Golf tees off as big Costa Rican tourist draw

Golf in becoming a key element in Costa Rica's tourist industry. The sport generates US$86.7 million a year in hotel accommodation, food, recreation and purchases of equipment.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Some 34,000 tourists a year – 2 percent of the total – visit Costa Rica for golf, and at least six real-estate developments under construction include courses.
Joseph Kuo, corporate vice-president of New York Life Insurance is one of several foreign golfers who rate Costa Rica highly. "I've played in different places all over the world but nothing can compare with the experience I had in Costa Rica. Really friendly people, exquisite scenery and unbeatable prices," said Kuo.

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Panama promotes incentive tourism

June 2008

Panama is promoting itself as a destination for "incentive tourism" that companies offer to their executives, employees and clients.

The Panamanian Tourism Institute (Ipat) believes that Panama and its coasts have much to offer in terms of incentive tourism, a growing sector of the international tourism industry.

Costa Rica fears US slowdown will harm tourism

May 2008

The economic slowdown in the United States is casting a shadow over Costa Rica's tourism sector. More than half of all tourists who visit Costa Rica are from the US.

The Costa Rica Tourism Institute is taking measures to head off a possible crisis in the sector. But not everyone is taking such a pessimistic view.

Costa Rica boosts tourist promotion in US and Canada

May 2008

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.

Benavides told press conference that the campaign would project Costa Rica as a "sustainable" destination with unique appeal.

Costa Rican tourism grows 17% in 3rd quarter

April 2008

The arrival of tourists to Costa Rica, most of them from the United States, grew by 17 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared with 2007, according to figures from the nation's two international airports.

The total number of tourists was 643,000 between January and March, 92,000 more than the previous year, according to reports from the Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber airports.

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