More American Tourists Arriving in Costa Rica

Between October and November, the number of visitors from the US quadrupled, from 6,000 to 24,000, a rise reported in the context of the economic reopening and the reactivation of commercial flights.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The 24,606 Americans who arrived in the country during November, represent a little more than a quarter of the visits from the US registered in the same month of 2019, informed the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). The decrease in tourist arrivals is due to the crisis generated by the outbreak of covid-19 at a global level.

See "Interest in travel and tourism: No Clear Direction"

This means that out of every 100 tourists who arrived by air in November, 68 were Americans, a growth that matches the opening to all U.S. states, which took effect on November 1. The total number of international arrivals amounts to 36,044, the ICT's press release states.

Gustavo J. Segura, Minister of Tourism, said that "... the reactivation will be gradual... of Europe still do not visit us in the desired volume. Caution must be taken, as the current air entry of tourists is less than 20% existing before the pandemic."

Following the opening to international commercial flights from the European Union, the gradual reactivation of the international tourist industry began on August 1st. As of November 1st, both the air and sea borders are open to all countries.



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