Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president of Costa Rica, appointed Gustavo Segura Sancho to the role of minister of tourism. Also, he will step up as executive president of Costa Rica Tourism Board as head of the department, replacing María Amalia Revelo Raventós who handed over her position due to “health reasons”.
Segura Sancho said: “It is a great honor to serve Costa Rica as its new tourism minister, a position that comes with even a higher responsibility at this time due to the complex situation caused by Covid-19, a pandemic that has been particularly harmful to the tourism industry.” He also added: “It is my wish and task that Costa Rica remains a key global tourism player.”
Why is Segura Sancho the key person for CST
Segura Sancho graduated in economics from the University of Costa Rica and has an MBA in sustainable development from the prestigious INCAE Business School. He has extensive professional experience in both the public and private sectors. He was in the hotel industry for seven years. Also, he was a member of the board of directors of the Costa Rican Tourism Board for six years, in which five years he was the vice president. Segura Sancho was a key person in the implementation of Costa Rica’s Certificate for Sustainable Tourism(CST).
The program launched by Costa Rica in 1997 and supported by the World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO), the CST categorizes companies based on the degree to which the companies follow sustainable practices. The resumption of international flights gradually and safely, the execution of measures to reactivate the economy, and the implementation of tools to support the financial situation of tourism companies are the three prioritized areas for Segura Sancho as the Minister of Tourism.