Hotel Market Statistics in Costa Rica

Up to December 2015 2.559 hotels with 47,452 rooms were registered in the country, of which 70% are located in the city and at the beach.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Market figures have not yet reached the levels recorded before the crisis of 2008, when the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels counted 2,599 hotels in operation, spread across different areas of the country, but are instead concentrated in the large metropolitan area and coastal areas.

Regarding hotel developments projected for this year and in the short term, a sector analysis prepared by states that "... four new complexes are comining in the medium term for the Central Valley, but their feasibility is still being analyzed, revealed Gustavo Araya, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) ".

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Regarding hotel distribution by area, the report reveals that "... the Central Valley and Guanacaste account for 68% of all hotels on national soil, ie, there are 972 hotels and 768 hotels respectively in each zone. This factor coincides with participation by type of project: 70% between city and beach accommodations ".

In ten years, the average occupancy recorded in hotels in Costa Rica is 54%, a rate that has recovered after the global recession. Still, the number of hotels operating has not returned to the amount recorded before 2009: 2,559 in 2015, up from 2,599 at the time. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of rooms grew by 22.5% for a total of 47,452 at the end of 2015, according to CCH. Projections made by the Central Bank of Costa Rica indicate that 2016 will generate $2,893,000 in revenue from tourism and by 2017 this amount will reach $3,161,000.

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