Costa Rica known as poster child of ecotourism

Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016

child of ecotourismCosta Rica’s ecotourism is an important and integral part of the tourism industry in the country. The country is among many developing nations that look to ecotourism as a way of cashing in on the growing demand for this popular trend of travel.

Since 1984, international tourism receipts have grown from $117 million to $136 million in 1987 and $577 million in 1993. Such phenomenal growth has made tourism the leading source of foreign exchange in Costa Rica.

By 1995, more than 800,000 foreigners came to Costa Rica, many of whom visited national parks and reserves. The tourism boom began in 1987, with the number of visitors up from 329,000 in 1988, through 1.03 million in 1999, to a historical record of 2.34 million foreign visitors in 2012. In 2012 international tourist receipts reached US$2.4 billion.

Many of the first ecotourists were academics who came to the country to study biology. The publications generated by these biologists, coupled with a more aggressive campaign by the Costa Rica Toursim Board (ICT) soon led to a growing group of “nature tourists.”

Ecotourism draws many tourists to visit the extensive national parks and protected areas around the country. By the early 1990s, Costa Rica became known as one of the poster child of ecotourism.


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