Tourists Costa Rica Spend Less Than Before

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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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. This means that if each of these tourists had spent at the same rate as five years ago, the income would have been $2.4 billion. reports: " The dollars spent each year tourists are important to the economy mean 5% of gross domestic product ." Those paying fewer dollars are tourists who enter the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia , as consumption rose from $ 1,700 in 2008 to $ 1,078 in 2012. In the Juan Santamaría , travelers have kept spending in the range of $ 1,300 .

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