11% of Tourists Prefer Houses to Hotels

In Costa Rica between 2010 and 2015, the proportion of tourists staying in rented homes instead of hotels increased from 4% to 11%.

Monday, November 7, 2016

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.

Nacion.com reports that "...Based on the data of all visitors entering through the terminal, the percentage of foreigners who claimed to have rented a house rose from 0.7% in 2010 to 14% in 2015. In Juan Santamaria airport, the percentages were 5.1% and 9.7% in 2010 and 2015, respectively."

"... As the numbers in this category of accommodation grow significantly, the number of foreigners who chose to stay in hotels is decreasing. In six years, the percentage of foreigners who spend their days in the country in a hotel fell by an order of 7%. "

The supply of homes available for rent through the web platform Airbnb is now equivalent to 18% of the hotels in the country. See: "Hotels are Losing War On Holiday Rentals".

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