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.
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."
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.
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.
The number of visitors from North America who came into the country between January and July fell by 3% year on year, while the flow of European tourists grew by almost 7%.
In order to recover some lost ground in the US, Canadian and Mexican markets, an important part of international tourism promotion contract for the next two years will be run in North America.In the first months of the year the number of Canadian tourists who arrived in Panama fell by 27% compared to the same period in 2015, the flow of Mexican tourists fell nearly 5%.
Visitors who came into the country in the first quarter generated $1,242 million, the highest quarterly figure for the last 16 years.
Of the total foreign exchange from tourism entering between January and March 2016, 77% was through personal trips and the remaining 13% from business trips, according to a detailed breakdown published by Nacion.com.
Visitor spending went from $3.728 billion in 2014 to $4.2 billion in 2015, double the growth rate for the category in a year.
The entry of travelers into Panama grew by 6.9% at the end of last year, going from 6,668 in 2014 to 7,128 in 2015. This greater volume of passengers spent 12.7% more than they did in 2014, reaching a record high of $4,199.7 million, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census.
In the first half of the year 1.4 million tourists visted the country, only 1.7% more than in the same period in 2014.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT):
In the first six months of the year, our country received 1,415,046 international arrivals; that is, more than 23,429 tourists entered through all ports, according to data provided by the Directorate General of Immigration (DGME) and analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
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