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Costa Rica welcomed record number of tourists in 2013


January 17th, 2014 ( 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.

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  • Go Ask

    No CR did not
    If you do your research you will find that in GTE tourist declined 850+ The rest are made up of people doing their tourist run.
    The real tourist population has been declining for years

  • stfree

    Beat the drum loudly… maybe that will make up for the lousy occupancy rates.

  • Yeims

    If there had been that many tourists, and even with each one spending a trifling $500 or $1,000, just think of how much fresh money would have been brought into the country. A Chinese elder once pointed out that intelligence begins with calling each thing what it really is.

  • Karen Mata

    Tourism has been affected since the dollar was pegged at 500 colones several years ago. Thank Hugo Chavez for selling his oil here in the local currency while your COL now doubles every 6 years.

  • Arturo Guillermo Bermudez

    There goes the ICT misleading the public again with there bogus statistics …Why dont they ask the local hotel owners about there occupancy data ..

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