Costa Rica’s tourism experienced a growth of three times the rate of the country’s economy, making 2015 an exceptional year for the country’s tourism industry.
The country recorded figures that exceed all statistical records established by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT).
“In addition to the country’s rapid arrivals growth, 2015 has been an exceptional year for development in the tourism industry,” said Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism.
“We have experienced an increase in the number of airlines currently flying to Costa Rica, as well as major progress in the development of the National Congress and Convention Center.
“This year will also be forever marked in Costa Rican tourism history, as the industry important milestone – the arrival of over one million Americans.”
Costa Rica received over 2.6 million international arrivals by all ports, representing an increase of 5.5 percent.
In addition, flight arrivals recorded over 1.8 million, an increase of 8.0 percent, maintaining its position as the main port of entry to record with almost 70 percent of tourists entering the country.
According to Ventura, four airlines began offering flights from North America to Costa Rica in 2015, including flights from Baltimore, Houston, Calgary and Denver.
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.