Costa Rica Travel News – The arrival of Americans to Costa Rica has grown 6% between January and March, with respect to the same period of 2017. This means a recovery after a decline in that indicator.
Looking at the first quarter of each year, we saw a jump of 21% from 2015-16 and then a 4% reduction in 2017. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, 375,107 Americans visited during the first quarter of 2018. US tourism is the best source of visitors to the country.
While some worried about the decline last year, it was shown to be circumstantial. In 2016, for example, airlines opened many more seats. A second circumstance was the change in administration in the US.
European arrivals increased by 14% from the first quarter of 2017 to that of 2018. This may be due to the opening of new direct flights to European cities as well as the promotion of Costa Rica as a destination.
The increase of South American tourists rose by 11% and overall arrivals from all origins increased by 7.1%.