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.
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.