Worrying Drop in Hotel Occupancy Rates

Hotel entrepreneurs in Costa Rica attribute the decline in occupancy rates to a lesser flow of US tourists visiting the country, which in the first half fell by 2%.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

According to the results of an occupancy survey carried out by the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels among its affiliates, hotel occupancy fell by 5% in June compared to the same month in 2016, and projections for the coming months are not very flattering. 

According to the survey, "... In June, the country's hardest hit areas were the Caribbean, where a 42% occupancy rate was reported, ie, only four out of 10 rooms were rented out, and Puntarenas, with 51% of demand, according to the response from businesses." 

See: "Tourism Revenues continue to rise" 

Priscila Solano, president of the Chamber of Tourism in Guanacaste (Caturgua), told Nacion.com that "... in (the South Pacific) the situation is very serious and in some specific cases and places the losses in visitation have been around 30% "The problem, she added, is that [the situation] occurred all year round and affected all kinds of businesses, five stars, those with fewer stars, large, small and even so-called 'cabinas'." 

See also: "Airbnb Grows Sharply in Costa Rica" 

Some businessmen believe that the Costa Rican Tourism Institute's decision to invest more in the promotion of tourism in Europe forced them to stop participating in some promotional events in the United States. "... It is hoped, said Solano, that they will go back to doing more promotion geared towards the American power, since it is the largest generator of tourists to Costa Rica."

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