Costa Rica’s tourism industry is expected to be better than last year’s, says the Camara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur) – the national tourism chamber.
According to their latest study, Canatur says that six out of ten tourism business polled expect to have a better tourist season this season, but it won’t mean more jobs in the sector.
Canatur says that 70% of tourism business surveyed will not be hiring this season, that runs from December to April.
The tourism chamber survey indicates that 59% of tourism operators believe that this season will be “much better” or “better” than last year, while 34% said it will be the same and 7% are negative, looking for a “worse” season.
The high tourist season is when Costa Rica gets a high flow of tourist arrivals, requiring added services.
The Canatur survey that includes 205 business owners, hotels, tour operators, travel agents, car rentals and food services reveals a stagnant job market in the tourism sector.