The tourism sector also takes into account other variables, such as the absolute number of visitors, to determine the growth of the activities.
From a press release CANATUR:
“August 2011. Given the figures released by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT in Spanish) regarding an increase of 6.5% in non-resident visits to the country for the first half of 2011 versus the same period last year, the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) views these results as encouraging, however, lodging and tourism expenditure variables must also be taken into account in order to determine the real growth of tourism in the country.
"The private tourism sector in Costa Rica is aware that increased visitation is a reflection that the country has managed to maintain its attractiveness as a tourist destination, however, their perception is that the growth of tourism must be integral, showing improvement in factors such as the number of trips and the expenditure of visitors, which are aspects in which there is a difference in the figures achieved before the crisis, as well as other variables like the supply of tourist services in the country, which grew in a disproportionate manner to the number of visitors received by Costa Rica", said Juan Carlos Ramos, President of CANATUR.
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Ecotourism and rural tourism are attracting 38.5% of the visitors to the country, according to the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).
"Just last year alone some 733,000 individuals carried ecotourism, an activity which promotes the conservation and sustainability of natural resources, as well as the inclusion and active participation of the local populations," Canatur explained.
Ecotourism, which produces and promotes new centers of attraction for tourists in the highlands, the southern coast, the east and north of the country, requires more momentum.
From the Journal of Business & Industry by the Chamber of Industry in Guatemala:
It's time to give greater impetus to ecotourism
Using Youtube videos, the campaign aims to present the country as an eco-destination and a "destination of happiness."
At the launch of the campaign, the tourism minister, Allan Flores said that it is targeting markets in the United States and Canada.
An article in Hosteltur.com quotes the Minister as saying, "...
A new luxury eco-resort, Emerald Monkey, is scheduled to break ground in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, this month, for completion in 2010.
With relatively few eco-resorts in Panama (in comparison to Costa Rica), it is good to see developers increasing the focus on eco-minded tourists.