Costa Rica Wants to Attract European Tourists

On 13 May, Costa Rican businessmen will meet at a business forum in which they will study strategies to position Costa Rica as a destination for the European market.

Friday, May 10, 2013

From a press release by the National Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica (CANATUR):

The European region represents one of the main markets for attracting tourists to Costa Rica, which, according to figures from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), received 284,996 visitors from Europe, which means about 12% of total reported income in 2012.

The Old Continent represents a potential market because it generates the highest outbound traffic, ie, citizens engaged in tourism outside their country of origin. According to figures from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 53% of those who traveled around the world were from Europe, likewise, five of the top ten countries reporting the most expenditure in international tourism are in the European zone (Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, France and Italy).

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