Costa Ricans Demand More Affordable Prices For National Tourism

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  • 21.03.11
  • 10:13 PM UTC
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Source : Inside Costa Rica

More than half of Costa Ricans (56%) believe that prices for domestic tourism is are not accessible and 75% perceive a preference towards foreign tourists, according to survey results of the Costa Rican Perceptions on Tourism , population and environment, water resources and watershed management, conducted by Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Población de la Universidad Nacional (IDESPO-UNA).

Costa Rica TourismThe survey took in the responses of 800 people between October 11 and 24, 2010, of which 52.5% were women and 47.5% men, with 19.3 of all respondents between the ages of 18 and 24, 19% between 25 and 34, 21% between 35 and 44, 18.8% between 45 and 54 and 22% over 55.

The specialist in the area of tourism and researcher IDESPO, Hugo Gonzalez, acknowledges that although the growth of tourism has helped to improve Costa Rica’s economic development, particularly in certain sectors, its fundamental orientation towards the foreign market has meant a rising tourism services for nationals.

At least that is the perception by Costa Ricans.

In fact, 54% of respondents assessed as “good” and “very good ” tourism that is growing in the country, especially because it generates benefits to the country and communities.

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