Tourism with No Season and Slow Reactivation

As a result of the covid19 outbreak, Costa Rica closed its borders to tourism and during April and May practically no visitors entered the country, a situation that will persist in the coming months due to the slow reactivation of the sector.

Friday, June 19, 2020

In order to mitigate the advance of the virus, by means of a government decree the authorities ordered that as of March 18 only Costa Ricans and residents could enter the country.

See "Tourism and Travel: Consumer Interests and Preferences"

Most of the restrictions remain in place and the last two months have seen the entry of mostly Costa Rican returnees on humanitarian flights.

Flora Ayub, executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH), explained to that "... the other problem will be the slow reactivation of flights and the arrival of tourists, after the country reopens its doors to foreigners. When the airports open, it's not that thousands of tourists will come immediately, it will be little by little in the following months."

Also see "Travel Agencies: Interest in Central America"

Rodolfo Lizano, director of Planning and Tourism Development of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), believes that "... there is still no information available to estimate how long it will take to regain the level of tourism and growth of 2019, as this is an unprecedented situation in world tourism activity."

CentralAmericaData reports that in the digital environment of the Costa Rican market, the long-term trend of the volume of searches associated with the subject of travel agency services, has reported a sustained decline since December 1, 2019. However, when analyzing the short-term trend of consumer interactions, it is evident that interest has begun to recover since May 10.

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