Sport Fishing: Business in Costa Rica

About 153,000 visitors annually come to the country to fish for recreational purposes, and the activity generates a chain of business of about $500 million annually.

Friday, June 28, 2019

According to a study conducted by the Costa Rican Fishing Federation (Fecop), most of the income reported in the country by sport and tourist fishing derives from the arrival of tourists interested in the activity, who generate annual revenues of $460 million.

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When analyzing the income generated by tourists who come to practice fishing, it is estimated that they spend $210 million in accommodation services, $201 million in transportation and $48 million in other expenses associated with the activity.

Alberto Lopez, general manager of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), explained to that "... we could affirm the growth of activity in the country, because of the presence of quality infrastructure evidenced by the marinas and tourist berths. Without leaving aside the richness of the marine resource that Costa Rica has had."

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López added that the "... user of the marinas or yachtsmen, are tourists with a high purchasing power who spend in the country sums greater than the average and stay in the country longer and repeat their visit."

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