Tourist spend $2.2 billion in Costa Rica

This year tourists visiting the country spent $2.2 billion, according to estimates from the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The amount surpasses the $280 million for 2007 (¢1.9 billion colones), when there were 1.9 million tourists.

The ICT expects that there will be a little more than 2 million visitors that have vacationed here by the end of 2008, said Carlos Benavides, minister of tourism.

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October 2013

The number of tourists arriving in the country has increased, but now they spend less per day than they did in the boom years.

While in 2008, 2.1 million tourists visited the country and spent $2.1 billion, in 2012 2.3 million arrived and only spent $2.2 billion.

In 2008, each visitor spent about $1,041 in the 11 days that their stay lasted, however, in 2012 the average consumption dropped to $947.

Tourist Spending Up in Panama

August 2010

In the first six months of the year tourists spent $582.1 million, $64 million more than the same period in 2009.

In both 2009 and 2010 the most productive months were January and March.

"These figures make Panama one of the countries with most tourist spending in Central America, according to the Tourism Authority," reports Laestrella.com.pa. "An average of 13,283 visitors now pass through Tocumen Airport every 24 hours".

Tourists Arrivals Up 9.6% in Costa Rica

July 2010

1,124,000 tourists visited Costa Rica in the first six months of the year, 9.6% more than the same period of 2009.

The Tourism Institute of Costa Rica estimates that around 2 million tourists will visit the nation in 2010.

Newspaper La Prensa Libre published statements by Carlos Ricardo Benavides: “The figures point to an evident recovery after the international economic crisis”.

Tourism grows 10% in Costa Rica this year

August 2008

At the close of 2008, tourism activities will have left the country with more than $2 billion in earnings.

This figure exceeds the amount obtained from foreign visitors to Costa Rica during 2007 by almost 10% (some $171 million more). The projections were made despite negative news from the sector.

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