure life', really resonates with me as last year I suffered a brain haemorrhage. It is how
I try to live my life these days."
John Ferguson of Thorne Travel added: "I left
Costa Rica with a new look on life after our experiences there. Quite simply, it is the most beautiful place I have ever visited."