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 number of visitors to the region dropped 19%, triggering a 20% decline in sales.
The Tourism Chamber reported a 40% drop in tourists entering the country through Honduras.
From September 2008 to February 2009, Costa Rica received 82 thousand less tourists than during the same period the previous year.
The quantity of passengers that arrived in Guatemala in 2008 was 0.4% less than in 2007.
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