There’s a new guidebook in the works by local nonfiction author Evelyn Gallardo, best known for her book, Among the Orangutans, which was set in the exotic location of Borneo.
Evelyn’s new book will be set in another exotic location but this time much closer to home. The working title is The Best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos 2012, which will feature the best restaurants, tours, activities, services, artists, musicians, etc. Evelyn and her husband David have lived in Manuel Antonio since 2004 and own two vacation rental homes here. In a former corporate life in California Evelyn was the marketing director for an international firm, an experience that has served her well in the marketing of her vacation rental homes. The goal of this guidebook is to attract tourism to all the businesses in Manuel Antonio & Quepos and to create buzz on the Internet about traveling to our dynamic destination.
But who’s going to read a guidebook about our little piece of paradise? The intended audience is potential and returning tourists. In addition, local businesses are welcomed to use the book as a marketing tool. Winners in each category will be given access to a “Best of…2012” seal designed by local artist Adrian Valle to use on their web sites, business cards and other advertising material. This eBook will be downloadable from Amazon.com giving instant access to an international audience at an affordable price. The beauty of an eBook is that it can be easily updated online so that the information will remain current as opposed to guidebooks in print that run the risk of having outdated information by the time they become available to the public. Who knows? The Best of Manuel Antonio & Quepos 2012 may even become an annual publication.
So, who decides what the “best” is? That’s where you come in. Who knows Manuel Antonio & Quepos better than its residents? Nobody! So, cast your votes in the poll below and be a part of it. Don’t worry about filling in every single blank. Just vote on what you know. As an option you may add your name and/or business contact information if you’d like to be included as a contributor. The projected publication date is January 15, 2012 but be sure and check for the final publication announcement right here in Quepolandia.
The deadline date is now. Go ahead. Cast your votes before you get sidetracked by something else. Who knows? If we have enough contributors there may even be a publication party.
Complete the Poll after the jump.
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