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WHAT IS THE COSTA RICA CONVENTION by oxu36335

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									The unique experience that is Costa Rica offers romance and adventure. In this section, we will address the most
common travel questions.

WHAT IS THE COSTA RICA CONVENTION?
The 2009 SNFC Convention is a sales incentive convention for the sales employees and associates of Security
National Financial Corporation (SNFC) family of companies.

WHEN ARE WE GOING?
The dates for the SNFC 2009 Convention are Saturday, September 5, 2009 to Friday September 11, 2009.

WHERE ARE WE GOING?
We will visit two locations in Costa Rica. The first will be to the mountain highlands in the North of the country
where we will be staying at the Tabacon Hot Springs Resort. The second will be on the central pacific coast where we
will be staying at the Los Suenos Marriott Resort.

WHO IS GOING?
In attendance will be a diverse group of people who are the best in their field. They will come from Security National
Mortgage, Security National Life, Memorial Mortuary Cemeteries, C & J Financial, and Security National Financial
Corporation.

HOW DO I QUALIFY TO GO?
The qualification criteria are different for each division of SNFC. If you have any questions contact your manager.

MAY I BRING OTHER PEOPLE?
Once a person has qualified for the convention, he or she may bring a family member (spouse, parent, child, etc.) to
be a traveling companion as a guest of SNFC. You may at your expense and prior SNFC approval, bring additional
guests. Please contact us before June 1st, 2009 about your requests to determine availability at www.conventioninfo@
securitynational.com, or phone Ms. Pam Pannier or Ms. Laurie Earl at 801-264-1060.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA?
Each traveler will need a valid passport. For those who stay less than 90 days, no visa is required. However, your
passport must be valid for 6 months past your date of entry (that is, through March 5, 2010) or you will not be allowed
into Costa Rica. You can obtain a passport through either your local government passport office or through a passport
service company. Please consult your local phone book or the internet for an office in your area.

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Register your personal information and preferences for you and your guests on the convention Web site. You will need
the passport information for each person that will be traveling with you to Costa Rica. This information will be used
to book both air travel and hotel accommodations. The Web address is: http://www.securitynational.com/convention,
and use the password havefun or you may call Ms. Laurie Earl or Ms. Pam Pannier at (801) 264-1060.
HOW DO I MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS, AND WHAT IS THE COST?
Travel arrangement costs for more than one guest are available through Columbus Travel. Please contact Suzi Viavant,
Columbus Travel Incentive Program Coordinator, 563 West 500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010, Phone; 801-295-9568 ext.
2007, Fax: 801-295-7253, suzi@columbusincentives.com, www.columbusincentives.com. You must contact SNFC to
determine if space is available. You must register all guests at the SNFC Convention Web site.

MAY I ARRANGE MY OWN AIR TRAVEL?
You may make your own air travel arrangements at your own expense and the company will reimburse you for the cost
that SNFC would have paid for you and your travel companion’s tickets. Group airfare rates are not the best available,
and you may be able to find cheaper seats even on the same flight schedule. However, you may also pay more. If
you wish to make your own arrangements, please contact us at www.conventioninfo@securitynational.com and Suzi
Viavant, Columbus Travel Incentive Program Coordinator, 563 West 500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010, Phone; 801-295-
9568 ext. 2007, Fax: 801-295-7253, suzi@columbusincentives.com, www.columbusincentives.com.

MAY I GO EARLY AND RETURN LATER?
Yes. Please contact us at www.conventioninfo@securitynational.com and Suzi Viavant, Columbus Travel Incentive
Program Coordinator, 563 West 500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010, Phone; 801-295-9568 ext. 2007, Fax: 801-295-7253,
suzi@columbusincentives.com, www.columbusincentives.com.

MAY I BUY IN?
No.


WHAT SHOULD I PACK IN MY CARRY-ON?
In your carry-on, it is suggested you pack:
       Your I.D., including your Passport
       Air tickets
       Money/travelers checks
       Personal medical/first-aid kit
       A change of clothes
       Anything you may need for the next 24 hours
       Be sure that all liquids are less than 3oz and fit into a 1 quart plastic bag

WHAT NOT TO PACK IN YOUR CARRY-ON!
Due to increased security, do not pack:
       Knives of any kind
       Scissors
       Aerosol cans
       Manicure kits
       Anything that could be perceived as threatening

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
The following is a sample checklist:
       Lightweight cottons and resort wear
       Polo / sport shirt / shorts / slacks / sundresses
       Lightweight jacket or sweater
       Comfortable walking shoes / sandals / hiking boots for any jungle excursions
       Sunglasses / sunscreen / hat / umbrella / insect repellent (high DEET concentration)
       Prescription medicines, cosmetics, glasses, contact lenses
SHOULD I CHECK MY LUGGAGE THROUGH TO SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA?
Yes. When you check your luggage at your home airport, make sure it is checked all the way through to San Jose,
Costa Rica. The Airport’s official name is Juan Santamaria International (SJO).

WHAT ABOUT SEAT ASSIGNMENTS?
The airlines treat all seating requests as REQUESTS ONLY. You will receive a copy of your itinerary with a phone
number or Web site address where you can request your seat. No boarding passes may be issued ahead of flight check-
in. The airlines will not guarantee the requested seat. Final seat assignments are subject to the airlines discretion.

HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I TAKE?
Most airlines permit each passenger to carry on one bag and check one other. You will need to contact the specific
airline you are booked on to determine their luggage policy The total dimensions (length + width + height) of your
carry-on must not exceed 43 inches, and it must fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment. The
weight of the bag you check must not exceed the airlines allowable limit (usually 50 pounds but will vary by carrier)
or you will be charged extra. Airlines have limited liability for loss, so be sure all baggage and personal belongings
are properly insured. Items such as medications, jewelry or other valuables and important documents should be hand
carried.

WHAT ABOUT CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION?
Costa Rica has immigration and custom checks. You will need a valid passport. For those who stay less than 90 days
no visa is required. However, your passport must valid for 6 months past your date of entry or you will not be allowed
into Costa Rica. For complete information please see www.vistacostarica.com. No “shots” are needed to enter Costa
Rica.

Upon your return to the States you will first clear US Immigration where you present your passport. Once admitted by
Immigration you will be processed through US Customs where you will need to declare all purchase made outside of
the United States. In general, you may bring 5 liters of alcohol and 1000 cigarettes into the country. You are limited to
$800 per person of purchases before paying duty tax. For full information, visit www.customs.gov.


WHAT ABOUT SPECIAL TRIP INSURANCE?
No trip insurance has been arranged. You may wish to check your homeowner (for luggage loss) and health (for
accidents and illness) policies. You may also wish to check with your insurance agent to see what your coverage is,
and perhaps, purchase additional insurance. You may also contact our Travel Agent for travel insurance. Contact them
through Suzi Viavant, Columbus Travel Incentive Program Coordinator, 563 West 500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010,
Phone; 801-295-9568 ext. 2007, Fax: 801-295-7253, suzi@columbusincentives.com, www.columbusincentives.com.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY PACKAGE?
    Round-trip coach class airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica.
    Round-trip transfers between the airport and hotels.
    Welcome reception and dinner at Tabacon Resort.
    Breakfast each morning at the hotel(s).
    Farewell dinner at Los Suenos Marriott Resort
    Hotel and transfer taxes and fees.
    SNFC sponsored tour.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN MY PACKAGE?
Items of a personal nature are not included such as personal meals, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, non SNFC
tours, phone/fax/internet, and gratuities.
WHAT IS THE HOTEL LIKE?
The hotel(s) are first rate. You may request either a king bed or two singles. All requests are subject to hotel availability.
We have chosen the best hotel in the districts we are visiting. You may visit the hotels Web sites at www.marriott.com
and www.tabacon.com

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
Hotel events, such as the receptions and meetings, will be convention-casual (slacks and shirt for men, sundress or
slacks and blouse for ladies). The outside activities sponsored by SNFC will be Costa Rica casual (shorts, slacks,
top, comfortable clothing). The other activities will be Costa Rican-whatever (whatever you wish to wear). Dress for
changes in the weather, from hot sun to heavy rain. You can expect jungle activities to be wet and muddy, and insects
can be a problem.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather in Costa Rica is usually warm and sunny. Daytime temperatures can reach the 90’s. Evening can reach the
60’s. You should expect periods of rain at any time. Evenings in the mountains may be quite cool.

IS THERE GAMBLING?
Gambling is permitted in Costa Rica. The Los Sueños Marriott has a casino.

CAN I CALL HOME?
Phone calls to the states are easily made and can be either very expensive or reasonable. Any phone call placed through
the hotel operator will be costly. The preferred method of communication is either through the internet or by cell-phone.
Your hotel will be equipped with high-speed internet connection, and the hotel business center will have computers or
cell phones that you may use for a fee.

CAN I USE MY CELL PHONE?
Yes, if your phone and service plan is internationally enabled. Check with your individual carrier. Roaming fees may
apply.

WHAT ABOUT MONEY?
US dollars are accepted everywhere, and are preferred. If you wish to exchange your money for the local currency, do so
at the hotels where you will receive a better rate than at the airport. You may cash traveler’s checks at the hotel or any
bank. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are accepted everywhere. Proper ID is required when cashing traveler’s
checks and may be required with credit cards. ATMs are abundant.

HOW DO I USE A TAXI?
Taxis are reasonable priced, convenient, and the best way to get around. They are required to have a meter, however, be
sure to agree on a price before riding anywhere.

HOW ABOUT TRAVEL WITH IN COSTA RICA?
The road system with in the country is not built to US standards. You can expect travel times to be long even though the
distance is short because most roads are narrow and wind through the mountainous terrain. The hotels provide shuttle
service to local attractions, as well as private tours to more distant locations.

WHAT IF I NEED A DOCTOR?
The hotels have doctors they may call. Customary charges will be made for all medical care and service.

WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION / PHYSICAL DISABILITY?
Any medical condition or physical disability that may require special attention must be communicated with our travel
agent Suzi Viavant, Columbus Travel Incentive Program Coordinator, 563 West 500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010,
Phone: 801-295-9568 ext. 2007, Fax: 801-295-7253, suzi@columbusincentives.com, www.columbusincentives.com.
WHAT ABOUT LANGUAGE?
Our tour guides and hotel staff will speak English. Signage in the airport, shopping malls, tourist venues, taxis, hotels,
and most advertising will be in English, or have English sub text. Many taxi drivers will understand English, but speak it
poorly. The same will be true with the street vendors and small shop operators.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP?
All tips are the responsibility of the attendee. Tips for porters at departure airports are generally $1.00 per bag. Taxis
generally do not expect a tip. Food servers generally add in a10% tip to your bill, but you may wish to add a bit more if
the service has been very good. Hotel porters usually expect a little something, even though the hotel room rate already
includes baggage handling fees.

WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Costa Rica is a safe place. However, travelers are advised to take the standard precautions with their personal
belongings. The most common problem is with pick-pockets. Avoid walking alone at night in the large cities. Con-men
tend to prey on wealth tourists. Violent crime is extremely rare. In an emergency, call 911 or 128 for an ambulance.

WHAT IF I FORGET SOMETHING, CAN I BUY PERSONAL ITEMS?
Whatever you can buy in the USA you can easily get in Costa Rica. Personal items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste,
toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, comb, shower cap can be obtained at the hotel. Shirts, blouses, pants and other
clothing items are sold everywhere.

WHAT ABOUT ELECTRAL POWER?
Costa Rica uses 110 volt system, the same as the US. You will not need 220 volt to 110 volt converter. However,
grounded plugs (3 prong) are rare and you may need a 3 prong to 2 prong 110 volt adapter.

WHAT ABOUT FOOD AND WATER SAFTY?
Food and water are generally safe. Most tourist drink the hotel and restaurant tap water and food preparation even at
road side stands is acceptable.

WHAT IS THE TIME?
Cost Rica is in the Central Time Zone (same as Jackson, Mississippi). They do not use daylight savings. Being close to
the equator, you can expect 12 hours of sun light year-round. It gets dark about 6:00 pm.




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