Costa Rica expects increase in tourist arrivals

The minister of tourism, Carlos Benavides, predicted that they will close the year, 2008, with a 10% increase in tourist visits.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"I believe that this is going to be a good year for Costa Rica regarding tourist arrivals and we hope to end the year with a 10% growth in arrivals in comparison to 2007," Benavides declared to the AFP.
"This growth is five times the global performance, which the ITO (International Tourism Organization) calculated at 2% per country," the minister pointed out.

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The number of tourist arrivals from January to October 2008 grew to 1.23 million, 153 thousand more than for the same period last year.

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