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Costa Rica has experienced a 6.5 percent increase in international arrivals in 2011. This number exceeds the World Tourism Organization’s 4-5 percent estimate.
In the first six months of 2011, Costa Rica had a total of 1,197,199 tourists arrive through various ports of entry. According to tourism minister Allan Flores, these numbers reflect Costa Rica’s unique innovation and its sustainable offerings, both of which have been highlighted in recent years.
“These figures are encouraging and urge us to continue to work hard to increase the possible stay time and average spending of visitors in Costa Rica,” said Flores. “We are committed to further promotional and marketing strategies, along with attracting new airlines.”
The Tourism Board hopes to continue increase of tourism by 5 percent per year by ensuring that a minimum of 500 tourism businesses obtain a Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). Costa Rica also aims to obtain a 10 percent increase in hotel occupancy in properties with CST. Additionally, the country’s first national convention and exhibition center is planning to open in 2014 with world-class amenities for business-travelers. www.visitcostarica.com