Sell­ing Travel win­ners visit Costa Rica.

Selling Travel - - Six Of The Best -

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."

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