From May 31st to June 7th, 2015 Sardina beach, on the Pacific coast, will host the World Surfing Championship.
For the third time the beaches in the municipality of Tola will be hosting the World Surfing Championships, an important income generator because athletes have a level of daily expenses "... of about $100, which is twice the average spent by tourists who come to do other things. " It also improves the positioning of the country as a tourist destination.
It is estimated that foreigners visiting the country to practice this sport stay an average of 17 days and spend $122 a day.
Ranking as the third best surfing destination in the world after Hawaii and Indonesia, Costa Rica attracts an average of 400,000 foreign surfers every year. The sporting conditions on offer at the beaches have been exploited by tourism companies, which together with the authorities carry out promotions internationally in order to promote this niche tourism market.
The aim is to attract tourists through means of hosting international surfing tournaments, an activity which moves more than 35 million people worldwide.
Lucy Valenti, chief executive of the tourism company Turismo e Inversiones S.A.SA states that "there is a decision to support the implementation of international tournaments which are putting Nicaragua on the world surfing map". Currently, Alas Tour Classic 2013 is taking place in the country.
Between April 2012 and March 2013, surfing generated revenues of $20 million for the tourism sector, which is twice what the country received five years ago.
Elsalvador.com reports that "according to a study funded by the program All Invest and developed by Grupo Amate in coordination with the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport), the sport has boosted tourism and investment in the approximately 200 kilometers of Salvadoran coast between the beaches Las Flores and Mizata ".
The advantages offered by the country for more than 20 million surfers worldwide, makes the sport as a key ingredient in tourism development.
Among the advantages of this tourism generating sport is the fact that it does not require much infrastructure in order to start generating revenue, what really counts is the impact of the waves, which is a natural resource.
Located as one of the top 10 places to surf, the country has the potential to attract the attention of more than 30 million surfers worldwide.
From a press release by Proesa:
Surfing has become an emerging industry for countries blessed with suitable waves to take advantage of. According to the Australian website Hotelclub.com El Salvador because of its perfect right breaking waves, ranks as one of the top 10 places to surf, giving it the potential to attract the attention of more than 30 million surfers worldwide.
The 2011 Billabong World Surfing Games will take place between June 25 and July 3 in Panama.
The announcement was made by the president of the International Surfing Association (ISA), Fernando Aguerre, who commented, "Surf in Panama is excellent ... we are eager to bring our main competition there."
Salomón Shamah, PTA administrator, commented: "...this activity does not only generate a lot of international attention, but also drives many tourists. Surfers... are high quality tourists, aware of the enviroment".
The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced that next year's World Surfing Championships will be held at Hermosa Beach in Jaco (Central Pacific).
The games are scheduled for July 31st through August 8th 2009.
Surf related tourism in Costa Rica currently represents 20% of tourist arrivals. According to information from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), almost 200,000 surfers visited the country in 2007.
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