Costa Rica received 3.1 million tourists in 2019, 4.1% more than in 2018



The authorities of Costa Rica reported on Wednesday that in 2019 a total of 3.1 million tourists visited the country, for an increase of 4.1% compared to the year 2018.

The Minister of Tourism, María Amalia Revelo, highlighted in a press conference the positive figures and indicated that the growth exceeds the world average of tourism (4%) and doubles that of America (2%), according to the Organization's barometer World Tourism (UNWTO).

"Costa Rica is appreciated and recognized as the leader it is and the warmth of its people. Tourism is definitely what will allow us more employment, more distribution of wealth and more welfare to our inhabitants," Revelo said at the event. Official presentation of figures.

2.41 million tourists arrived by air, 4.5% more than 2018. Of these tourists, 1.28 million are from the United States, while 438,284 visitors were reported from Europe and 173,635 visitors from South America, among others.

The president of the National Chamber of Tourism, Sary Valverde, said that "tourism has shown an extraordinary capacity for adaptation and resistance to change, despite the uncertainties of slowdown announcements."

"Costa Rica continues to grow above the world economy and the good results show that we continue to be a growing industry and that is why it is necessary to manage this growth with responsibility," said Valverde.

The nationalities that most showed increases in arrivals in Costa Rica during 2019 compared to 2018 were Brazilians (15.1%), followed by Chileans (13.9%), Peruvians (13.5%), Uruguayans (12.5%), Germans (10.3%), Dutch (9.1%) and Canadians (9.3%).

While Mexicans (-4%), Argentines (-8.2%), Colombians (-5%) and Swiss (-1.9%) showed a decrease.

Among other data revealed, the average stay of tourists in Costa Rica is 12.6 nights, the average expenditure per person is $ 1,400 and the main reasons for visiting are leisure, recreation and pleasure.

"These are very positive data that we have to protect and project to the future to grow more and do it sustainably," said Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado at the event.

Within the framework of the activity, the authorities announced the creation of the National Tourism Competitiveness Council, (CONACOT) that will seek to design strategies that will enhance the opportunities and advantages of the country as a tourist destination and face the challenges of this industry.

The purpose of the council is to articulate public-private coordination actions that strengthen the tourism services chain, therefore the Ministries of Tourism, Foreign Trade, Public Works and Transportation, Culture and Youth, Economy, Industry and Commerce, Environment and Energy, Public Safety and Health.

Tourism is one of the main engines of the economy of Costa Rica, a country that hosts about 5% of the planet's biodiversity, which is one of its main attractions.

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