August 19th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Another 23 new hotels that are under construction or with approved construction permits will add an additional 2,444 rooms to the country’s inventory, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
The numbers only include projects that have registered with ICT, which is not required.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Construction (CCC) indicates the numbers are within expectations. New hotel construction has “stabilized” after reaching a peak in 2011, which saw 140,670 square meters of new hotel construction, CCC said.
Last year, that figure dropped to 51,975 square meters.
Permits for 12,306 square meters of hotel construction were issued in the first half of this year.
The Central Pacific province of Puntarenas and the Caribbean province of Limon saw the most activity in the first half of this year.
For the year 2013, Guanacaste led the way in hotel construction, issuing permits for 26,030 square meters, followed by San Jose (12,492 square meters) and Puntarenas (7,039 square meters).
Tourism Minister, Wilhelm von Breymann said that construction of new hotels is not expected to slow anytime soon, citing an increase in tourist arrivals and the possible arrival of new airlines and routes serving the country.
However, the minister said there is a new trend towards smaller hotels with fewer rooms.
Guanacaste is expected to see the most construction activity this year, where permits have been issued for eight new projects including a large 447-room project in La Cruz.
Six projects are in the works for San Jose and five in Puntarenas.