Currency generation from tourism is up 4.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of last year. Additionally, in the same period, the arrivals of travelers is up 4.3%.
The income of tourism related currency this period was $1,041 million. In the first quarter of 2018 it was $944 million. This indicates that the tourism sector is firm even though there is a slowdown in the world economy.
The most recent data shows that there were 722,310 travelers to Costa Rica in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. The first half of this year saw 3.9% more tourists than the first semester of last year.
The ICT is doing a good job in promotions. It has attracted new airlines from Europe and seen increases in flight frequencies of those companies already flying to the country, especially from the United States.