Costa Rica 2014: Record Tourism

Almost 70% of international arrivals by air corresponded to North American visitors, followed by Europe with 16.5% and South America with 6.9%.

Friday, January 23, 2015

From a statement issued by the Government of Costa Rica:

2014 was a momentous year for the tourism industry, in which all historical records of the country in tourism were exceeded . This is demonstrated by the data provided by the General Department of Immigration (DGME) which has been analyzed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

Figures 2014

Costa Rica reported 2,526,817 international arrivals by all ports of entry, a growth of 4.1% compared to the previous year.

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October 2019

During the first semester of 2019, foreign tourists in Costa Rica spent $2,228 million, exceeding by 3.8% what was reported in the same period of 2018.

Data from the Central Bank of Costa Rica indicate that between January and June 2018 and the same period in 2019, tourist spending increased by $81 million, from $2,147 million to $2,229 million.

Tourists Costa Rica Spend Less Than Before

October 2013

The number of tourists arriving in the country has increased, but now they spend less per day than they did in the boom years.

While in 2008, 2.1 million tourists visited the country and spent $2.1 billion, in 2012 2.3 million arrived and only spent $2.2 billion.

In 2008, each visitor spent about $1,041 in the 11 days that their stay lasted, however, in 2012 the average consumption dropped to $947.

7.3% Increase in Tourist Arrivals in Costa Rica

August 2012

The first half of the year saw the entry of 1,285,599 visitors, up 7.3% compared to the same period in 2011.

The airports have the largest number of admissions, 856,672, followed by arrivals by land, 422,316, according to the Directorate General of Immigration.

"While most of the revenue continues to be reported by Juan Santamaria International Airport (655,530 tourists) what stands out is a growth of 26% in the number of tourist arrivals at Daniel Oduber in Liberia, with respect to 2011. 'Nearly 70% of international arrivals were by air. If a comparison is made by months in the years 2011-2102 you can see that there is constant growth ', said a report from the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism", according to

Tourism Statistics Need Improvement

November 2011

In Costa Rica the current methods for keeping records about the number of tourist arrivals are inefficient, with differences in numbers of up to half a million.

Professionals in the tourism sector believe it is essential to incorporate new tools in order to generate more reliable data regarding the entry of tourists into the country.

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