January 17th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica welcomed a record 2.42 million tourists in 2013, up 3.6% compared to 2012, according to Tourism Minister, Allan Flores and immigration authorities.
“The sustained growth in [tourist arrivals] by air in the last four years is a reflection of an aggressive strategy to attract new airlines, new destinations and more seats,” Flores said.
According to visitor data provided by immigration authorities, 1.6 million visitors arrived by air while an additional 800,000 arrived by land and sea in 2013.
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) said the data is supported by the World Tourism Organization.
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (Canatur) said that in order for tourists arrivals to continue to grow in 2014, government action is required in order to reduce the cost of energy and fuel, provide better security, simplify red tape and improve infrastructure.
Some 150,000 people in Costa Rica are directly employed in the tourism sector, while another 400,000 earn their living indirectly from tourism.