President at Liberia & San José offices.

Mauricio Arevalo has a great passion for his country, Costa Rica, and has often been called an ambassador of Costa Rican culture and traditions. His love for this country began when he was a young university student. During his first steps studying Hospitality Management, he was hired to guide groups of tourists starting to arrive in Costa Rica aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2nd by the Cunard Cruise Lines.

By doing this work, he got to know all the corners of this beautiful country, its traditions, culture, and history. Telling the history of his nation became more than a job, a passion.

He had the opportunity to share with many high-level clients who shared with him their stories about wonderful trips they made around the world. After so many pleasant experiences and developing a genuine interest in serving these tourists in Costa Rica, his vision of showing visitors the beauties and stories of Costa Rica most authentically and understandably was born.

Mauricio is the ideal person to have a pleasant conversation with because he is very prepared on various topics, including biodiversity, history, intercultural encounters, pre-Columbian traditions, and traditional culinary art.

This forward-thinker is the founder of Costa Rica DMC, a boutique travel corporation with a proven record of accomplishment in the Hospitality, Tourism, and Meeting & Event Industry during a 35- year career.

Driven and ambitious, he founded the Costa Rica Convention Bureau. This private-sector association promotes continuous business improvement focused on enhancing Costa Rica’s international perception of the corporate world. He is also the current president of SITE Central America Chapter. (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

His company obtained the 2020 World Travel Award for Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination Management to recognize the sustained efforts to promote

Costa Rica in the International Markets and development of the local industry leaders.

He loves his 5 dogs dearly, has an envious shoe collection, loves to cook, swim and is a great dancer.

International Affiliations:

SITE- Society for Incentive Travel Excellence
MPI- Meeting Professional International
FICP- Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals
PCMA- Professional Convention Management Association
ADMEI- Association of Destination Management Executives International.

Local Affiliations:

Costa Rica Convention Bureau Guanacaste Tourism Chamber
Costa Rican Association of Tour Operators

Certifications:

Certified Incentive Specialist CIS
Certified Incentive Travel Professional CITP

University Studies:

ULACIT Costa Rica, BA Hospitality Business Management 2003
ULACIT Costa Rica BA Tourism & Sustainability 2003
Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica Digital Management Technician 2021

Mauricio Arevalo