Costa Rica achieves tourism milestone
According to the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), over one million North Americans will have visited Costa Rica by the end of this year. On Dec. 18, Costa Rica will welcome its one millionth U.S. visitor, a family of five from Washington who will be enjoying a family vacation. The family will arrive to Juan Santamaria International Airport on United Airlines flight 1266 at 11:07 a.m.
Costa Rica offers families the opportunity to reconnect while exploring, learning and experiencing a close encounter with nature. Families can strengthen their bond and create a lifetime of memories from learning about the country’s culture to enjoying fun activities, such as whale watching, zip lining, and parasailing.
“We are very excited about this accomplishment, and we hope to continue sharing with people from around the world Costa Rica’s pura vida lifestyle,” said Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism. “This achievement reflects the quality and authentic experience Costa Rica offers in such a competitive field.”
According to Ventura, Costa Rica has experienced a seven percent increase in U.S. arrivals by air in the past year. With over 1 million visitors in 2015, the United States is the main source of tourists into the country including 21 cities that offer flights to Costa Rica and a total of 9,924 flights between Costa Rica’s two international airports, Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose and the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.
The country attributes the increase in North American tourism to several marketing initiatives including several international fairs, new partnerships, activities in cities with the highest concentration of best prospects and the popular “Save the Americans” campaign. As the country’s first inter-species campaign, Costa Rican animals warn Americans that their hectic work habits are endangering both their minds and bodies. One of the campaign’s main concerns is the loss of family vacation time, as studies by Expedia.com show Americans leave over 500 million vacation days unused every year.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south; it is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. With an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates this small country proudly shelters approximately five percent of the known biodiversity in the world. In order to protect and preserve its wealth of natural resources, Costa Rica has become a global leader in sustainable practices with protected areas comprising 26 percent of its land mass. With a peaceful spirit, emphasis on education and an economy based on tourism, technology and exportation, Costa Rica offers one of the highest standards of living in Latin America. Visitors to Costa Rica enjoy a highly organized tourism infrastructure among a tropical paradise of lush rainforests, mystical volcanoes and cloud forests and beaches that meet mountains filled with monkeys and macaws. Offering a broad terrain of activities and accommodations, visitors to Costa Rica will find a range of hotel options ranging from small beachside bed & breakfasts to authentic intimate boutique mountain lodges to major international business hotel brands and everything in between. Costa Rica’s accommodations offer something appealing for everyone’s desires. The phrase “Pura Vida” can be heard echoing throughout Costa Rica from coast to coast. Used as a greeting or expression of happiness, the phrase literally translates to “pure life,” however its true meaning is “full of life,” which accurately describes the adventure and wonder that await visitors.