Tourism Decreases by 13% in First Quarter

Costa Rica is going through the consequences of the international crisis in its main industry, tourism, being that it received 83 thousand less visitors than during same period in 2008.

Monday, May 4, 2009

By country, the decline in the number of tourist arrivals from the United States is the most important, and this is significant since tourists from the north are usually 54% of the total. Preliminary numbers indicate that in the first four months of 2009, 551 thousand visitors arrived via Juan Santamaría (San José) and Daniel Oduber (Liberia) airports.

The Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels informed that at least 23% of its associates reported empty rooms, and that the phenomenon is being felt at hotels in San José, Guanacaste, and La Fortuna in particular.

An article in indicated that the Minister of Tourism, Carlos Benavides, consoles himself with the fact that the decrease in the number of visitors that Costa Rica is experiencing is lower than other tourist destinations where the decrease has reached 50%.

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