Costa Rica: Tourism stable despite international uncertainty

Business leaders from the sector admit that the rate of growth continues to increase but at a slower rhythm.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

From January to July of this year, tourist arrivals increased by 13% compared to the 15% recorded for the same period ended last year, according to data from the National Tourism Chamber based on information provided by the Immigration Department.
"Expectations for this year are that there will be an increase of 8-9% in visitor arrivals, after taking external aspects into consideration," said Alberto Lopez, executive director of the National Tourism Chamber (Canatur).

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Costa Rica: Tourism Recovery Could be Around the Corner

November 2009

The arrival of tourists, hotel reservations and purchases of rent a car services would have increased In September.

Costa Rica's Central Bank has confirmed an increase in tourism activity, but will not reveal the exact figures until they are officially published by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

Nicaragua and Costa Rica analyze border tourism

August 2008

Leaders of the bi-national commission decided to ask authorities from both countries to open a new border crossing, and to reopen the old "Transit Route" on the San Juan river.

The request was presented during the celebration of the V Bi-national Tourism Encounter between the authorities from both countries and the mayors from the zone, both from Costa Rica and from Nicaragua.

Cruise Season Starts in Costa Rica

September 2009

The 2009 Costa Rica Cruise Season is scheduled to begin on September 23.

In the previous season 238 cruise ships visited the country, according to data from the Costa Rican Tourism Authority.

"...some 320.000 visitors arrived in 2008...", reported El Financiero. "Most tourists are from the United States and Europe".

Tourism Congress in Costa Rica

September 2012

Under the theme "Tourism from a New Point of View: Redefining Strategy," the Congress will be held on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel.

A statement from the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) reads:

The future of the sector and its impact on the economy will be the pivotal axes of the National Tourism Conference.

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