Costa Rica: Flow of Visitors Up 10% in 2016

The number of international arrivals to the country last year grew by 10% compared to 2015, reaching a record 2.9 million visitors.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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.

For the second consecutive year, the United States -the main market- exceeded one million international arrivals. Similarly, Europe increased its dynamism in the country, accounting for 434,884 arrivals by all routes and 353,326 by air. 

One significant piece of data is that for the first time the UK has become the main source of tourists from Europe, with growth of 50.3% by all routes and 56.5% by air.


January-December 2016

RouteArrivalsVariation %
All routes2.925.12810
By Air2.114.86513,8
Juan Santamaría1.540.4667,7
Daniel Oduber Quirós572.54434,3
Land and waterways
799.8240,8
Sea10.43927,4

See full statement from the ICT in more detail. (In Spanish)



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