Costa Rica boosts tourist promotion in US and Canada

Costa Rica is to invest US$14 million this year in tourist promotion in the United States and Canada amid fears that the difficulties faced by the US economy could lead to a decline in visitors, Tourism Minister Carlos Benavides said.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Benavides told press conference that the campaign would project Costa Rica as a "sustainable" destination with unique appeal.
Despite gloom over the future of the world economy, Costa Rica is sticking to its targets for growth in tourism this year, he said.
Official figures show that Americans constitute 54 percent of all visitors to Costa Rica.

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