As early as 2016 the ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institute) confirmed that the country closed the arrival of 2.9 million foreign visitors, a figure that means a record in the number of international visits nationwide.
The airway has gained its reputation as the main means of entry into the country, as more than 70% of arrivals come from this route.
Mauricio Ventura, the Minister of Tourism, at this point celebrated the effort to boost the sympathy of new airlines to the country and indicated the momentum as the main cause of the greatest attraction of visitors.
“The country had never witnessed such a significant increase in the arrival of new airlines, the growth of frequencies and the creation of new routes to the country, which strengthens the connectivity of Costa Rica with the rest of the world. This work gave and will continue to generate positive results, so it is essential that our tourism sector is prepared even more to provide a quality service that leads to a rewarding experience in the destination, “he said.
An example; Ventura glimpsed how he went from making a single direct flight to Spain, provided by Iberia, to three direct flights; France (Air France), United Kingdom (British Airways) and Germany (Condor).
Juan Santamaría International Airport surpassed one and a half million international arrivals. Liberia, Daniel Oduber Airport, accounted for more than 570,000 arrivals. These figures, for both airports, are the highest in their history.
“Growth in our international airports, figures never before registered both by air and at all ports of entry, close the year with almost 3 million arrivals, among other relevant data, support the good year the tourism industry experienced”, Ventura, pointed out.
In the case of sea and land, an increase of 27.4% and 0.8% was reported, respectively.
As if that were not enough, for the second consecutive year the United States surpassed one million international arrivals. Also, Europe, increased its dynamism in the country, counting 434,884 arrive by all means (here is the 10% increase)
Being the result; the United Kingdom was the first European country to emit visitors, with the growth of 50.3% for all routes and 56.5% for airways.