Tourism grows 10% in Costa Rica this year

At the close of 2008, tourism activities will have left the country with more than $2 billion in earnings.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This figure exceeds the amount obtained from foreign visitors to Costa Rica during 2007 by almost 10% (some $171 million more). The projections were made despite negative news from the sector. Up to July of this year the amount of flights to Costa Rica had increased by 37%, but this will change with the announcement of cutbacks from several airlines in response to the economic recession in the United States.

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Nacion.com published: "Reuben Blades, Minister of Tourism, reminded everyone that the traditional visitor coming to Panama is from the United States and Canada just like its neighbors Costa Rica and Colombia. Now the country wants to focus its efforts on attracting European tourists 'because of the Euro' and because 'they stay for a longer period of time (between 15 and 28 days),' according to Blades."

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June 2008

The economic slowdown in the United States and the rise in oil prices has not discouraged American tourists from going to Costa Rica.

From January to May nearly a million foreign tourists visited Costa Rica, and about half as many as visited in all of 2007.
More than half of the visitors were from the United States and 17 percent from Europe.

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