The institute calls on employers, workers and tourists to continue implementing the sanitary guidelines, such as hand-washing, social distancing,
traveling social bubbles and wearing face masks. - Tourism Institute photo -
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Between 400,000 and 1.6 million tourists
could arrive this year, says study
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Tourism Institute announced a study of two possible scenarios for the arrival of tourists this year, which estimated between 400,000 to 1.6 million travelers.
According to the institute, the goal of this study is to have a more precise picture to help decision-making in times of pandemic.
The study is about the application of two models of the gradual recovery of tourism, the so-called Continuous Growth Trend.
The first model, which projects more conservative data, is compared with another model of the tourism expectations before the pandemic.
However, the results of both models must be handled with caution as the uncertainty is constant in current health circumstances, the institute said.
"The models, then, are sensitive to many factors, including the advancement of vaccination, border openings or closures, quarantine periods, travel fears, among others," the institute said in its statement. "For this reason, those models will be reviewed every three months."
The model with a lower tourist expectation uses the data of arrivals between January 2010 and February 2020. On the other hand, the highest tourist expectation model estimates the expected visits if the epidemic did not exist.
The institute calls on employers, workers and tourists to continue implementing the sanitary guidelines, such as hand-washing, social distancing, traveling social bubbles and wearing face masks. Practicing the sanitary guidelines is of vital importance during the tourism recovery period.
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