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".
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The tourism sector expects over 70,000 visitors during the 2011/12 season.
Nicaraguan ports are preparing to receive the first cruise ship tourists since October is traditionally the month in which cruises begin.
Despite the fact that fewer ships are expected this year, since they will be larger the number of people visiting is predicted to be similar to previous years.
Among the causes identified are high operating costs and poor terminal infrastructure for tourists.
For the cruise season which begins on October 16 and ends on May 30, 2014 only 60 boats are expected to arrive at the port. Data provided by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), reveals that while in the 2008-09 season 127 cruise ships arrived, in the 2011-12 season only 71 came.
Guatemala's Cruise Liner season begins today, with the arrival to Port Quetzal of 'Norwegian Pearl', a 2.500 passenger ship.
100 ships are expected to visit the country in the 2009/10 season; 50 are already confirmed at port Santo Tomás de Castilla.
"This cruise ship seasons comes at a key moment for the tourism industry, which is struggling to overcome a 11.5% decrease in revenue", reported Elperiodico.com.gt.
Cruise ship Star Princess docked at San San Juan del Sur, marking the beginning of the cruise season.
40 ships will visit the country in the 2009/10 season, according to estimates by the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute.
Martín Rodríguez, from the Institute, explained that "...