Over million tourists come to Costa Rica in first half of 2011


During the first six months of the year, Costa Rica received 1.197.199 international tourists admitted for all ports. This corresponds to a 6.5% increase over that recorded in the first half of the last four years and forecast growth of the World Tourism Organization are between 4% and 5%.
Of all tourists who entered the first half, 806.651 arrived by air (646.886 at the Juan Santamaria airport in San José and 157.820 at the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

“These figures are encouraging and make us as government to continue working hard to raise as much as possible stay and average spending of visitors to Costa Rica. Therefore, we are committed to further promotion and marketing strategies and attracting new airlines”, said Tourism Minister, Allan Flores.

The Minister said that since Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) is working in the construction of the National Convention Centre and a commitment to potential tourism products such as rural tourism, to ensure the attraction of tourists to our country.

In June, 176.360 tourists entered all the ports, of which 86.000 were Americans, that continue to rank as the main source of the tourism market.

Recently, ICT presented the National Plan for Sustainable Tourism 2010 – 2016 in which is set as main goals the annual 5% increase in the number of international tourists to the number of tourists who entered in 2010.