Outlook For 2011 Costa Rica’s Tourist Season Positive
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Source : Inside Costa Rica
The outlook for the 2011 tourism season is positive, with a forecast by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) of a 9% growth in tourist arrivals. The positive news was confirmed by the ministro de Turismo, Carlos Ricardo Benavides.
According to the ICT, 2010 was a recovery year, as tourist arrivals reached the peak of the 2008 season when more than 2 million arrivals were recorded.
The regions with the greatest demand by tourists is the Central Valley, Central Pacific, the Northern Plains and Guanacaste.
Although the number of arrivals forecast is good, the amount tourist will spend, however, will be lower.
The ICT calculates that each tourist will spend on average us$954.37 during their stay, us$158.20 less than in 2008. One factor for the lower spending is the low dollar exchange, which directly affects local businesses, who in turn have to pay for their goods and services in local currency.
Benavides said that the growth experienced in 2010 is higher than the 5% average growth in Latin America.
The growth translates into increased investment in the tourism sector.
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