According to data released by the Immigration Department of Costa Rica which was analyzed by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), there was a 9.2 percent increase in international tourism to Costa Rica in 2010 compared to 2009.
For the second time in history, Costa Rica received more than 2 million tourists. According to current statistics analyzed by the ICT, there were 2,099,829 tourists in 2010 (a total gathered from all ports of entry) comparing to the 1,922, 579 that visited the country in 2009.
"We are very optimistic about this 9.2 percent growth in tourism to Costa Rica because travel to Latin America has risen between 5 and 6 percent compared to the lower rate of travel to the rest of the world which was hovering around 4 and 5 percent," said Carlos Ricardo Benavides, Tourism Minister, The Costa Rica Tourism Board.
Juan Santamaría International Airport, the main port of entry to Costa Rica in San Jose, reported the arrival of 1,189,925 passengers in 2010 representing an increase of 5.5 percent compared to 2009 when the airport reported 1,127,599 visitors.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, and bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. This small country represents only .05 percent of the planet’s surface and it shelters almost 5 percent of the existing world’s biodiversity. It has given priority to the conservation of its natural resources, protecting 26 percent of its national territory through the creation of National Parks and other natural areas. The country also offers world-class eco-tourism and adventure travel. The options are unlimited for any discriminating traveler: horseback riding on a secluded beach; hiking through the lush whispering greenery of a rainforest; having an exhilarating experience on a white-water rafting trip, observing the tropical forests from a canopy tour; surfing the blue waves of either coast; experiencing a quite, close encounter with different species of birds and wildlife; and enjoying the diverse culture and hospitality of the Ticos.
About the Costa Rica Tourism Board
The Costa Rica Tourism Board, created in 1955, is an autonomous institution of the State, responsible for regulating the tourism activity in Costa Rica and promoting Costa Rica’s tourism attractions and destinations both at a national and international level. The Costa Rica Tourism Board creates tourism norms, regulations, incentives and grants the tourist declaratory for Costa Rica’s hotels, travel agencies, rental cars and other tourism organization and service provider.
For general travel or tourism information about Costa Rica, contact the Costa Rica Tourism Board directly at 1-866-267-8274 or visit their web site at www.visitcostarica.com
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