The return to Nicoya Costa Rica’s Vuelta Ciclistica (Cycling Tour) after twelve years brought not only a huge number of cyclists, visitors and tourists to the area, but also profit for the region’s businesses.
That was explained by Aider Acuña, president of the Nicoya cycling committee, who presented a financial report to members of the Nicoya Municipal Council during their session on Monday, December 21.
Acuña explained that the municipality invested ¢4 million ($7,500) to cover food, housing and logistics for the event, which took place on December 15 and 16.
According to Acuña, the city was visited by more than 2000 people and enjoyed full occupancy in hotels and other lodging facilities in downtown Nicoya during the event.
“We had reports of more than 2,000 people housed in Nicoya, Mansion and Samara. We calculate that some 60 to 70 million colones [$112-130,000] of income was generated for Nicoya businesses,” he explained.
The cycling committee was happy with the support given by municipal officials and that they were able to give clear accounts, as well as the fact that, according to Vuelta Ciclistica data, Nicoya is one of the top places for organization of a stage.
“It is an absolute success. This committee earned all of the trust that the municipality gave us. I feel very happy to give a clear account for what was used. We are in first place for organization and logistics, lodging and food for the tour,” said Acuña.
Another interesting aspect of this year’s event was the trip through Nicoyan neighborhoods of La Cananga, El Carmen and San Martin, which were included on the tour.
Members of the council congratulated and recognized the committee’s work and effort. In addition, Councilor Rodolfo Orozco stated that he will present a motion to bring the event back to Nicoya next year.
“We will see when we start [next year] to present the motion so that the cycling tour continues to come to Nicoya every year,” he said.
The session was the last for the year and Nicoya’s council members will not meet again until Monday, January 4, 2016.