Published on : Saturday, January 7, 2017
Ending 2016 with almost three million visitors, in less than two decades, Costa Rica will have tripled the number of tourist arrivals. Statistics say that up to last September, the number of arrivals reached 2.25 million, a 12.46% increase over the first nine months of 2015. Tourism Minister of Costa Rica Mauricio Ventura said, “Everything indicates that it was a really good year, with a higher than average growth.”
For the first nine months of 2016, the World Tourism Organization estimated an overall global increase of 4% in the number of international tourists compared to the previous year. In Costa Rica, the figure was 12.46%.
However, positive indicators pose challenges to the country as well, which are putting a limit on its tourism. Although Costa Rica’s tourism has been on the rise, with an average per year of 6.3% since 2000, these challenges are somewhat limiting tourism.
To quote Ventura, “At the moment it’s not an issue to consider right away,” Ventura told La Nacion.
“In the future we will have to consider how far the country can reach in the number of visits it can receive without damaging the product (ecological tourism), but we still have a lot of growth potential.”
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