The Tourism Authority is considering redeploying the benefit of free insurance for medical expenses for visitors, but adjusting the scope and term of the coverage.
Authorities are assessing the changes that would be needed in order to implement the free health insurance program for tourists once again, seeing as it was such a valuable promotional tool.The benefit was implemented by the Martinelli administration in 2011 andcanceled three years later, due to its high cost.
5,000 tourists have taken advantage of the tourism promotion program known as Stop Over', which allows air passengers with connections of between 5 and 48 hours to go out of the airport without incurring any additional fees.
The Tourism Ministry said that since the program began in March 2015, 5,000 people left the Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero airport to do tourism activities while waiting for their next flight.
The growing influx of tourists in Guanacaste is one of the factors that is encouraging supermarket chains to increase the number of branches in the province.
The growing influx of international tourists to beaches in Guanacaste has increased the attractiveness of the province for the commercial sector, particularly supermarkets.According to Elfinancierocr.com,"...Super Compro (owned by Gessa) has 23 stores in Guanacaste, which makes it the chain with the most stores in the province, followed by Palí (Walmart) with 13 and Megasuper with 7."
The number of international arrivals to the country last year grew by 10% compared to 2015, reaching a record 2.9 million visitors.
During the year 2,925,128 international arrivals to the country were reported, and over 70% came in by air, which represents the main means of entry.2016 showed growth of 13.8%; in other words, almost 260 thousand more arrivals than in 2015.
Tourism entrepreneurs have suggested setting up a border post in El Naranjo in order to encourage the arrival of international tourists coming from Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
The announcement of the possible construction of a coastal highway in the Pacific, represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the tourism sectorto further enhance the development of tourism in the area and also provide a route for foreign tourists arriving at the Liberia airport in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
In 2016 1,182,123 tourists used the Daniel Oduber airport, 33% more than in 2015, generating an average per capita expenditure of $130 per day.
According to estimates by Coriport, the airport management company,"... from Fridays to Mondays the Daniel Oduber airport receives between 30 and 33 flights per day, while between Tuesdays and Thursdays at least 18 arrive there. On average those passengers stay in Costa Rica for nine days and spend about $130 per day."
The average daily expenditure per capita rose by 8.5% compared to the previous quarter, led mainly by increased spending by visitors from Europe.
From the report "Tourism Survey III Quarter 2016" by the Central Bank:
In the third quarter of 2016 in terms of inbound tourism, the average daily expenditure per capita recorded a rise of 8.5 percent compared with the previous quarter, mainly driven by increased spending by visitors from Europe (36.1%).The interannual variation of average expenditure was 18.2 percent.In contrast, the average length of stay recorded a fall of 7.5 percent compared with the previous quarter, impacted by less stays by tourists from Europe (-34.3%) and South America (-15.7%).The annual rate of change of the average length of stay was -7.9 percent.
The Honduran government has announced that from April 2017 and for six months, the airline Air Europa will operate one direct flight per week between Madrid and San Pedro Sula.
A statement issued by Coalianza of Honduras states that "...The European airline will leave the Spanish capital on Wednesday and return to San Pedro Sula on Thursday on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 275 seats in economy class and 24 in first class."
In Costa Rica between 2010 and 2015, the proportion of tourists staying in rented homes instead of hotels increased from 4% to 11%.
Of the more than 9.6 million tourists who visited Costa Rica in the last five years, almost 700 thousand claimed to have stayed in rented homes using platforms such as Airbnb or Homeaway, instead of hotels.Figures compiled by Nacion.com indicate that the greatest trend was seen in the province of Guanacaste, specifically among tourists coming into the country through the Daniel Oduber airport.
From December 22 the airline AirTransat will fly once a week between the Canadian city of Montreal and San Salvador.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador:
Representatives of Hotel Leones Marinos, Atami, Hotel Bahia del Sol and Decameron Hotels promoted their offer of specialized services in the country at the international exhibition on Tourism and Travel.
It has been announced that the Canadian airline Air Transat made 28 flights from Montreal and Toronto between December 2016 and March 2017.
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