Cup promotions lead to fines for travel firms
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
There was no big delay in the national consumer organizations moving
against what it saw as untrue promotions of travel to the World Cup
The agency, the Comisión Nacional del Consumidor, has levied
fines on four travel companies because they promised customers tickets
to World Cup soccer games.
Only Viajes Colón has a relationship with the soccer
championship organizer, and only that company can make such offers, the
consumer agency said.
Fined were Destinos TV S.A., Condotropic Sport S.A., Times Square
Travel Agency S.A. (also doing business as Agencia de Viajes 2000) and
Ludierpress S.A. (doing business as Servicios Turísticos
Escazú), said the agency in a news release.
The fines were about 2.2 million colons each. The consumer agency is
part of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.
The specific allegation, which was brought by
Colón, was that the promotions were misleading and left out
clear and truthful information, said the agency.
Professional soccer is controlled by the Fédération
Internationale de Football Association. Viajes Colón has
an agreement with this association, known as FIFA to market a
hospitality package that includes tickets to soccer games, travel and
Part of the problem is that the soccer federation changed the way
admissions are handled this year, noted the consumer organization.
In past years, many firms offered complete packages including game
If soccer fans do not want to purchase a package through Viajes
Colón, they have the option of purchasing tickets via the
association Web site, www.fifa.com. Several thousand Costa Ricans are
expected to travel to Brazil next June to see the national team
participate in the world tournament.
The travel agencies have the right to appeal the fines that have
Comité Bandera Azul Ecológica
de San Miguel photo
Ceramic roof tiles await
installation as part of restoration process.
work begins on historic Heredia church
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Repair work has begun on the 19th century Catholic church in Santo
Domingo de Heredia. The church, Nuestra Señora del Carmen
de Castilla in San Miguel, is unusual because it is one of the few
churches still in use that was constructed of adobe.
Residents raised 40 million colons, about $80,000 for the project. The
work is being handled by the Centro de Investigación y
Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural of the Ministerio de
The government is being asked to put in about 30 million, some $60,000,
for interior repairs.
some uncertainty about when the church actually was built. Some say
1878, but others insist on 1827. A book published in 1991 says that the
actual date is unlikely to be established authoritatively.
In 1982 the church was declared a site of national heritage, which is
why the Centro Patrimonio is involved.
The Comité Pro Restauración held a festival Sunday to
continue raising money and to celebrate the start of reconstruction.
Among other improvements, the church will get a new tile roof. The
committee is seeking donors at 2240-7582.
begin to face festival delays in city today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
A good rule for motorists is to stay out of the capital Friday and
Saturday unless there is an urgent need. This is the weekend for
the Festival de la Luz, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Some 150 traffic policemen are being assigned to duties that range as
far as the Circunvalación intersection with the Autopista
Highways in the southern part of the city also will be affected,
traffic officials said.
Work begins today along Paseo Colón and Avenida 2. Workmen have
to set up viewing stands and other facilities for the estimated million
persons who will line the parade route.
The parade route will be closed to vehicles at noon Saturday, and
traffic police promise to tow any vehicles that are left there after
also will have some restrictions starting late Saturday morning. The
area around the municipal building generally is where some parade units
form up. Along the north side of the Caldera highway at Parque la
Sabana many of the parade floats will be parked.
The afternoon is a good time for persons who want a close look at the
floats to visit that area.
The Fuerza Pública plans for the parade has not yet been
announced, but hundreds of officers will be detailed to protect
visitors. Youngsters fresh out of a year of school classes, tend to
take liberties during the parade. This includes underage drinking and
generally carrying on. Police usually detain a few marijuana users
during the evening.
The traffic police also are setting up corridors for emergency vehicles
on parallel streets for the night of the parade, which will be aired on
televisions with commentary.
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