December 19th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) estimates that Costa Rica will close the year with a total of 2,300,000 total tourist arrivals.
If the estimate proves correct, it would break the record set in 2011, when the country drew 2,196,000 tourists.
According to ICT, most international arrivals are by air. Allan Flores, Tourism Minister, believes the increase in tourist arrivals is due to an increase in frequency and routes of flights to the country, as well as the arrival of more airlines providing routes to the country.
During 2012, Iberia airlines increased by 5% its capacity on the San Jose – Madrid route. Aeromexico increase from one to two daily flights on the San Jose – Mexico City route, while Copa is now flying twice per week between Liberia and Panama.