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Canatur expects an “explosion” of American tourists for the second half of 2021

QCOSTARICA - Local tourism at Semana Santa gave a brief respite to the tourism sector, especially in beach destinations: the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) recorded an average occupancy of 75%, while the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) reported a flow distributed on...

Pandemic setback: Tourist visits to Costa Rica fell to 1998 levels

QCOSTARICA - If there were doubts about the impact of COVID-19 on the Costa Rican tourism sector, the figures will help to clear them up. One of those figures is the visits of foreign tourists to Costa Rica. Stunning, in 2020, the entry of vacationers...

Costa Rica sees ailing tourism sector stagnant in 2021 after COVID-19 blow

QCOSTARICA  - Tourism to Costa Rica will likely stagnate this year at the sharply reduced levels of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, weighing on the country's economy, said the Minister of Tourism on Saturday. Gustavo Segura said Costa Rica will in 2021 probably receive...

Airlines will have 300,000 seats available to travel to Costa Rica in December

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have, in December, potentially 299,822 available seats on airlines filled with tourists, according to an estimate published by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). This forecast is obtained through the OAG Schedules Analyser, based on airline schedules database and the...

Costa Rica gets set to receive all tourists as of November 1

QCOSTARICA -  With two days before Costa Rica opens its borders to tourists from all over the world, on November 1, the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, detailed the measures that the tourism sector will take to receive them. "It will be a gradual and...

“Reopening of airports not just around the corner,” Minister of Health

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, during the Thursday noon press conference at Casa Presidencial, responded to the question of the reopening of the airports to international tourists with: "It's not just around the corner". The question was put to the minister by...

ICT calls to resume tourist flights on July 1 with Europe and Canada

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT - Costa Rican Tourism Board -  reported on Wednesday, June 24, that it will arrange for the government to resume tourist flights starting July 1, first with European countries and, later, with Canada. The ICT explained that this...

Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not?

(QCOSTARICA) Amid the coronavirus pandemic, which airlines have flights to and from Costa Rica and which are not? This is the official information from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) as of June 17. Aeroméxico: Suspended operations until further notice. ...

Tourists must fill out an epidemiological form to enter the country

(QCOSTARICA) Starting next July 1, the entry of tourists to Costa Rica could be resumed. Given this, the country is already working on new regulations for arrivals by air during the second half of the year that must be complied with. According to a report...

Touristic bet would be to receive cruises all year round

Betting on extending the cruise season annually and investing in infrastructure should be the next steps of the tourist cruise industry in Costa Rica, several experts agree. This would allow the country to improve its tourism revenues and not be left behind by its competitors...

What is the impact of recent turbulence on Costa Rica’s commercial aviation?

Volaris announced on November 13 that it would freeze the growth of its operations in Costa Rica. The risk of a strong increase in costs, the possibility of extending a contract and the current competitiveness of fares are the three axes of the tense...

Costa Rica Tourist Arrivals Grew 4% up to June 2019

During the first half of the year, 1.73 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica, a figure 3.9% higher than that reported in the same period in 2018, behavior that is explained by the rise in the arrival of tourists from North America.   Figures from the...

“Costa Rica would lose tourism competitiveness due to new requirements”, business sector

A charge of US$15 to tourists who want to enter Costa Rica, as proposed by a bill, would reduce competitiveness to the country as a destination, according to tourism entrepreneurs. "This is not the most opportune moment to try to impose a new burden on...

Costa Rica Tourism: Lights and Shadows

Although between 2017 and 2018 the average spending of tourists in Costa Rica fell 14%, the average spending per foreign tourist in Costa Rica increased in the last eight years by 9%, which, it is estimated, is due to a combination of more activities...

Tourism Board Estimates a 9% Increase in 2018-2019 Cruise Ship arrivals

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Costa Rican Tourism Board - estimates an increase of 9.2% in cruise ship arrivals at the five main points of the country - Limón, Caldera, Quepos, Golfito, and Puntarenas - for 2018 (August) to 2019 (July) season. In...

European airlines seek to expand operations in Costa Rica due to high demand

European airlines that connect Europe with Costa Rica are extremely pleased with the results obtained in recent months, as they told the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) during their meetings at the ITB in Berlin; leading fair in the world tourism industry. Given this situation,...

Costa Rica Readies To Attract More Cruises

Costa Rica set a goal of attracting more cruise ships to its ports, not only because of the number of passengers who invest their money in tours and the possibility of returning but also because of the opportunity for domestic producers and the generation...

Online Hotel Reservations Grow In Costa Rica

  The leading platform for hotel reservations in the cloud, SiteMinder, revealed during its participation in the WTM Latin America 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil, the growth and opportunities that Costa Rica has in terms of hotel reservations. In the last five years alone, online reservations...

Increase In Passenger Arrivals Saturates San Jose Airport

The hundreds of tourists arriving at Costa Rica's main international airport, the Juan Santamaria (SJO), in San Jose eager to discover the beauties of the country, must first endure the huge lines when getting off the plane. Within minutes of landing, the line to the...

Immigtation Will Use Face Verification and Fingerprints At Airports

In the not too distant future, arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, will be a breeze,  checking you in 30 seconds, thanks to a new system that could be in place by the end of next year. The...

Volaris Costa Rica To Open Three New Low-Cost U.S. Routes In 2018

With a year's operation under its belt, connecting Costa Rica with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, Volaris Costa Rica is now setting its eyes on the United States. The airline says it is working on obtaining permits for three new routes to the United...

Tourism Slows Down In Costa Rica Due To Drop In Visitors From The U.S.

The arrival of tourists to Costa Rica grew only by 1.3% in the first eight months of the year with respect to the same period in 2016, especially affected by an overall fall of 3.4% in the arrival of U.S. tourists. The deceleration has the...

Costa Rica Cruise Season Expectations

  For the 2017-2018 cruise ship season, the Caribbean port town of Limon expects the arrival of 240,000 tourists aboard 115 cruise ships. December 30, 2017, will be the most visited day with 7,000 visitors, while January 14, 2018 could be the day with the most...

In A Decade Costa Rica Could Have More Visitors Per Year Than Inhabitants

Q COSTA RICA - In less than two decades Costa Rica will have tripled the number of tourist arrivals, closing 2016 with almost three million. In 2004, the country set a record, receiving 1.5 million visitors, double the number of the previous decade. According to the...

Costa Rica Sets Record 1st Quarter Earning From Tourism

Visitors to Costa Rica, in the first three months of the year, left behind US$1.242 billion dollars, the highest amount recorded by the Banco Central (Central Bank). This quarterly amount is similar to what Costa Rica received in tourism in the entire year in...

2015 Record Year For Costa Rican Tourism

QCOSTARICA - 2015 proved to be a record year for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica with revenue from tourism up by 9% - an increase of approximately three times that of the country’s GDP which was up by 2.8%. Tourist arrivals hit an all-time high,...

Tourist Arrivals Inflated, Legislator Says Of ICT

QCOSTARICA - Alberto Lopez, head of the Tourism Board (ICT), admitted Thursday afternoon before the Legislative Commission on Tourism, that the number of visitors entering the country are inflated. The ICT chief said the numbers only exclude Nicaraguans entering Costa Rica on work permits. This implies...

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