In 1993 I started a wholesale travel agency which is now this blog site on Costa Rica called Tico Travel™. It was dedicated to providing Travel Agencies and clients alike the most up to date and accurate information on all aspects of travel to Costa Rica at first but then I expanded to Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia and all of Central and South America.
As a wholesale costa rica airfare and tour travel agency, my attention to courteous and attentive service, along with the lowest airfare and tour prices made Tico Travel the company of choice for the first time travel agent or traveler as well as the frequent seller or visitor to Central or South America.
I traveled very often in order to keep my staff in constant contact with the latest trends, tours and hotels in Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and all of Central and South America. In fact I also had one lucky employee that dedicated 100% of his time to traveling throughout Central and South America reviewing and revising all of my packages 365 days a year.
In addition, unlike most travel sites that were on the web, Tico Travel™ was an actual travel operator. We were a licensed, bonded, and insured wholesale travel provider with its home office occupying two facilities located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My full time bi-lingual staff of employees in Florida and Costa Rica were recognized by all the major travel guides as the leaders in the business.
I was also consulted by most of the major travel magazine publishers as well as television productions companies for special activities like surfing, Costa Rica sportfishing, Costa Rica white water rafting, and all aspects of eco- tourism. Our unsurpassed volume has allowed us to negotiate some of the best airfares and tour rates available to Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia or any country in Central and South America from all over the United States.
Many wholesale travel agencies claimed to have the best tour and airfare rates but Tico Travel™ actually owned its own specially negotiated wholesale contracts with most major airlines such as American Airlines and Continental and almost always could meet or beat any price found on the popular on-line sites with better connections and with fewer restrictions. You could call and speak to one of my bilingual tour and airfare advisors to Central and South America and get complete information and rates.
TRAVEL TO CUBA – I also had one of the few Authorized Travel Service Providers permitted by the United States government to provide arrangements to Cuba direct from the United States for licensed travelers. I counted amongst my clients leaders in the arts, athletics, and government from around the world. For more information on authorized travel to cuba you can still go to www.destinationcuba.com